Navajo Saddle BlanketWool Saddle Blanket
Hand-woven wool double blanket with laced leather wear leathers. Assorted stripes and patterns or solid colors.
The importance of using quality western saddle pads is a "given" among knowledgeable horsemen. Today there are many good blankets and pads made of different materials available at varying cost. But the wool saddle blanket is far and away still the favorite of most professionals and recreationists. As with anything worth using, a good wool blanket is seldom inexpensive, and should be considered an investment. With proper care (requiring only a little attention), a wool blanket will last for many years, even if used for many hours every day.
Navajo Saddle Blanket
Here are a few tips to help you prolong the use of a wool blanket:
Beat and brush the blanket:
Every few days, simply slap the saddle pad against a door, pipe, fence, etc. Then use a soft to medium stiff horse brush (not a metal curry comb), and brush the hair and dander from the blanket. This wonít take more than 5 minutes of your time.
Wash the blanket:
Every 60 to 90 days, wash the blanket in a tub of cold water. For best results, put your blanket in a tub of water and let it soak for a least an hour. Then, as best you can "wring" the western saddle pads blanket in the water, then "wring" it out of the water.
Hang the blanket over a rail:
(like the top rail of a fence), and with a soft to medium brush, lightly brush the blanket on both sides. Let the blanket air dry completely, then slap it against a door or fence until it feels as soft as a brand new one.
It is best not to use soap when washing wool blankets. The wool saddle pads will retain much of the soap (even soaps made specifically for wool). When the blanket becomes wet with sweat, the residual soap may seep throughout the very porous wool, and irritate a horseís back.
After a few washings, the color will of course begin to fade. This has no bearing on the usefulness of the blanket in serving itís true purpose. You might find that you prefer an older, faded, soft blanket next to your horseís back. After all, the concept is to protect your horseís back and keep them comfortable.
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