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post #1 of 13 Old 11-17-2013, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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How to bathe a horse durning cool weather?

So it's fall, almost winter and Rocky's disgusting. (It's pretty cool outside) His snowy white main is yellowed, and his coat is stained with mud where he has been rolling. All in all he needs a good bath. But we don't have hot water. So bathing him is pretty much out of the question. The other day I saw " Marical groom ". It looks like it would do good with spots but not much for the filth he is now. It's embarrassing to let people see him as he is right now. So how can I clean him up? Are there any products I can look for to clean him without rinsing out? Or do I just have to pray for a warm front so I can give him a bath? Sorry if these are dumb questions, but I'm new to having a filthy white horse during colder months
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-17-2013, 08:43 PM
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Miracle Groom :)

You're in Alabama? Can you wait for a warm day?

If it's not super cold you can do his legs, do his tail in a bucket, sort of spot clean. I have heard hot toweling works well. Take a bucket of hot water, soak and thoroughly wring out a towel. Once it is "dry" and obviously not too hot you can rub him vigorously with it. I usually just groom well and if need be sponge, or use something like miracle groom or light shampoo to spot clean. Having a grey horse who lives outdoors unblanketed I've pretty much given up lol, a lot of the time I just leave the stains.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-17-2013, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks! The thing is I don't think there's going to be a warm day anytime soon, there's another cold front coming in tomorrow :( but that will help out a lot! Thanks!
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post #4 of 13 Old 11-17-2013, 09:27 PM
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I have no idea what the weather is like there. Just thinking up in MA it's been warm enough to sponge and yesterday we used the hose to spot clean some horses going to a show. Do what you think is best. If you think it's warm enough you can do a really quick bath then blanket the horse, if not just spot clean :)
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 07:17 AM
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our wash stall has a heat lamp so you can wash with warm water and then let them dry in the wash stall
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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I don't have a wash stall :/ I just take him to his tie down post and normally use a hose
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post #7 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 10:11 AM
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We have an insta hot at my barn. It runs off propane and is AWESOME

Insta Hot® Equine Portable Washing System in New Arrivals: Foal Wear & Accessories at Schneider Saddlery

I can bathe him as normal and stick him in a cooler to dry out in his stall.
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 10:28 AM
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Ah, the joys of having a horse with a lot of white!
Personally, I see trying to keep a white horse clean in the winter as a futile effort, especially if they are out a lot. He would probably be happier with a good grooming. Get all the gunk loose and brushed off...so he can go back out and find a nice muddy spot to roll in again. That's what ours do. : )

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 01:18 PM
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A rubber curry and lots of elbow grease. Spot wash the areas and be sure to towel dry.
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post #10 of 13 Old 11-18-2013, 11:56 PM
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Mine most definitely need a bath. Every time I brush them down, they find a dirt patch and roll in it. I guess it's their way of getting their very own nature made baby powder.
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