How to Waterproof a Horse Blanket


Waterproof horse blankets are a great addition to any horse owners tack supply. Blankets can stay water repellent for months or years, depending on how often they are used and how they are stored. Instead of buying a new blanket each time the water-repellent coating deteriorates, apply durable water repellent (DWR) to the blanket right at home. DWR is a silicone or fluorocarbon-based treatment applied to outerwear fabrics to help keep them from becoming saturated. DWR comes in a spray-on or wash-in applications, and each is equally effective.

Things You'll Need

  • Durable water repellant (DWR) product
  • Large washer and dryer


Buy a DWR product.

Follow the instructions on the product label. If using a spray-on form, be sure to carefully wash the blanket. This will activate any remaining DWR residue and prepare the blanket fabric for a new application of DWR.

Dry the blanket on medium heat, tumble dry cycle, or you can iron the blanket dry. The DWR will not activate if air dried.

Store the blanket in a sealed bag, such as a bedroom comforter case. This will protect your blanket from mildew and dust while securing the DWR.

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