Because horse blankets aren’t cheap, knowing how to effectively repair them can save you hundreds of dollars. If you’re on the road or trail and need a quick, immediate fix for a blanket tear, try one of the following:
– For small tears to Polyester blankets, use a cigarette lighter to melt small holes and frays. But be sure to use common sense and take the blanket OFF your horse before attempting.
– Duct Tape! It will hold a torn blanket together until you are able to better repair it.
– For larger tears and holes, use an iron-on or denim patch (available at discount department stores).
Some basic instructions for blanket repairs:
– Clean the blanket first and make sure it’s completely dry before starting repairs.
– Assess the damage to find out if the tear is superficial or if it involves the inner lining or filling.
– Use an iron-on patch as the cheapest, easiest method for repair to the outer layer of a blanket or sheet. Trim it to fit, apply iron heat to the patch, and wait until it’s completely cool to move the blanket.
– For larger tears or for ones that go through multiple layers of the blanket, sewing is your best bet. Use basic sewing strokes and sew from the underside of the blanket. Make it tight, but don’t allow the material to bunch up.
– Your local tack or feed shop should be able to provide you with replacement buckles, hooks, or straps.
– If the damage is severe, particularly with waterproof blankets, it may still be more cost-efficient to hire a professional seamstress than to spend another hundred dollars or so on a