How Often Do You Bathe Your Horse?

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View Poll Results: How often do you give your horse a bath?
Weekly 10 20.00%
Bi-monthly 3 6.00%
Monthly 6 12.00%
As needed 31 62.00%
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    04-20-2009, 02:00 PM
Question How Often Do You Bathe Your Horse?

Just curious!
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    04-20-2009, 02:11 PM
Currently, I try weekly because of those darned winter shedding. I usually give Sam a hosing down because he's old and it's a good way to cool him off.

Otherwise, as needed. :)
    04-20-2009, 02:31 PM
If "bathing" includes a simple hose-down, I do that A LOT in the summer. Other than that I only give my horse a full-out bath about 2-3 times a year.
    04-20-2009, 03:44 PM
Depends on if they went mud flinging or just relaxing in the pasture but at least every 2 weeks but in summer its weekly sometimes twice a week in spring
    04-20-2009, 04:47 PM
After jogging our racehorses usually just get rubbed down or if they are sweat they get a quick sponging. We only full bathe them after a race or after a training session. As for the young guys, we don't bathe unless needed.
    04-20-2009, 05:15 PM
The most I bathe is during the first few weeks of spring when it starts getting really hot. Their shedding, we're riding.....sweating. Other than that I'll only hose them after harder rides. Also, during the summer, on the unbearable days, I'll hose them and stick them in front of a huge fan.
    04-20-2009, 11:53 PM
I barely ever bathe Dixie but she does get a rinse after each ride in the summer, she gets so sweaty!
    04-21-2009, 01:07 AM
As needed. I don't have any good place to give a decent bath, and most of my horses are pretty adverse to baths in general. Sometimes I'll spritz them off with the hose on a hot day, or I'll dump a bucket of water over them just to help get some excess mud or hair or stubborn stain off, but the last time I gave a full bath to a horse was when Tanner hurt herself last summer and I had to wash the blood and pus off her leg. I figured that while I had the shampoo and hose out, I'd give her a good scrub, just because she was being a good sport about me rubbing at her cut up leg. It was the only time since I got her and Magic that I could tell them apart at a glance.
    04-21-2009, 02:12 PM
Green Broke
The weather is finally going to co-operate for everyone to get their first bath by the end of this week

I don't show, so I might use a shampoo on them once a month if they haven't been trailered somewhere to trail ride.

If I go trail riding and they've picked up a lot of ticks, I will bath them with some sort of iodine shampoo; it makes the ticks stand up, therefore much easier to see and pull off.

Like others have said, I will hose them down and squee-gee them off as-needed, and that is generally every night during July & August. Middle Tennessee gets sticky/humid during those months
    04-21-2009, 02:41 PM
Usually about once a month. :) Of course I hose the horse down when needed (like after a lesson, hard work, etc.)- but bathing usually once a month, that's good enough.

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