How to Prolong the Life of Your Horse Rugs

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Horse rugs can be pricey investments, especially if you have multiple horses or if your horse needs multiple rugs. These tips can help you to get the most life possible out of your horse rugs.

Clean Your Rugs Properly

Did you know that if you clean a waterproof horse rug with regular laundry detergent, the detergent can actually strip the waterproofing from the rug? Make sure that you follow the manufacturer’s directions whenever you clean your horse rugs. Generally it’s best to use a rug cleaner manufactured just for horse rugs. If you’re not sure how to properly clean your rugs, consider sending them out to a service which specializes in cleaning horse rugs.

Only Store Cleaned Rugs

Before you pack your horse rugs away for the season, take the time to make sure that they have all been cleaned and that they are completely dry. Packing away a rug which is still damp or which still has mud on it can lead to mold and can deteriorate the rug’s material.

Protect Your Stored Rugs

When you do store your horse rugs, make sure that you store them so that they are protected from pests like moths and mice. You can pack your rugs into rubber totes, and it’s a good idea to put some mothballs in with the rugs to keep moths away. Make sure that the tote lids secure tightly and pack the totes in a dry area.

Make Repairs Promptly

Whenever you notice that a rug is damaged, make the repair before you put the rug on your horse again. A small tear can become enormous when your horse is out running around in the pasture, and some damage to horse rugs can even endanger your horse.

There are a number of repairs that you can make to horse rugs quite easily yourself. However, if you don’t have the right supplies or materials, don’t opt for a cheap repair just to get by. Send the rug to a saddler or tack store which offers professional repairs.

Re-Waterproof Your Rugs

If you notice that your horse rugs are losing their waterproof qualities, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to buy a new rug. Instead, you can re-waterproof your rugs by using a waterproofing treatment available in your local tack store. These treatments can add another few years onto the useful life of your horse rugs.

When you head out to buy new horse rugs, remember that appropriate care can help to prolong the life of your investment.

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