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        10-04-2012, 10:48 PM
      #41
    Yearling
    Guess it depends on what you call a bath. If it includes soap or any "cleaning agent" then I never bathe mine. They get brushed and combed to remove dirt whenever they get saddled (so they get it a lot) or when needed. For them a "bath" means I take the hose to rinse, brush, curry them to remove any dirt that the brush and comb don't get off alone. How often they get that isn't on a time table. Generally they'll get it about 2 to maybe 4 times a year and it's always between May - Sept when the weather is hotter.

    Not that they would likely care if I rinsed them in the Winter since I've seen them roll in freezing, even icy water in the pond during Winter (and people think horses need to wear blankets in cold weather ). However I'm not risking getting soaked and freezing in order to give them a good rinsing when the weather turns cold so they just have to live with a good brushing and combing then.
         
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        10-04-2012, 10:53 PM
      #42
    Started
    Hehe, thought you were talking about people for a moment (you probably don't want to know my bathing habits, only that they're a little less regular than they should be!).

    I don't apply shampoo to Brock at all (unless his socks are filthy and refuse to whiten, and then only to the required area). If he's really sweaty all over I'll hose him down, but if it's just in the girth area or something I brush the sweat out. He has a really nice shiny coat with lots of oil, so the sweat doesn't really stick in too bad.
         
        10-06-2012, 07:49 PM
      #43
    Foal
    We bathe mostly for events. So frequently during the summer, rarely in winter. Never had a problem with dry skin, even when I was bathing daily for a week at the fair. Just use a good quality shampoo (can't remember the name of mine, but it is clear and orange and smells like coconuts), and rinse thoroughly.

    I personally do shampoo when I am going to braid, but I then put in gel to help me grip the hair.
         
        10-07-2012, 08:25 PM
      #44
    Foal
    I believe you should only bath a horse if you are about to show them. When you bath a horse you take away all the good dirt that is left in the coat.
         

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