I've been wanting to reply to this forum for quite some time but I just can't find how to call one thing in english =/
Alright, here it is... Where I come from in Central Europe (I'm not Slovene, I only live here) it's a "tradition" to *insert the english word here* the horse. That means after every ride you take a clump of straw (or hay if you don't have straw) and massage the whole body thoroughly from the neck to the tail with it just like you'd do with a curry comb. It sucks up all the sweat and gives the horse a nice massage (it breaks adhesion in muscles which is important especially after heavy workout). Is there a word for this procedure in english at all?
Now I (and I believe most people) don't do this after EVERY ride as most of the time my horse is not that sweaty he'd need such a procedure to be done but in the especially hot days and after very intensive workouts I find it to be the only way to effectively dry the horse up (quickly). And the horses just love it
On the other hand when it's TOO hot (around 100°F which is not that uncommon in the summer here) I just hose him down and scrape the water off with a sweat scraper and let him go roll on the grass (which he absolutely loves to do). It won't make him dirty and he'll still be happy. I did this approx. Three times this summer after long trail rides but as there's no shampoo involved I wouldn't be afraid to do it much more often.
When my horse is completely dry and I don't need to go through any get-rid-of-the-sweat procedures I always clean him thoroughly, I just love doing it and he loves being massaged like that too. Cleaning and checking hooves before and after every ride is a sure thing I don't think I've ever failed to do. But then again I have plenty of time to spend with my horse