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post #11 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 11:56 AM
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I'd just soak it in a bucket with some warm water and detergent, rinse, then dry......I think they are trying to assign responsibility. Hand washing seems to be a lost art.....
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post #12 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 12:00 PM
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If it were me, I'd lay on on the lawn, spray it with a hose and air dry. I can't imagine it needing any more than if it's being rinsed regularly.
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post #13 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 12:07 PM
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If you have your own pads already, why don't you just use those? It does seem odd that a barn would assign laundry, but if they have a very large number of pads and no time to do laundry, this is a way to keep equipment clean and save them time. Its not what I would consider normal, though.

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post #14 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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If you have your own pads already, why don't you just use those?
Because I like to use them for my own horses, and I don't stay up to date with my own barn laundry.

Edit: And to add, it doesn't matter whether I use my own or theirs, it still has to be washed every week.

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post #15 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 12:24 PM
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Weird =/. That doesn't sounds normal to me. I agree with you, you'd think cleaning your saddle and bridle after the lesson would be enough to show responsibility. How old are the other kids in your lesson group?
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Weird =/. That doesn't sounds normal to me. I agree with you, you'd think cleaning your saddle and bridle after the lesson would be enough to show responsibility. How old are the other kids in your lesson group?
Um, 12, 9, 7, a few six year olds, and a 4 year old. I think. Those number sound close enough.

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post #17 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 12:29 PM
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I've never heard of a barn doing that, and I can imagine there are a lot of parents who don't want a saddle pad covered in horsehair going into their home washers! It does seem like they're just looking for a way to avoid washing the saddle pads themselves; it would be better from a hygiene point of view to have pads assigned to horses, then maybe have a working student have the weekly task of gathering them all up and washing them in one load.
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post #18 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 02:09 PM
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Do they have a washing machine at this barn? Is it working?

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post #20 of 36 Old 07-31-2013, 06:13 PM
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Sounds like they are just using the students to wash the pads. There is no sense to it. As long as you are putting the tack back where it belongs and putting the horse away clean, your job is done.
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