As summer approaches, it’s time to start thinking about how you’ll store your winter horse rugs. Along with the correctly storing your rugs for next winter, we recommend using the Horsemaster Rug Wash with Insect Repellent before storing your rugs and blankets away for the winter. 

Keep reading for a few tips and tricks to help you make sure your rugs stay in the best condition possible! 


1. Clean and Repair 

The first thing you should do is make sure your rugs are clean and dry before storing them away, to help prevent any mould or mildew forming. If your rugs are wet or damp, you can hang them up in a well-ventilated area until they’re dry. 

Before storing your winter rugs, it is crucial to give them a thorough cleaning. Start by shaking off any loose dirt and debris. Then, use a stiff brush to remove dried mud and hair. Depending on the rug’s material, you can either hand wash it or use a washing machine. 

Inspect the rug for any signs of damage, such as tears, loose stitching, or missing hardware. Address any issues promptly to prevent them from worsening during storage. Small repairs now can save future you from dealing with bigger problems later on

Greg Grant's Saddlery’s Horsemaster Rug Wash with Insect Repellent is a great tool to have on hand for any horse owner. This all-in-one product is designed to keep your horse's rugs clean and protected from pesky insects. To use it, simply mix the Horsemaster Rug Wash with warm water in a bucket or washbasin, and then immerse the rug in the solution. Let it soak for 10-15 minutes before rinsing off with clean water. You can then let your horse's rug air dry or give it a quick spin in the washing machine. With the added insect repellent, you can be sure that your horse's rug will stay clean and bug-free. 


2. Properly Dry the Rugs

After cleaning, make sure your horse rugs are completely dry before storing them. Hanging them on a sturdy rack or fence in the sun is an excellent way to achieve this. Avoid folding or storing rugs when they are damp, as this can lead to mould and mildew growth, which can be harmful to both your horse and the rug.  


3. Fold and Store Carefully 

Once your rugs are clean and dry, you should fold them up neatly and place them in a breathable storage bag. This will help to protect them from dust and dirt, while also helping to prevent any damage from occurring.  


4. Choosing the Right Storage Space

  • Keep Them Indoors
    It’s crucial to keep your winter rugs indoors. Storing them in a dry and climate-controlled environment will protect them from the harsh effects of cold and dampness, leading to mould, mildew, and fabric deterioration. 
  • Elevate the Rugs
    When storing your rugs, try to find a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. This will help to protect the material and prevent any fading or discolouration from occurring. You should also avoid storing your rugs on the floor, as this can lead to damage from any water or dirt that may accumulate. 
  • Pest Prevention
    Be vigilant about pest prevention. Invest in airtight storage containers or use natural repellents to keep insects and rodents at bay, as their presence can cause irreparable damage to the horse rugs.  


5. Check Periodically

While your winter rugs are in storage, it is a good idea to check on them periodically. This allows you to ensure that they remain in good condition and address any issues promptly. Look for signs of moisture, pests, or damage, and take appropriate action if needed. 


Properly storing your winter horse rugs is an investment in their longevity and performance. By following these simple steps, you can ensure that your equine friend stays cozy and comfortable in the seasons to come, and your horse rugs are ready to do their job when winter rolls around again!