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RE: [RC] [RC] Horse Blankets Buyer Beware - Laurie Durgin

Most waterproofing doesn't last beyond 3 years at most. Also it does matter what you wash them in, it can mess up the waterproofing. You can't use detergents on them.You can buy either spraycan waterproofing yourself , or use, Thompsons water seal and spray them with that. Nikwax also has a waterproofer.
No waterproof/breathable system is foolproof, at a certain level the waterproof /breathablility can be overwhelmed in humid conditons or if they sweat alot.Also some systems must have a lining to work.And dirt can mess up and clog the breathability level.

From: sandy rovane <blanketlady@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [RC]   Horse Blankets Buyer Beware
Date: Sat, 6 Nov 2004 07:24:15 -0800 (PST)

As I recently moved and the barn is not up yet, the rain started and I bought new "water proof" Kensington blankets for my three horses. $100. Not expensive but not cheap. These are red, white and blue. The straps suck but I do horse blanket repair so I figured I could deal with it. Water proof they are. Breathable they are not. The temperature is in the 50-60 and I live in the trees so I don't think they got that hot. Problems is the wool liner doesn't have enough absorption in the layer between the blanket and the horse and the liner is totally wet and the horses are cold. Second problem, is that these are the nicest fitting blankets I have bought. I hate to have to double blanket but they are worthless the way they are. I wish Toklat would rebuild their 1995 model. I still have these although they have been repaired so much they are not waterproof. I have made a deal with the dealer to take them back and get store credit. Anyway, for what it is worth, buyer beware!

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