During the summer when it's relatively hot out, I generally rinse Lacey off after every ride. This summer, at least, she spent so much time with a saddle on that she was always kinda sweaty at the end of the day and she would basically ask to be rinsed off (as I'd lead her past the hose to her pasture, she'd often just stop by the hose and not really want to keep going). She would then just go roll in the dirt. However, she's one of those horses that can turn themselves black with dirt when they're wet and when you come back 2 hours later be completely clean again.
During the winter, I groom her completely before I ride (curry, brush, pick hooves etc) and then I just brush after the ride. Her winter coat gets so long that putting the saddle on and taking it off often makes weird situations in her fur and then I feel like a jerk putting her blanket on over that. She doesn't generally get sweaty in the winter though, if she did, I'm not sure how I would handle that...
Fabio - 13 year old Arabian/Lipizzaner gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat
Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Last edited by Wallaby; 09-11-2010 at 02:06 PM.