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        05-12-2010, 10:17 PM
      #31
    Started
    I use a vacuum, and I LOVE, LOVE it. It cuts down on the dust, but if your asthma/allergies are that bad, I would use it in conjunction with a sheet or blanket.
         
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        05-18-2010, 04:09 PM
      #32
    Foal
    what I do

    I use EZ-ALL on my horses......if they want to roll or whatever....so be it they are horses....but when I want to ride them I just haul them up to the wash area and tie them up.... I can wash three or four of them spotlessly clean in about 5 minutes with this product. It is a sprayer you attch to a hose. First you soap them down let me stand for a few minutes then hose them off.....then I just use a water whip and a curry comb. I then put them in the trailer and off we go.....I do not brush mane or tail until dry, it even detangles for the most part. It is so easy. Other then that it does drive me nuts that when the horses suspect that I am coming to get them to go somewhere they roll and get a fine coat of dust on them before they come running over to me.......they have made the perfect spot right in the middle so they can hit it coming from any direction........so I just break out the ez all and spray them down and wash them off and I am done....if they had blankets on they would fight and pull each others blankets off one another and it would just be a mess....I never blanket them unless they are hot and sweaty and not cooled down good in the winter and I put them on a trailer...
         
        05-18-2010, 04:18 PM
      #33
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Amir    
    I have NEVER had a horse get tangled up when rolling with a rug. An old lease horse somehow managed to get out of his canvas rug on a few occasions without ripping it or undoing anything - STILL cannot work that one out - but I've never had a horse get stuck in a rug.
    I cross my leg straps and all my rugs have double cross over belly straps as well. I don't do them looser or tighter than fitting my hand between the leg and the strap.
    Not a stupid question at all. I can see how it could happen, but I think it would only really happen when the leg straps are too loose. They'd break if he got tangled though.
    Ha ha Hunter used to get out of his blanket too, before I got him a new one. Never figured out how he did it, little sneak.
         
        05-18-2010, 11:08 PM
      #34
    Trained
    For quickie cleans I will use a dilute mixture of shampoo and conditioner...I brush the horse down a bit first, then spray the horse all over let it set for a bit, and then continue brushing the horse, with swift 'lifting' strokes...how tickly a horse is, will depend on what type of bristle brush I use. I repeat if the horse is oober dirty.

    I also like Laser Sheen, but that can make a horse too 'slippery' if you're planning on riding right after...
         
        05-27-2010, 04:00 AM
      #35
    Banned
    I toss a cotten sheet ofer my pinto durring show season always. So he don't get dirty
         
        06-02-2010, 09:44 AM
      #36
    Foal
    I use the towel method too...tara gets so dusty that no matter how much I brush, it's still there. After I groom I either dampen the towel or spray it with fly spray. She hates
    Baths so giving one is a major ordeal :P one of these days I'll buy a fly sheet!
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        06-04-2010, 07:09 AM
      #37
    Foal
    Talking Owner of a dirty horse

    My boy is a grey (white) and is notorious for rolling. (thats him on the left) The second it rains (although it doesn't much) he gets himself covered in mud. If yo wash him, the first thing he does is roll! So now as I hate dirty horses, he is rugged all year royund, with a sheet in summer and a sheet and doona in winter. I put the sheet on under the oona as a sheet is much easier to chuck in the washer than a doona. He still gets muddy/dirty around his belly, legs and head (yes, head) oh well, i'll get over it
         
        06-04-2010, 01:21 PM
      #38
    Yearling
    Well, as most have stated, I would use the cotton sheet. But if that's not an option at the moment, I would do the towel method as well. Just wet it, and rub him down real good. You can use baby wipes too. I will agree that Laser Sheen works soooo good, but don't use it before you ride, it makes you horse pretty slick and slippery. But as the bottle states, it repels dust and dirt, so it's really good to put on after riding.

    As for your second question. A horse doesn't have to be spotless before riding, but I'm a clean freak, so I make sure mine are pretty darn clean before and especially after. The most important things that I make sure are free of pretty much anything is the girth area/breast collar area, the saddle area and hooves. I might even make sure the insides of all four legs are free of debris. After riding, be sure to get all the saddle marks off of them. Brush really really good, and clean the hooves again. I clean the hooves before and after I ride, I love cleaning hooves lol.
         
        06-07-2010, 04:47 PM
      #39
    Weanling
    Get him a light summer blanket or fly sheet. That will keep him clean. But make sure you constantly check for blanket rubs when you first put him in it. You also don't have to get him perfectly clean before you ride, just make sure there isn't mud clod or a bunch of dirt where the saddle and pad go.
         
        06-07-2010, 05:17 PM
      #40
    Foal
    Show sheen repels dirt for the most part, that might help, too! And it makes your horse uber shineyy
         

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