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how cold is to cold to give horse a bath

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    01-24-2012, 10:14 PM
  #11
Trained
If it's in the 60s you could give her a bucket bath, scrape as much water off as possible, towel her off, then put a cooler or blanket on her INSIDE while she dries off the rest of the way.

If it's colder than that, I would refrain from any kind of bath really, just towel as much of the sweat of as you can, throw a cooler or blanket on her and walk her til she is dry and cooled off.
     
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    01-26-2012, 10:39 PM
  #12
Yearling
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I live in California too Winters don't really get too cold where I am.
The lowest I ever go is the high 60s on a windy/cloudy day, maybe high 50s on a really non-windy/sunny day. If your hose has warm water, maybe even a little bit colder.
If its below 65 degrees F, swipe off as much excess water as possible, and then put the horses' blanket on shower.
Another thing you could do is just clean the horse using a damp towel and a bucket of water.
Horses are resistant to heat. Unless it's like snowing outside or something, she should be okay.
     
    01-28-2012, 02:30 AM
  #13
Foal
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[QUOTE=sierrams1123;1323085]I would say this is too cold.
I don't give a bath unless the weather is in the 70's.QUOTE] Same here, especially if it is windy. I put coolers on mine in the winter when we unsaddle and I'm hauling home, than take the cooler off when I get home. They are pretty much dry and their body temp is normal by than. JMO
     
    01-28-2012, 11:13 PM
  #14
Weanling
If your not comfortable being naked at that temperature. I wouldn't make my horse be.

It strips his ability to keep himself insulated.
     

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