A horses’ rug is like our own clothing – it should be hung to dry out in a well-ventilated, dry area when it is wet or damp. Hanging out a rug where possible limits the potential that the rug may rot and also keeps it smelling fresher. Rugs must be totally dry and aired before being stored to avoid any mould or damage to the stitching. Black bin bags are not recommended for storage as they tend to hold more moisture on them than properly manufactured packaging.
It is highly recommended that a rug is cleaned professionally before being stored so that there is no mud or rain moisture left on the rug. Even being folded up whilst it still has mud on it causes stains and ingrained dirt, making it less hygienic for the horses.
How often should we reproof rugs? It is often advantageous to reproof your rug once a year, but in English weather conditions – it may well be necessary! This is something often done before end of season storage – then it’s completely ready to go for when it’s next needed.
Specially manufactured cleaning solutions such as Nikwax may be used to reproof and this is the most commonly used solution proving it’s quality and consistency.