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Girth Troubles! (help)

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  • freyamae Original Poster freyamae
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    Hello everyone!
    I purchased a fleece lined girth with elastic on either end several months ago. It obviously isn’t suitable for the washing machine but i just can’t get it clean! i have tried hand washing with several different washing detergents, soaps, stain removers etc. My once beautiful crisp white girth could now be mistaken as brown fleece. I wouldn’t have a problem if it was just discoloured but its actually still dirty, so much its causing discomfort for my pony. All advice appreciated, no mean comments please. :)

    RedApple RedApple
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    Intrigued. What colored it Brown?
    If it’s your pony…you may be scrubbing the wrong thing.
    There are fleece sleves that cover- you’ve seen them- and can survive vigorous washing. Good luck!

    "The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a 'man"

    freyamae Original Poster freyamae
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 5

    after washing my girth a couple times i thought it could maybe be my pony, so i decided to bathe her as soon as it was warm enough, she gets groomed twice a day and it doesn’t seem to be her. the first thing to make my girth brown was mud from running through the xc. Im considering a sleeve, or maybe even a new girth!

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    Is it lined with synthetic or real fleece? It is hard to keep anything white looking clean around horses, but your post said it doesn’t just look brown, it is still dirty. So is it stained, or are you not able to get the dirt out? Are we talking about sticky clumps of dirt, or gains of sand caught in the fleece? Is the core leather of nylon? I’m thinking leather, because the girths based on multiple layers of heavy nylon webbing can be washed in the washing machine, and that is an advantage of the non-leather girths. Is there any reason you specifically want or need a white girth? How are you washing the girth that it is staying dirty enough to rub? You may have a problem finding a fleece sleeve wide enough to slide on over the fleece already sewed onto the girth, since the stitched on fleece could resist allowing the sleeve to slide on.

    freyamae Original Poster freyamae
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 5

    its real fleece and the core is leather. from looking at the girth, it just looks a bit stained, but theres like dirt clumps buried in the fleece. I’m washing it by hand and like I’ve said I’m trying every product to clean it, I’ve even took it to be cleaned professionally last week, the cleaners said i should consider a new girth. I don’t need a white girth, just need a really soft, comfortable girth with elasticated ends as my horse hates having a girth on, especially if its uncomfortable. i think i will buy a new girth, thanks :)

    HorseAngel
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 2

    Try Orvus Paste. It is what all quilters use to wash quilts because it is gentle yet effective. You can get it at a feed store. It is made to wash cows’ udders. It won’t destroy the fleece and is not harsh on the skin. I use it to wash my dogs too. Good luck.

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    ava_williams
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    Scrubbing bubbles.spray it on. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. Use a rag to wipe it off. Repeat if needed.

    neil_smith
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    Get a plastic container of Goop hand cleaner. It’s used by mechanics, but if you rub it on stains, let it set for 10 to 15 minutes then put it in the washer and wash it normally. This stuff works great on all stains, oils and other stuff that gets into clothing and stuff.

    neiner neiner
    Topics Started: 1Replies Posted: 8

    That’s odd…honestly, it may now be impossible to clean because the fleece has been ruined (it sounds like the girth has been through a lot, both in the process of getting dirty and your attempts to get it clean). I suggest just buying a new girth. You might try buying a leather one and getting a fleece cover to make it more comfortable for your pony. That way, if the fleece gets ruined again, at least you won’t have to buy a new girth. No matter what, though, if you buy real fleece, I suggest ONLY cleaning it with Melp: https://www.smartpakequine.com/pt/melp–250-ml-1862 . This stuff is amazing, and is made for real wool, sheepskin, washable leather, etc. Typical detergents will ruin real animal products, so stick with this cleaner and you shouldn’t have a cleaning problem again. I swear by it; it’s all I use on saddle pads, etc. (I suspect that your current girth is too far gone to save it with Melp, but you could try.) Good luck!

    "Gentle in what you do; firm in how you do it." -Buck Brannaman

    countrygirlwannabe
    Topics Started: 0Replies Posted: 1

    If your pony hates the feeling of a girth, you might consider the possibility of him having an ulcer.

    freyamae Original Poster freyamae
    Topics Started: 2Replies Posted: 5

    Hi everyone, sorry I took so long to get back to you all! I bought a new girth for $79 (my old one was $15) THIS GIRTH IS AMAZING! It’s leather with fleece lined like my old one but when I washed this one (with regular detergent) it looked just like new, thanks everyone PROBLEM SOLVED

    G & S
    Topics Started: 16Replies Posted: 249

    Sometimes one actually does get what one pays for.

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