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When determining your horse's size you should use a tape measure and begin from the middle of the horse's chest and continue across the length of its body until its tail. If the measurement is an odd number then add one to the total value as horse blankets are sold in even sizes.
Number alone does not determine a perfect fit since manufacturers vary their cuts and sizes somewhat. Once you have determined your horse's measurements do the following checks:
Although a blanket can comfort and protect your horse immensely, it must also fit correctly lest it create problems of its own.
Another common question horse owners ask is…
Can I wash a horse blanket in a washing machine?
Many horse blankets can indeed be washed in a washing machine, but it is important to read the washing instructions provided with your blanket as all blankets differ. That being said, I generally prefer to wash a blanket in cold water by hand. Unless you have a spare washing machine set aside for cleaning horse blankets and other related items, a dirty blanket can do a number on your machine. It can take several subsequent washes to remove all traces of horse hair and (not to mention the pungent scent) depending on the capabilities of your machine.
You will have to make a choice based on your personal preference here – there is no right answer (unless the washing instructions warn against machine washing).
That being said regardless of your method of washing it is a good idea to care for your horse blankets when they are not in use by storing them in a clean, dry room. Regular washings are very important when your blanket is put to use. Proper horse blanket care will keep it more hygienic, maintain its visual appeal and enhance its lifespan.