Originally Posted by horsieluver29
Also, how do you know when to hose or shower your horse and if the horse is cooled off before showering.
I always take time to walk the horse out (mounted or from the ground, either way) until their respiration rate is calm and normal again. If the workout was only walk/trot, maybe a little canter, it might take just a couple minutes. On a more grueling day, it'll take longer, and it also depends on each horse's fitness level.
Anyway, I just do a quick check to make sure they're not breathing too hard before I hose them off. This method may or may not be of any actual benefit, but I've always been instructed to do a cooldown. I figure it's unlikely to hurt anything. After all, I'm more comfortable and less sore if I take time to step down my workout rather than just stopping cold turkey.