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BY MICHAEL JENNINGS (THE MOBILE SADDLER) HORSE  RUG REPAIRS

I have tried to reach a consensus through various horse rug manufacturers  on the subject of rug care.

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To ensure you get a long life from your waterproof denier, take a few precautions:

UV will eventually effect the lining over a long period of time. When rugs are not being used, avoid leaving them out on rails in direct sun for days or weeks at a time.

Before storing your rug away, ensure it is dry and at room temperature. Don't take directly from a warm sunny clothes line and seal away, allow the rug to cool down and air at room temperature for a few hours before packing away. The polymer membrane lining, which gives the rug its waterproofing, is similar to a rubber compound. It has an inherent moisture content which varies with environmental conditions like humidity etc. Waterproofing eventually fails in a rug when the lining ages and the polymer dries out and becomes brittle. Storing the rug away for long, extended periods, can accelerate the breakdown of the membrane. The rug needs to be aired from time to time to allow it to 'breath' & insure the polymer lining doesn't dry out excessively. Rugs that get used infrequently are usually the ones that have the shortest membrane life because they either dry out or grow mould.

How should you take care of your horse’s rugs ?
Many rugs are heat treated and will not shrink. However bindings may be of polypropylene (like plastic) and can suffer damage in hot water. It’s wise to avoid using water above 40c. Avoid hot or warm water, as some machines will use a very hot cycle, (some up to 90c+ )- excessive hot water will damage the polypropylene binding, which will melt/change shape, it tends to shrink and cause the binding to bunch up.
   Never use a clothes dryer, as the high heat will melt or damage the fabric and polypropylene bindings and straps causing shrinkage and distortion of shape.
KEEP IT COOL !