As saddle blanket hoarder (they are so pretty and feel good in your hand!), I now use them as floor rugs, across the back of my leather loveseats, as added pieces of color in a room. The cats LOVE laying on them and walking over them. I keep cat claws cut short, so no snagging of yarn as they stand there treading or rolling around on the blankets. I presume they like the texture on their paws.
I have a couple that I think are real antiques, as soft as any knitted sweater. They are loveseats blankets only. Carefully put away CLEAN every spring to prevent moth damage.
The long blanket rug ones (also wool) allow me to see how fast the cats ran down the hallway, by how many wrinkles are in them after being flung in the corner as cat gains speed! I can say “Not your best effort today!” This happens even with non-skid mats under the blankets. Cats are always disappointed when I put rug blankets away at winter’s end.
But as a hoarder, I want to get my saddle blankets out, see them, use them, ENJOY them, so they are not saved “for later.” Not saving much “special” stuff anymore because no one will appreciate it after I am gone. Amazing how stuff lasts and lasts, even in regular use! DD may still have a bunch to get gone after I die. And there is another stash of nice woven blankets I use under saddles!! Ha ha
I can often get the Mayatex square blankets at tack sales cheap, $5 or so, usually one color. They make excellent rugs at outside doors for catching dirt. When filthy I take them to the laundromat for washing several at once in a big front loader. I use Tide powder, warm (NOT hot water) water, hang outside to dry. They come quite clean this way. And they do not seem to shrink or felt up when washed this way. I would not clean a NICE saddle blanket this way. I put a non-slip mat under these square Mayatex blankets at the door. Dogs and farm boots bring in a lot of dirt, these blankets catch a great deal of it before it tracks into the house. Wet dogs like laying on them too! If you don’t like the color, they take dye pretty well. I have done that with several in odd colors.