Since I’ve last posted, it has rained here in Stillwater. Drops of water fell from the sky. It was amazing. The horses seemed perplexed. “What could this moisture possibly be?” They ran around the pastures like wild animals enjoying their natural bath. The rain brought a gorgeous “cold” front with it. I don’t know what was better, the cooler air or the rain? Either way, the weather has officially pushed me into fall mode. I’m going to start pretending like it’s autumn even though we have about another month to go.
I love fall. Living in a college town also perpetuates this love of fall. All of our old boarders are coming back from the summer break and we also have some pretty new faces around the barn as well. I’m so excited to get to know them! Around here, fall means new back packs and packs of pencils. Candy corn and baked apples. Dressing to the nine to go to football games. Smelling the whole Oklahoma State campus barbequing (even from our end of town) during tail gating season. Fall is my absolute favorite time of year.
It’s also the time when I start preparing for winter in the barns. Ah yes, the nostalgia doesn’t last long around here. Running a barn and owning horses means consistently having a long to-do list. So I’ve lit my “spiced pumpkin pie” candle and I’m making a list of things things I need to accomplish before winter sets in. One of them being cleaning all our horse blankets. There is nothing worse than having the weather man tell you there is going to be a hard cold snap, only to run out to the barn to blanket your ponies and find your stinky blankets still in the same muddy condition you left them in last spring. Those things are expensive, and in order to keep them in working condition, they need to be cleaned regularly. I admit, I made one of the cardinal mistakes of taking care of horse blankets this year. I didn’t wash them before putting them up for the summer. Gasp! I know, but it’s true. So I dug out the blankets and decided to take them to town to a laundromat to wash them. I usually just use the old water hose spray-down method, but seeing as how they were down right filthy, I thought it would be best to actually wash them. In a machine. With soap.
I found a laundromat in town that has huge commercial washers. It cost $6.00 to do one load, but I was able to fit three blankets in the machine! I was so impressed! Here is the before pictures of two of my blankets. I mean, I know my horses are dirty, but this is ridiculous. Excuse the bad photos, they’re from my cell phone. I felt a little awkward taking a big camera in to the laundromat…
Here are the after photos. Not bad, huh?You can’t see from the weird lighting as well as in person, but these babies are sparkling clean. Talk about preserving your investment!
That’s one thing I can cross off my winter preparedness list!