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Stable Smarts  

Excerpts of Sensible Tips from the book by Heather Smith Thomas, Salmon, ID

 

December 2009 Issue

 

Washing Saddle Pads

     Fleece pads, as well as other natural and synthetic saddle pads are easy to keep clean and soft because they are washable. However, they can be a nuisance to clean in a washing machine, leaving horse hair and grime in the tub and requiring several rinses to get rid of the soap (the residue can irritate a horse’s back).

     The type of power washer used for cleaning motors and farm equipment is handy for washing fleece saddle pads. You can also use the pressure washer at a car wash. Even without soap, the pressurized stream of water can lift out dirt and hair better than a washing machine.

     Drape the dirty pad over a sawhorse or saddle stand for washing. After cleaning both sides, hang it on a fence to dry.

     Whichever cleaning method you use, you may want to use a vacuum cleaner to pull out any hair left in the pad. It’s a great way to fluff up fleece!

Cleaning Saddle Pads between Washings

     After you’ve used a saddle pad, let the sweat dry, then brush the pad or fleece with a steel-bristled, dog-grooming brush, a sheep-grooming card, or a steel or rubber curry comb. You’ll remove dried sweat and caked dirt or hair.

     A quick brushing between rides makes the pad more comfortable for the horse and lets you extend the time between washings.

Heather Smith Thomas is the author of numerous articles and 20 books. She and her husband ranch near Salmon, Idaho . For more information about her books, visit www.rockymountainrider.com/Business_Profiles/heather_smith_thomas.htm.

   Heather’s blog online is: heathersmiththomas.blogspot.com

 

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