Horse blankets should be hung to dry, rather than put in a dryer. Heat can destroy waterproofing or damage some of the fabrics in modern horse blankets, or melt the glue that holds laminated portions together. Don’t put them in a clothes dryer unless it has a drying cycle that utilizes cool air.
Keep Horse Blankets Dry at All Times
Wearing a wet blanket is as bad, or worse than wearing no blanket at all. … Not all horses will react to the cold weather the same way. Young horses, senior horses, or thin-coated horses will probably feel the cold more than thickly coated horses, ponies, and mature healthy horses.
it depends how handled they are but most of the I roll mine into a ball and rub them with it slowly (usually untied but on headcollar in stable) then slide over back, if they jump or are spooked i will get a numnah and put that on first instead then try again with the rug but just rubbing them and talking – once the …
Blankets tend to compress a coat’s layers, which compromises their insulating properties. Horses that do not live in extremely cold environments – meaning routinely colder than 10°F – will do well without a blanket, provided they are either stalled during the coldest temperatures or have access to a protective shelter.
Make sure blankets are kept dry and do not put a blanket on a wet horse; wait until the horse is dry before blanketing. Or take a wet blanket off a horse to keep it from becoming chilled. Days that the temperature becomes warm remove the blanket so the horse does not sweat and become wet under the blanket.
Throw a light- or midweight blanket on your body-clipped horse when temperatures start to hit the 40s, and reach for a heavier one once temperatures dip below freezing.
“I use the same silicone spray product to waterproof blankets as I do on my patio cushions – Scotchgard™,” says Barron. “It’s cheap, you can pick it up just about anywhere, and it works. KIWI Camp Dry® is another good one.” Make sure your blanket is clean before applying a water repellent.
One old school method of drying your wet fuzzy horse is to stuff his cooler with hay or straw. This creates an airy insulating layer that helps him dry quickly.
How do I prevent blanket rubs?
If you ride late in the day and need to turn out your horse for the night, it’s OK to leave a cooler and turnout sheet on overnight. … (Like wet hair, matted hair loses its ability to trap warm air around the horse’s body.)