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post #11 of 44 Old 08-25-2012, 04:08 AM
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Bathing horses too often does dry their skin out, so I bathe my horse three or four times a year. I do hose her down after every ride if it's hot outside, and I wash her mane, tail, and legs more often then the rest of her. Then her hair will be clean so I can play with it and comb it out easily without drying out the skin on her body. If she's dirty but not due for a bath, I just rub her coat in circles with a rubber curry and flick the dirt etc. away with a brush, and I keep doing it until no more dirt comes up. Just takes some elbow grease!

I've noticed around here that people often don't bathe enough, so all that build-up of dirt and dandruff and grime makes them itchy. I don't worry if they roll in the dust. I just make sure there's no yucky build-up.

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post #12 of 44 Old 08-25-2012, 04:15 AM
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I forgot your last question. Shampooing before braiding does make the mane slippery because there are no oils to help the hair stay in the braids. You can shampoo the mane and tail a few days before you need to braid, and if you want you can just condition them the day before with a leave-in conditioner (just put in on the dry hair) and the braids will grip and stay in better. A bonus is that the conditioner keeps the hair from breakage!

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post #13 of 44 Old 08-25-2012, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
^excellent, I definitely forgot that winter exists.
In the fall, I bathe Lacey as needed (when sweaty), never bathe her during the winter, and bathe her as the weather allows in the spring.

Also, CLaPorte, remind me to never meet you. Bathing only once a week? Never in the winter? Girl, I'm worried.
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post #14 of 44 Old 08-25-2012, 10:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Walkamile View Post
I do not show, so all I do is wash the spring grunge off as soon as the temps allow. After that, hose off when it's hot to remove sweat. I curry and brush everyday to try and keep him somewhat clean.

I may bathe again if it's been an especially wet/muddy summer (Walka loves to roll in the mud....**** light colored horses).
Pretty much ditto exactly what Walkamile said - I also have a very pale grey (whiteish) horse so every little smudge shows up. Since we don't show (yet - I know trying to get her glowing white for a show will be a whole other ball game... yaaaaaaay ) some stains in her coat don't really bother me, I curry out what I can and mostly just give her a quick hose down to get rid of sweat.

If there's a particularly bad stain and I don't want to give her a whole bath then I use Miracle Groom spray and a rag - it's not perfect, but it helps.

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If you're talking about a real soap/shampoo bath (not just rinsing off sweat)....never.
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post #16 of 44 Old 08-25-2012, 10:43 AM
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When it rains. I have not bathed my horses in years. I sponge them when sweaty but that's it. You would be surprised at how clean they get from a hard rain. Their coats and skin are in great condition.
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post #17 of 44 Old 08-26-2012, 12:08 AM
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Usually in spring, fall, mid summer, and before anyshows. A good alternative to bathing is to fill a 5 gallon bucket up with water and put 2 tablespoons of baby oil in it on top. You dunk a towel in and wring if out and rub it all over the horse - wallah!

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post #18 of 44 Old 08-26-2012, 12:18 AM
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My show horse gets bathed before every show, so once or twice a month from May until September, after that nothing. My other horse is not shown, so no soap & water baths, just a rinse when he's sweaty & if it's hot out. He's Mr. Au Naturel.
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post #19 of 44 Old 08-26-2012, 12:28 AM
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Maybe once every month or three with soap. He gets hosed down well any time he gets sweaty though, so every day or two right now.
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post #20 of 44 Old 08-26-2012, 01:13 AM
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Hahahaha! When I saw the title to thread I though Geesh kind of personal........LOL!

I only bath my darker horses about once a month in the summer, none in winter. My lighter colored horses (spotted walker and saddle horses) get bathed about once a week.
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