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post #11 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 08:17 PM
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I only bathe if I am showing, you need a perfectly clean horse for that, if I show two weekends in a row, the horse/s are generally covered in between so I only need to wash their legs if they are particularly bad and tails too.

Too much washing, as in twice a week with soap (generally depends on the individual, some are geasier than others) can strip the natural oils from the coat.

Hosing down with water after a ride to remove sweat marks, is not what I would consider too much. I don't even call it bathing, it's a rinse, no more than they would get if they were out in heavy rain.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-22-2012, 08:36 PM
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I very seldom bathe with any type of soap. Perhaps once a year for my horse that I carry the flag on in the parade. He's gray so I want him to really be a brilliant white when we do that. Other than that, they get rinsed off at the most after a ride where they get pretty sweaty. Most of my customer horses in the summer get rinsed every day as they are often ridden into a sweat every day. Never had one get their coat ruined yet by that.

As for my own horses, they generally just get turned back out, sweat stains and all LOL.

The only exception I can really remember making was washing Dobe's legs with soap one day after working in a muddy feedlot all day long. He was caked with nasty, burning, poo-mud from his belly down. That type of mud can scald a horse if you leave it on them so he got a real bath that day...which he hated because it was chilly that day LOL. He survived though.

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post #13 of 15 Old 12-23-2012, 05:47 AM
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OP asked if bathing was bad. Response in a nutshell - Horse = No However, if you have a son then bathing is a life threatening experience especially if water and soap are is lethal! Give me a hrose any day....LOL
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-23-2012, 08:28 AM
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bathing a horse is not bad. in summer my show horses get a bath on average every other week. never had a damaged coat from it and as my horses are stabled at night and rugged in winter ive no problem with needong the oils for protection
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-27-2012, 09:43 PM
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I think there's a balance. I'm no grooming expert, but..
I think it's okay to routinely bathe your horse with ONLY WATER on a regular basis in hot weather if necessary. I mean, if your horse is being worked and gets sweaty, you should cool it off. I don't think it's okay to routinely bathe your horse with shampoo because of the natural oils in your horse's coat.
I don't bathe my horse in this weather. If I do, it is only the legs because mud gets packed on. But I wouldn't recommend that if it's too cold out anyway.
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