How to Prolong the Life of Your Horse Rugs

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Horse rugs are a pricey investment, and finding a horse rug that fits your horse correctly can take a few tries. Once you own a few horse rugs, you will want to make sure that they last as long as possible. These steps can help you to prolong the life of your horse rugs.

Repair Tears Immediately

If your horse tears or otherwise damages a horse rug, stop using that rug until you have a chance to repair it. Putting a torn rug on your horse may result in an even bigger tear, possibly destroying the rug and putting your horse’s safety at risk.

Rotate Use

It’s a good practice to buy a few horse rugs of similar weight so that you can rotate their use throughout the year. The more that you’re able to rotate use, the longer each rug will last. Having an extra horse rug on hand can also be helpful if a rug is damaged or wet and you need a replacement.

Invest in Quality

The better the quality rug that you buy, the better a chance that it will last you for years. Investing in a quality horse rug can mean that you won’t have to quickly replace the rug. When you’re buying a rug, be sure to pay attention to the denier of the rug, which refers to how tough and durable the outer material is. The higher the denier rating, the better the rug will hold up under wear and tear.

Dry Thoroughly

If your horse comes in wearing a wet horse rug, it’s important to thoroughly dry the rug out before folding it up. If you fold up a wet rug, the rug can mold and deteriorate. A rug bar or rug rack can provide you with a way to hang wet rugs until they are completely dry.

Clean Every Season

Throughout a season of use, a horse rug will accumulate a large amount of hair and dirt. It is best to clean your horse rugs at least once a season, and always before you go to store them long-term.

Pay Attention to Warranties

Many quality horse rugs now come with warranties, some lasting a year or longer. Pay attention to whether a rug that you buy has a warrantee, and make sure to save your receipts for the purchase of the horse rug. Even if the rug doesn’t have a warrantee, if the rug seems to be defective early on, many companies will replace the rug at no charge.

With good attention to your horse rug’s condition, you can prolong the usable life of your horse rugs.

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