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    02-01-2011, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MN Tigerstripes    
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.
^^This. Also hose down on very hot days, just for their comfort.
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    02-02-2011, 09:56 AM

Yup I did that a lot with Flame her last couple of summers. She had Cushings and had a really hard time regulating her body temp. I don't do that as much with Soda though as he's extremely bug sensitive and I didn't want to wash off the $20 of bug spray I applied! I should start looking for a fly sheet for him....
    02-03-2011, 03:33 PM
Im the same as everyone else, after every ride in the summer my boy gets sprayed down with cold water, or he gets a liniment bath, depending how hard the workout was.. he only gets a full bath the day before shows, and the morning of halter classes.
    02-04-2011, 01:13 AM
Green Broke
I hose them off every time we ride in the hot months and they get bathed on a regular basis. Right now, not at all, they get curried. It is too cool to hose them off.

I image Biscuit will be getting plenty of baths when it warms up. He is such a light colored palomino that he looks dirty constantly...I can't stand a dirty horse!
    02-04-2011, 01:36 AM
Green Broke
I just sponge the sweat off after a ride, and would only give a full blown soap bath once a month, or before a show.

My grandparents racehorses get hosed off everyday, with a sponge soap bath once a week if they are in training, as well as a bath on race day, so the possibility of having 2 full baths in a week.
    02-06-2011, 09:23 AM
If your horse livesout all the time the what your doing is perfect! The again I'm in England though and our summers aren't all that. Over bathing horses that are out 24/7 gets rid of all their natural oils they use to keep comforatble :)
    02-06-2011, 09:50 AM
To be honest - I bathe Nelson 0 times.

The only time he gets wet, is after a ride in the summer. I hose him off, squeegie the excess water off and let him graze until he dries off. Then I turn him out.

I do a lot of grooming though, a lot.

If I have to, I'll condition his tail - soak it first in a bucket of water with tail wash/conditioner, and then clean that up - but aside from that, I rarely ever, give Nelson a bath.
    02-06-2011, 10:23 AM
Once a week

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