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        11-13-2008, 07:53 PM
    I don't show, so they don't really need to be bathed. But in the summer, I'll give them baths every few weeks when I'm bored on a weekend and they're looking extra dirty. Otherwise just a good grooming and sometimes just hosing them off when they're sweaty.
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        11-14-2008, 01:39 AM
    I used to hose down my horse during the summer after hot rides otherwise I don't normally bath them. It's honestly to much work and they end up rolling right after wards so they either have to be 1)either really filthy or 2)going out to a show.
        11-14-2008, 03:17 PM
    About once a month(only if they are really dirty) except for in the winter......
        11-14-2008, 06:22 PM
    This summer I bathed Vega twice. Once with regular shampoo, another with a color enhancing shampoo.
    Gem was bathed once as well, and Montana was once too.
        11-14-2008, 07:10 PM
    Twice yearly... My mare loves the hose, so she gets sprayed off more often in summer... but my colt hates baths... he gets sponge baths.
        11-14-2008, 09:06 PM
    When it rains they get a bath from mother nature
        11-14-2008, 10:41 PM
    Before every shows, so... 1-3 times a month.
        11-15-2008, 06:35 AM
    My guys get done monthly sometimes more during summer. They get heaps of hose offs in summer but I don't always use soap/shampoo as that's what strips the natural coat oils if you do it too much. I generally only properly wash them if its before a show or they are really dirty or muddy. Im particularly funny about my horses looking looked after rather than left for ages without a bath like many of the other horses around. I hate seeing the other horses around who don't get bathed, brushed, protected from flies etc drives me nuts. I like my horses to be clean and comfortable. I can't imagine it being overly comfortable having bunches of dirt piling up underneath your hair...yukky :)
        11-15-2008, 12:29 PM
    Sometimes I think it depends on the horse. Vida is a roller, she rolls in the dirt every chance she gets. Sassafras isn't she stays clean most of the time.
    My mud bug.....
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        11-16-2008, 07:11 PM
    Lol that would drive me around the twist :P its probably a curse but I MUST clean everything that is dirty lol if they enjoy a roll in the mud, which jarred does, that's fine but he must pay for it either with a super grooming followed with a damp towel or a full bath depending on the thickness and stubborness of the mud :) if he chooses to roll again when we leave that's fine too but ill have to clean him again the next day lol

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