Tips to Keep Your Horse Rugs in Great Shape


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Horse rugs are an expensive investment, and your horse puts their durability to test. Thankfully there are a number of things you can do to help keep your horse rugs in great shape, ensuring that you get plenty of use out of the rugs.

Always Dry Before Storing

Nothing will make a rug mold more quickly than storing it while it is still wet. If a horse rug gets wet, then make sure that you dry it out thoroughly. It is best to hang the rug so that it can dry evenly without trapping any moisture. Once the rug is completely dry, you can fold it and store it.

Rotate Rugs

One of the best ways to prolong the life of your horse rugs is to buy multiple rugs and rotate their use. Having multiple rugs for the same purpose can come in handy, especially if one rug gets wet or damaged. With multiple rugs, each rug gets less use and has time to be dried and repaired before being put back to work.

Make Repairs Promptly

If a rug is damaged, stop using it until you can either repair it yourself or have it repaired. Small issues, like a small tear or the stitching beginning to give way on a strap, can quickly become much larger issues, especially if your horse manages to catch the rug on anything. Make sure that all repairs are done well and that no loose edges are left after the repair.

Avoid Laundry Detergent

While your horse rugs will definitely require cleaning, it is important to avoid using laundry detergent when washing your horse rugs. Laundry detergent will remove the waterproofing properties from a horse rug, and you will soon be left with a rug that cannot be used in wet weather. Instead of using laundry detergent, wash your rug using a rug wash that is manufactured by a horse rug company.

Choose Turnout Buddies Wisely

Horses turned out in herds often like to play with each other’s rugs. Unfortunately, rough play can result in significant damage. If your horse is turned out with others, then make sure that all of the horses play nice. If one particular horse is rough on rugs, then consider turning him out separately or having him wear a grazing muzzle to reduce the damage.

Once you have bought your horse rugs, you will want to keep them in good shape to prolong the use you can get out of them. These tips can help you do just that.

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