Caring for Your Saddle Blankets

The saddle blanket that you drape over your horse before putting your saddle down plays a very important role. It prevents your horse from developing sores as a result of friction between a saddle and a horse’s back. It also keeps your horse comfortable while you’re riding by evenly distributing pressure.Custom Saddle Blankets

You should take steps to care for your saddle blanket to increase its lifespan and protect your horse. Here are some steps you should use to do it.

Avoid placing your saddle blanket into the washer and/or dryer

When your saddle blanket gets dirty, you might be tempted to simply stick it into the washer and dryer like any other blanket. The problem is that not all saddle blankets are designed to go into the washer and dryer. You should read the label on it to see how to care for your saddle blanket properly. You might be able to wash but not dry it, or you might not be able to put it into the washer and dryer at all.

Use a small vacuum to get rid of horse hair and dust

Whether you’re able to put your saddle blanket into a washer and dryer or not, you should make sure that you clear any horse hair and dust from it first with a small vacuum. Excessive amounts of horse hair and dust on a saddle blanket can make the blanket uncomfortable for your horse and prevent the blanket from doing the job that it’s intended to do.

Consider using a garden hose to remove excess dirt, dust, and hair

Is your vacuum struggling to remove all of the horse hair, dust, and other dirt on your saddle blanket? If so, you can use cold water from a garden hose to spray it down. You should steer clear of spraying directly down on to the blanket and aim the hose at an angle instead to drive hair, dust, and dirt toward the edges of your blanket. You should then allow the blanket to air dry away from any heat sources and the sun since they could cause damage to it.

Is it time to replace your old saddle blanket with a new one? Cutter Classic can provide you with your choice of one of our excellent saddle blankets. We have medium weight pads, heavy weight pads, alpaca pads, and more. Call us at 580-276-6126 to place an order today!

The Benefits of Merino Wool

Merino Wool Cutter Classic’s 100% Merino wool backed saddle blankets last for years. They can easily be spray cleaned with water, they don’t soak up sweat, and horses (and their owners) seem to love them.

Merino Wool is Comfortable

Why does Cutter Classic use Merino wool for the saddle blankets? Well, if you’re familiar with wool clothing from growing up a long time ago, you probably didn’t like wool then because it made you feel itchy and scratchy, right? For a long time, that was wool’s reputation. However, Merino wool isn’t like that. Merino wool has fine and flexible fibers that softly bend unlike the other forms of wool which are less flexible, larger in diameter, and prick when pressed against the skin. Therefore, Merino wool is not itchy, and that’s good news for both humans and horses.

Merino Wool Helps Wick Away Moisture

Next, Merino wool is able to “breathe” and manage moisture well. So, when your horse’s body heats up, moisture vapors are absorbed by the wool fiber and then released to the drier environment outside of the fabric. Wool has the ability to wick away moisture in its vapor state.

Not only does this natural process release the heat well, but also keeps the wearer– your horse–dry.

Merino Wool Absorbs Dry Weight Well

Also, Merino wool is better than synthetics, for instance, because it can absorb up to 30% of its dry weight before ever feeling wet, whereas synthetics typically feel wet after they absorb 7% or so.

Merino Wool Interlocks Keratin and is Odor Resistant

Merino wool almost functions like a second skin. It cools and heats a body as needed, naturally, and it’s made of strong interlocking protein molecules known as keratin. This means it’s strong, elastic, and resilient.

Furthermore, people and horses like to wear Merino wool because it’s odor resistant. Because it manages moisture well, there’s no time or chance for odor-causing bacteria to thrive on it.

If you’re looking for a saddle blanket that does all these good things while also offering natural sun protection and little-to-no static, Cutter Classic makes the kind of saddle blankets you can feel good about putting on your horse(s). Find out more information about the high-quality, long-lasting custom Merino wool blankets here.

The Benefits of Alpaca Fiber

Alpaca Fiber Have you ever had the chance to feel alpaca fiber? It’s incredibly soft and is often compared to cashmere because of its extremely plush texture. It can also provide you with as much warmth as wool does, but it doesn’t feel nearly as heavy as wool. Additionally, alpaca comes in more than a dozen natural colors and can be dyed to be just about any color that you want. It’s why so many people are turning to alpaca over other fibers. Here are some of the other excellent benefits of it.

It’s very breathable.

Alpaca fiber is so plush and so warm that you might not think that it’s all that breathable. But when you feel it against your skin for the first time, you will quickly realize that it has superior breathability. It can also wick body moisture away from your skin and provide warmth to you when it’s wet.

It’s windproof and fire resistant.

When you are wearing something made out of alpaca fiber, it will cut down on the wind that you feel. You also won’t ever have to worry about alpaca fiber catching on fire as it is naturally fire resistant. It also resists stains and acquired odors. There isn’t much that can change the look and feel of alpaca fiber.

It’s hypoallergenic.

Many people are concerned about the allergic reactions they might have to using a product made out of alpaca fiber. But unlike other types of fiber, alpaca fiber is hypoallergenic and won’t cause those with allergies to struggle to be around it.

It’s less irritating to the skin.

There are lots of fibers out there, especially fibers that are very plush like alpaca fiber, that will irritate your skin when they come into contact with it. But that isn’t the case with alpaca fiber. It contains no lanolin and isn’t prickly at all, so you will feel nothing but softness when you are using something with alpaca fiber in it.

Cutter Classics Blankets understands all of the benefits of alpaca fiber and used them to create alpaca pads that can be used in conjunction with our alpaca blankets to ride horses. When you use our alpaca products, you will be provided with the smoothest, most comfortable ride you’ve ever taken, and your horse will appreciate the pad and blanket you are using. To learn more about our pads and blankets or to order one for yourself, call us at 580-276-6126 today.