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post #1 of 5 Old 04-18-2009, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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Dirty horses

I went to see the barn where I'm going to be working with a very nice lady I know. All her horses are ridiculously dirty and covered in hair and mud from the winter and not so very ideal conditions. My hope is to start spending time in the coming weeks getting them cleaned up.. my only fear is I might be doing it on my own. Any suggestions for getting the job started, or anywhere near done?
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-18-2009, 04:04 PM
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hmm, if the weathers permitting i would bathe them, drench them with water and once most of the mud is gone use shampoo and a rubber curry comb aand rinse ( if needed repeat!), i know horse shampoo's can be expensive but you could ask the lady if her horses have any allergic reactions to certian products or sensitive skin and if not you could use mild baby shampoo (saves money if there are alot of horses) once dry rubber curry them again and groom as usual
(keep rubber currying them daily but dont wash them more than once a month as it gets rid of natural oins in the skin )
it sounds like its going to take alot of time and elbo grease! lol
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post #3 of 5 Old 04-18-2009, 06:04 PM
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If your unsure of the horses personalitys, or how they will react to bathing/water/hoses, etc. I would start with a soft brush on the face, with them in the stall and you on the outside for safety. Just work up from there :)

A metal shed brush, if used gently, can help remove a lot of surface dirt. And curry curry curry.

Then, once you get to know them a bit better, I would start with bucket washing and work up to spraying water and hoses. It's really not necessary if you know they do well with water and hoses already.

If there manes and tails are really knotty, wash them first and let them dry. I personally use Cowboy Magic when it comes to detangling nasty knots. Work slowly and don't use scissors unless they got a horrid rat-nest thats impossible to untangle.
My gelding Loki had one. It was a knotted hairball, small though and it didn't affect his mane at the least when I cut it out.

Be patience and it'll go faster than you think :) Use a gentle shampoo if you can as there skin might be dried out from all the dirt and mud.

Flax seed oil and fish oil is supposed to be really good for the coat (I asked in another thread ^^) when given in small quantities.
Oh! And paprika is also supposed to be quite good.

Good luck!

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post #4 of 5 Old 04-19-2009, 09:03 AM
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Well first, I would make sure all the horses have their own grooming supplies, because if you find that one has a bad skin condition, if that horse is sharing grooming tools, it might infect the other horses. Then curry out most of the dirt and hair, bath them with shampoo, then use conditioner everywhere ecept the saddle area. Then while they are still wet, you can spray some show sheen or vetrolin shine(I personally like the later) and then let them dry. If the horse seems nervous and unsure, I sing to them while bathing them. They always know where you are and most horses enjoy it! Oh, and for tangled manes and tails, NEVER GIVE UP! My horse had a matted spot on her tail 6 inches wide and 3 feet long, and my mom got it out! IT CAN BE DONE! Good luck and give us some before and after pics!

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-19-2009, 10:37 AM
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I agree with making sure they have their own brushes. And COMPLETELY agree with the currying. It really helps get rid of the extra hair and brings their color out at the same time. Definitely a good bath first and I find that baby shampoo works just as well as anything else. The dirt is probably down really deep, so probably lather them up, rinse, lather, rinse. Then when they are dry curry and brush (with a clean brush of course!! =)...) Do one at a time and then just keep up with the brushing and the job will be finished before you know it! You will feel so rewarded and good about yourself (and the horsies I am sure will thank you!) once they are all clean and spotless! Just be on your toes the first time with any of them since you don't know them and they don't know you! Good luck!
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