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        02-12-2014, 07:57 PM
    Dirty Dirty Dirty!

    Okay, so my four year old mare is always super dirty.
    I mean
    I can get her coat to sheen and shine but she still has so much dirt on her rump. I can brush and brush and brush and it still doesn't come out. And that's with her summer coat! I even gave her a bath and still she had a ton of dirt on her rump.
    What should I do? I mean it's not exactly any kind of problem. But I guess I just want to be able to get her completely clean? Haha I don't know.
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        02-12-2014, 08:01 PM
    If you are bathing her and she is still dirty, you are doing it wrong. Ha ha In between baths try getting her used to a vacuum. That really pulls the old hair and dirt off. Curry her good first and then use the vacuum to suck away the dirt. Obviously, this is when she is completely dry.

    As far as the dirt goes, are you sure it is not just her color? I mean, are you actually seeing dirt or just that her coat is discolored? If that is the case, maybe a whitening shampoo is in order? I don't know what color your horse is so, just guessing.
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        02-12-2014, 08:15 PM
    No she's chestnut, I don't think whitening will help :P LIke
    IF I pat her butt a bunch of dust and dirt comes flying up. I guess I didn't scrub her tooshy enough? :P I dunno. This summer I'll see if I can try the vacuum technique. She's really calm and is usually more interested in sniffing something than being scared of it so a vacuum should be okay.
        02-12-2014, 09:02 PM
    Inga is right -- if you gave her a bath and then pat her butt and dirt comes up, you didn't wash enough

    My horse LOVES to roll, so he is almost always dirty -- its such a pain!!

    If it really bothers you maybe you can give her a really good bath and then put a sheet (like a fly sheet or a cooler or something ) on her to help keep her clean.
        02-12-2014, 10:18 PM
    I suppose it doesn't help that our whole paddock is dirt right now :\ haha. Thanks for the suggestions guys! Once the weather breaks I'll be trying some of them!
        02-12-2014, 11:46 PM
    I find that the rubber scrubby mits work well. You know you're doing well if the horse wiggles its nose - that's how mine always were/are! ;)
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        02-13-2014, 12:00 AM
    Oh my goodness that sounds funny XD I hope that happens! How cute!
        02-13-2014, 12:35 AM
    Try a curry comb with hose attachment when you bath. They are amazing for getting deep down. Of course you still have to get in there and scrub, but it takes a lot of work out of it. Make sure the water pressure is fairly firm, and that when you wet your horse, you are getting down to the skin and not just getting the surface of the coat wet. You should be able to scrub and hose until the water runs completely clear.
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        02-13-2014, 12:45 AM
    Okay, thank you! I will definitely try that out!
        02-13-2014, 04:48 AM
    Yip, new bathing technique in order haha. I ditched the sponges completely (for the body, I still use them for the face and other sensitive areas)

    But when you've gotten your horse wet, put shampoo straight onto your horse, then use a rubber curry to really lather it up, and keep going until the suds turn white, then you know there's no more dirt in that spot, if your rinsing/scraping off brown shampoo or water, you still have dirt, and you'll need to use more shampoo...
    I bath my horse like that before each show... And this is the result... Without showsheen or baby oil or any fancy products, just a really good bath (Took me about 20 minutes)
    Not the best riding photo exactly, but probably the best to show off his bath
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