Horse rug repairs usually fall into three categories, small tears, rips and holes, large rips and broken straps or hardware. Usually, for the small tears, rips and holes, it’s easy for owners to make repairs as needed, but for the larger repairs unless you have a heavy duty sewing machine, it’s usually best to have horse rug repairs done by a professional shop, especially if you want the repair to last. A big rip can of course be repaired successfully by hand if you have the time and inclination.
One of the most useful new products on the market is the heavy duty iron on horse blanket patches. These were designed and developed in Australia by Sue Collier. Sue wanted to find a quick and easy, permanent solution to the difficult and time consuming problem of constantly doing horse rug repairs for her own and daughter’s horses.
Needles and thread
Making horse rug repairs is actually a lot easier than most people would think, although it does take time and effort. This is because most horse rugs or blankets have a very loose weave making it easy to pass a needle through. Usually the blanket consists of a shell and a liner and these can often be separated for large jobs or be all sewn together for small horse rug repairs if you prefer.
You will need a large needlepoint needle with a big enough eye to take the thread you’re using. This can be a braded thread or waxed thread. Some people use fishing line or even dental floss, any strong thread is suitable.
Patches and tape
There are a good selection of patches and suitable reinforced adhesive tapes for horse rug repairs available as well as glues. You can make your own patches from heavy denim, canvas or light carpet. Just cut them oversize to allow the edges to be folded over and glue them into place with a good overlap.
In areas where they may take a bit of strain you can place a patch on both sides as your horse can sometimes get an itch under the blanket and it has to put up with some serious scratching.
Before you start horse rug repairs, if possible, give it a wash using a mild soap so you don’t destroy the waterproofing and hang it out to dry
Assess the damage
Spread out the blanket so you can fit the torn edges together and see if anything is missing.
Often it is a good idea to tape up any tears with your adhesive glue so your blanket is in its original shape then apply adhesive or glued on patches. Once they are set you can stitch around them.
If using iron on patches you simply need to spread out the clean, dry blanket and iron on the patch to complete the job and make perfect horse patch repairs in minutes.
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