How offten do you give your horse a bath in the summer time?

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    01-31-2011, 10:52 AM
How offten do you give your horse a bath in the summer time?

Title says all since. We give bathe our horses 2 days before a show which is almost every other week so how often do you give your horse a bath?
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    01-31-2011, 10:56 AM
Well, everytime I ride and the horse gets sweated up I will at the least give a sponge bath, or hose her down (no soap everytime, though), so that may be up to 5 times a week. A full bath is usually every 2 weeks, or once a week if she gets really groady!
    01-31-2011, 11:28 AM
I pretty much did what mom2pride does. After a ride if my horse was sweaty I just hosed her down to rinse the sweat and grime off her. Didn't use any shampoo though for a rinse off. Did a full bath only when absolutely necessary. Didn't want to rid her coat of necessay oils with to frequent bathing.
    01-31-2011, 11:39 AM
I probably only give them a full bath once a month or so during the summer, but I hose them off after a hard ride.
    01-31-2011, 11:40 AM
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Every time I ride they get at least a rinse and possibly shampoo in problem areas such as legs.

Once every two weeks they get a full bath
    01-31-2011, 04:45 PM
I only give my horse a full bath (whole body and mane/tail) before a show or if he gets really, really muddy which is rare for him.. he stays pretty clean. If he gets really hot and sweaty in summer i'll hose down his legs and belly to cool him off after a ride.
    01-31-2011, 06:42 PM
I usually hose off everytime I ride during the summer, since they get sweaty. I bathe the day before a horse show, about once a week once everyother week. After a hard lesson I will give a vetrolin bath or a linament bath, just so he feels good!
    01-31-2011, 06:46 PM
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Hose off and quick squeegey on sweaty areas after rides on hot days. Baths? Almost never. Why should I? Shampoo is bad for horse's skin, I don't show and he just wants to roll in the sand. Keeps his skin healthier.
I wash his butt more, tho, if he gets diarhea.
    01-31-2011, 06:47 PM
It depends. For a full bath depends how dirty. For shows I do intend to give my horses full baths with soap but if they're not to dirty and I don't have a sheet for them I won't. Usually every ride in the summer I hose them down though, mine get realy sweaty though. No soap just a hose down.
    01-31-2011, 08:07 PM
I'm about the same. It gets really hot here in the summer so I always rinse after every ride. He gets a bath about once a month- at most twice a week.If you use a gentle shampoo (I like cowboy magic with rosewater) it doesn't strip the natural oils so you can bathe more often.
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