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    01-20-2012, 08:09 PM
  #11
Green Broke
During the summer, every two weeks, on the spot! Also, I wash off sweat after every ride.


During the winter, we usually get a warm enough day about every month. So I bathe about once a month during the winter.
     
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    01-20-2012, 08:21 PM
  #12
Started
Only wash in summer as otherwise too cold. For horses i'm showing they get spot washed regularily depending on the horse that could be almost daily My old halter mare was a very high percentage of white so to maintain that nice white she saw Mr hose regularly{joys of owning a white horse}.This isn't a full body bath just hosing & spot washing,full body bath were usually just prior to showing. On hot days when they have been doing some sweating they always enjoy a rinse off after riding too.
     
    01-20-2012, 08:34 PM
  #13
Weanling
In "winter" (southern california winters arent very cold at all) I will wash off sweat regularly as long as there is enough time during the day for them to dry off before it gets cold at night.

I don't like to give them real baths until after they shed their longer coats. My white mare I will wash more often than the others, just because she'll get a urine stain or something that I can't brush out.

During summer I will give them baths probably every other month, and maybe more depending. Last year there were plenty of 114 degree days and instead of working them I'd bring them up for a bath.
     
    01-20-2012, 09:51 PM
  #14
Started
After riding in the summer on hots days ill give Jack a hose down and when ever he is dirty.
     
    01-21-2012, 05:16 AM
  #15
Trained
Very, very rarely do I give my boy a bath. Out of the near 5 years that we've been together, I think I've bathed him........once......maybe twice.

However, over the summer months, after a good ride where he's sweaty, hot and not too happy about it - I'll hose him off in the washbay and then squeegie him down before I turn him out.

I spend more time brushing his coat and legs - maybe that's from my Pony Club days?
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    01-21-2012, 06:38 AM
  #16
Foal
2 days for a week...is that ok?
     
    01-21-2012, 07:35 AM
  #17
Banned
During the summer about once every other week and always the day before a show so end up being about once a week. My mare loves water so I am always wetting her, I always rinse them after I ride during the summer. During the winter I never get a chance because of the cold, unless it gets to he in the 70s like the other day, but it was too windy still.
     
    01-21-2012, 07:58 AM
  #18
Yearling
I hose mine off after every ride in summer, sweety yuck yuck. My gelding gets very aggravated by bugs here. He has to be fly sheeted/stalled all the time, fly sprayed constantly etc. That along with rolling gets some grungy build up. I found a shampoo that appears to be very soothing for his skin and he gets a weekly bath. Other then that right before shows.
     
    01-21-2012, 09:59 AM
  #19
Yearling
Guess it depends on what you call giving them a bath.
Mine can go into the low side of the pond, but usually muddy it up and come out dirtier than they went it. If it's about 100 degrees I'll sponge some water on their face and head and soak down their legs to help them feel cooler.
Brushing is the only cleaning they get. Unless you count cleaning the smegma from between their teets and that's done on an as needed bases.
     
    01-22-2012, 01:06 AM
  #20
Foal
Only before shows/pony club.

But he isn't rugged in the summer, so when ever he gets really dirty to a stage where I get embarrased that he looks like that, bahah! (:
     

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