How Often Do You Bathe Your Horse? - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Question How Often Do You Bathe Your Horse?

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post #2 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 02:11 PM
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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. :)

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post #3 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 02:31 PM
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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.

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post #4 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 03:44 PM
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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

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post #5 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 04:47 PM
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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 dont bathe unless needed.

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post #6 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 05:15 PM
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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.
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post #7 of 21 Old 04-20-2009, 11:53 PM
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I barely ever bathe Dixie but she does get a rinse after each ride in the summer, she gets so sweaty!

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post #8 of 21 Old 04-21-2009, 01:07 AM
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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.
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-21-2009, 02:12 PM
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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
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post #10 of 21 Old 04-21-2009, 02:41 PM
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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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