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post #1 of 8 Old 11-27-2011, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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How much would be the limit to bathe your horse?

How much would be the limit to bathe your horse? would I be able to bath a horse everyday? or is that not good?
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post #2 of 8 Old 11-27-2011, 07:17 PM
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Its not good to bathe a horse more than once every three days if the horse lives outside. Washing removed protective oils from the skin and coat causing the horse to get wet and cold in cold wet weather. At the racetrack i work out we wash the horses daily but they are stalled unless theyre out working.
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post #3 of 8 Old 11-27-2011, 10:51 PM
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Do you mean with soap? Because with soap you shouldn't wash more than once a week in summer, and you should only do that if you need to for say a show. I know lots of people that give horses a good hosing each day, because it is like 90 degrees out when they are done riding and their horses are sweaty and such.

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post #4 of 8 Old 11-28-2011, 08:00 PM
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I enjoy bathing my horses, but now that it's winter I don't do it often unless they're getting crusty or smell really bad. It's not because it's cold here in South Louisiana (it's not). It's because that wooly hair makes them dry looking like a poodle!
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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.

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post #6 of 8 Old 12-03-2011, 06:30 PM
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Actually if your horse has a skin condition like allergies where they get bacterial infections then you can bathe them as often as you need to. every other day is recommended. There are conditioning sprays out there to make the coat not dry out as much. The shampoos i'm talking about are Rx by a veterinarian. I don't know about the OTC shampoos and i've never tried them
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post #7 of 8 Old 12-03-2011, 06:48 PM
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Don't bathe them more than once a month, IMO. You might be able to get away with every other week in the summer, because it's not so dry. I would just avoid it period if you can.

Nothing can replace a good set of brushes. Bathing all the time is just an excuse people use because they don't take the time to really brush their horse (which is the BEST thing you can do for your horses coat.)

Anyhow, a shower on a hot summer day is a different story. (Just water, not products.)

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post #8 of 8 Old 12-03-2011, 06:48 PM
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My limit is only bathe for a show, rest of the time he can just be brushed. So pretty much once or twice a month from spring til early fall. I hate bathing horses, my least favorite horsey chore, I would rather muck stalls all day then bath a horse. No I take that back, digging fencepost holes is worse.
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