If you have numerous horses and numerous blankets and sheets…if you board at a busy barn…if you want to easily identify what’s yours and what’s not, I recommend a Sharpie Rub-a-Dub.

With a cute, 1950’s kind of name (think wash-omatic), the Sharpie Rub-a-Dub does everything a Sharpie does and keeps it from coming out in the wash.

My only wish is that it came in colors.  It only comes in black.  So if you have black or navy sheets, the way I do, it’s trickier to label them.  But there’s usually someplace on a blanket — even if it’s the fleece at the withers or the binding, where you can identify that it belongs to your horse.

I have a student who uses lime green duct tape to identify everything she owns, and that’s another way to do it.  I just don’t care for lime green or any of the popular duct tape colors.

Certainly, I could also order tags like the ones mothers of my mother’s generation used to sew onto school uniforms or clothes accompanying us to camp.  But I don’t have the patience to sew.

But give me a Sharpie Rub-a-Dub and I’m all set.  They’re available at office supply stores everywhere.