11-29-2011, 07:29 AM
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You should avoid bathing your horse with shampoo's as much as you can. It strips the oils from the coat and leaves the horse not only unprotected, but will also dull the coat.
I always hose or at least sponge after a ride to get the sweat out of their coat, but only with water.
The only time I wash, is before a show if the horse is really dirty, I prefer to get away with a good brush. Though my horses are generally rugged with combo's and tail bags, and with a good diet their hair tends to repel dirt and really shine, so there's not much need to wash.