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    08-26-2009, 01:22 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Can you bath a horse too much?

I've heard some people say that bathing a horse often might harm their hooves, skin, eyes, ears?

I like white and dappled horses and just know that if I get one, I will likely get carried away with grooming and bathing. Now I'm concerned that I might do some harm, especially to the hooves.

Any suggestions? (other than getting a horse that won't show the dirt )
     
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    08-26-2009, 01:29 PM
  #2
Green Broke
Yes you can bathe a horse to much. Everytime you bathe your horse, you're getting rid of the protective oils on their coat. These oils give the coat a natural water proofing. So you can try to cover your horse with a sheet when he goes outside. But that's about all I can give you.
     
    08-26-2009, 01:34 PM
  #3
Weanling
Bathing a horse too much can also make his coat dull. I would guess that excessive moisture can probably make the hooves a little softer as well but since it's so dry here normally I don't know if that's the case.

Now on the flip side, grooming your horse regularly is a very good thing. But I would not bathe him a ton.
     
    08-26-2009, 02:18 PM
  #4
dee
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My horses get brushed daily, but rarely get a full bath. The mare won't tolerate it at all (working on that little issue) but the gelding loves a good soaking with the hose in hot weather. I'm always afraid I will give them dry itchy skin with too much bathing...
     
    08-26-2009, 04:18 PM
  #5
Weanling
If your horse goes out a lot, its best not to bathe them too much. As was said above, bathing strips the coat of its natural protective oils. These oils help reduce sun damage and a little dirt never hurts to help keep the flies away. So go ahead and groom as much as you want, but maybe only bathe every couple of weeks.
     
    08-26-2009, 04:25 PM
  #6
Weanling
Question here too? When y'all mention bathe, are you talking about full blown shampooing or just something as little as spraying them down with the hose (only water)?

I only ask because after I excersize my horse and long trail rides I like to spray him off when he is really sweaty. Even after a good lunge I like to spray him down. Is that a bad thing or are y'all just talking about shampooing that takes the oils away?
     
    08-26-2009, 04:26 PM
  #7
Weanling
It can strip the coat of natural oils and make there coat dull
     
    08-26-2009, 04:29 PM
  #8
Trained
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Originally Posted by APHA MOMMA    
Question here too? When y'all mention bathe, are you talking about full blown shampooing or just something as little as spraying them down with the hose (only water)?

I only ask because after I excersize my horse and long trail rides I like to spray him off when he is really sweaty. Even after a good lunge I like to spray him down. Is that a bad thing or are y'all just talking about shampooing that takes the oils away?
Shampoo, or any soap like product, is what removes the oils.
     
    08-26-2009, 04:32 PM
  #9
Weanling
Oh okay, lol, I mean my gelding is extremely shiny so I didn't think I was taking his oils away by just spraying him down with the hose after a good workout but I wanted to make sure I wasn't doing any harm. Thanks.
     
    08-26-2009, 04:41 PM
  #10
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by APHA MOMMA    
Oh okay, lol, I mean my gelding is extremely shiny so I didn't think I was taking his oils away by just spraying him down with the hose after a good workout but I wanted to make sure I wasn't doing any harm. Thanks.
Rinsing after they are good and sweaty is better for the coat. Leaving the salt will dull and bleach the coat. He will also be more likely to roll or scratch. Also - rinsing allows you to see any extra exposed skin - such as girth galls, saddle rubs, etc.
     

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