How can I limit the amount of horse hair that is stuck in my horse’s cooler? Polo wraps? Saddle pads? Everything else I own that touches my horse or even steps out of the car at the barn?
Oh I wish there was some magical trick or tool that I could make and become a kazillionaire. Until that day, here are some ideas on how to rid your horse clothes and your horse’s clothes from all of that darn hair!
-Keep your horse clipped in the winter. While not ideal or desirable for some horses, clipping is a great way to reduce the volume of hair that is deposited on everything within a 10 foot radius of your horse. Your horse will still shed hairs, they will just be much shorter.
-The curry comb is your friend, and so is the vacuum. Get rid of as much loose hair before you start putting “clothes” on your horse. For legs that like to deposit hair into your best polo wraps, use a pimple mitt or double sides jelly sponge to curry.
Wool coolers are the WORST for removing hair!
-Have a plan for horse clothing hair removal. Some ideas:
A super stiff and durable nylon brush is good for using some elbow grease to brush out your blankets, coolers, and saddle pads that belong to your horse. Yes, it will be like grooming your horse all over again, but think of your arms! Able to lift super heavy things and stuff!
The horse vacuum is also great for use on saddle pads and blankets. For large coolers and sheets, clip your cross ties together to create a laundry line to drape your blanket from before you vacuum. This allows you to vacuum easily, and your blanket or horse cooler won’t drop and flop on the grounds.
Use a specialty brush. I found the hair removal brush pictured below at a big pet supply store. It’s great for the pet hair at home, and also works fairly well with the horse hair on everything else. This works pretty well with a fleece cooler, which as we all know is really some sort of crazy super glue magnet for horse hair.
Raid your kitchen cabinets. Know those rubbery, grippy shelf liners that are patterned like mini funnel cakes? Fold one of those up to use as a hair removal tool. Works well on your furniture at home, too!
These drawer liners are hair removing magic!
Rubber spongy tools and shedding blocks can work, too. There are many types and styles available, your local pet store should carry a few options for hair removal. It may take some experimentation as to what works best. There’s also a hair blade called the SleekEZ that is great fro heavy duty hair removal, on horses and horse clothes!
You can also use a washing machine and dryer to remove some of the horse hair that your blankets and coolers have collected, but this can clog your washer. I also get the feeling that what hairs survive this cycle only become permanently part of the fabric. No scientific proof for this, but I’m highly suspicious. Toss your dirty horse clothes into the washer and dryer after you have buffed out most of the hair and you should be good to go.
A stiff brush works wonders for removing "crusty" things from blankets and leg straps.
You also have the option of straight up denial, in which case all of your horse’s clothes can have keep own extra layer of hair. Denial is sometimes partnered with wearing blinders. This may work well for you, but keep in mind your barn mates may start to call you names!!
How do you deal with horse hair removal from your coolers, blankets, and saddle pads?