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    03-22-2013, 05:10 PM
Bathing a horse isn't the best thing for it. Millions of good bacteria live on it's skin and bathing removes this. Vacuuming will make the coat clean and it will shine better than with shampooing.
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    03-22-2013, 05:56 PM
Originally Posted by xxdanioo    
FYI- If you're showing at the arena in Moose Jaw, they have a nice hot/cold water wash rack
Nobody showing there this weekend, seems the weather is a little rough.
    03-22-2013, 06:14 PM
Oh that is this weekend already?! Wowza. Ya, its snowing. Most of the highways around Moose Jaw have been closed, yesterday at least.
    03-23-2013, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Bathing a horse isn't the best thing for it. Millions of good bacteria live on it's skin and bathing removes this. Vacuuming will make the coat clean and it will shine better than with shampooing.
True, but after a hard workout its nice to give them a good hose down. Wash stalls are great for things like a good rinse after a workout, they're good for when you have to cold hose injuries. There are lots of things that they are great for.

I boarded at a barn that had a vacuum built into the two grooming stalls. I freaking loved it and its something I am going to have built into my barn as well.
    03-23-2013, 10:30 AM
Green Broke
I've never had the privelage of having a wash rack (room) until I moved to the cheapest boarding barn around within 50 miles. She has two barns, indoor and outdoor arena, pasture board, wash rack, hitching post, hundreds of miles of trails that you could get lost in, etc. My biggest attraction was the hot/cold wash room and the indoor arena. There's a ceiling tie in the wash room, or you can just drape the lead and let them stand. The door slides shut and there's mats over a concrete floor with a drain in the middle. There's a corner with storage (almost all the way down one side) that's fenced off for blankets/buckets/towels/etc. There's also a cabinet to hold any linaments, epsom salt, fresh towels, etc as well in it, which I absolutely love
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    03-23-2013, 10:47 AM
I love the wash stall where I board, and have been frustrated that they took it over for hay storage when they rented out a formerly unused stall late last summer. Thankfully, they're moving the hay again so we can have it back.

When I eventually build a small barn at home, it most definitely will have a wash stall.
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    03-24-2013, 05:11 PM
The wash stall at my barn gets used all the time. While I guess strictly speaking you don't need a wash stall, I wouldn't board somewhere that didn't have some kind of indoor area to wash my horse with warm water.
    03-24-2013, 06:11 PM
When I was fortunate to board at a barn with a wash stall I used it all the time! It was really convenient for hosing down after a good workout and bathing. The hot and cold water was really nice. And it was nice to have the horses being washed or hosed out of the way in the wash stall so they weren't blocking the aisle or using the hoses that were needed for watering horses. When I build my barn at home I would love a wash stall.
    03-24-2013, 09:31 PM
A wash rack is a must have IMO. I also loved having a grooming stall.
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    03-25-2013, 10:02 AM
I would not consider boarding some where that did not have a wash stall.
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