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    01-29-2012, 04:26 PM
Getting clean, too cold to bathe.

So I have a meet this weekend. I will be camping the first two days at the fairgrounds with Selena who I'm not worried about getting clean (I have her in training with a heated barn and warm water) but Bailey is going to be a whole differant story.

She is out in the freezing elements at my house. Way too cold to bathe her. It's not super important she looks "polished" because she's entered only in speed events, but it would be nice if I could get her as clean as possible.

Any help for a bathing alternative?
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    01-29-2012, 04:27 PM
They make a dry foam shampoo, sorry forgot the brand, but try googling some.
    01-30-2012, 12:22 PM
Thanks for the info waresbear. I'll check the tack shops, not any time to order off the internet and get it shipped.

    01-30-2012, 12:35 PM
I love Miracle Groom. I used it at regionals once because it was waaay too cold to bathe and the horse I was competing was spotless. It is great stuff for pulling up dust and dirt and all you need is a few rags.
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    01-30-2012, 12:38 PM
I personally like show sheen and a lot of elbow grease and a good curry..may be old fashioned..but that's how I do it in the winter when it's too cold to bathe.
    01-30-2012, 12:48 PM
Vacuum or ask the place where your other horse is in training if you could bathe your horse there.
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    01-30-2012, 12:53 PM
TSC has some waterless shampoo, if you have one of those near by. I can't remember the brand though. Good luck at your meet.
    01-30-2012, 01:52 PM
Originally Posted by natisha    
ask the place where your other horse is in training if you could bathe your horse there.
I thought of that but I would hope it had already been done.
    01-30-2012, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the suggestions guys. I already have Cowboy Magic greenspot spray and Show sheen....I can probably manage with that.

I can't bring her down to the barn because what is going to happen is, I have events with Selena, the other mare, Friday and Saturday. So I'm going to do whatever it is I do to get Bailey clean Friday morning before I leave to go take Selena to the fairgrounds, and I'll put a blanket and hood on her with tail wraps, mane socks, and have my dad watch her in our mare motel. Right now she is not covered at all.

Then I'll take Selena back to the barn and go to pick up Bailey from home saturday night for Sunday morning competition. We can only afford one stall at the fairgrounds at a time and we live fifty miles from the fairgrounds, so I can't take Bailey down to the trainers just for bathing and then take her back home THEN come back to the fairgrounds. That's a lot of gas money. And we won't have time to bathe her saturday night at the trainers.
    01-30-2012, 03:15 PM
In a PINCH, you can dry bathe your horse in the pine shavings you use for bedding, but use them straight out of the package. I had a friend/mentor, "Lotta" (from Denmark) who used to help me with my riding academy in exchange for riding time. (She taught me a great deal. She had trained with Robert Dover in England, and was enrolled as an exchange student at the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana.)
Lotta used to dry the horses sweat off in the winter by rubbing them with straw--it's the same concept.
I know that my horses dirty coats smell better the morning after I've rebedded their stalls. Just FYI.

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