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post #1 of 17 Old 08-26-2012, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Question How often should I bathe and clip my black and white horse?

So I have a Dutch warmblood that has a black and white coat. I know that it's a pain to keep white on a horse clean so I bought the Main N' Tain Spray N' White color inhancer for white(technically called "grey") or palomino coats. So I'm going to use that for shows or if he's a total mess but for just after a lesson or to maintain his coat color how often should I bathe him?

My second question is: how often or if ever should I clip him. I don't think he has been clipped before so I would have to teach him not to be skittish around it but....fast forward, if and when I get him used to being clipped is it necessary to even attempt to clip him, or should I just leave it alone? And if a "regular" clipping is advised how often would regular be?

Clarify:how often should I bathe him when I'm not going to shows, and how often should I clip him, if it's recommended, when I'm not going to shows(obviously I would bathe him for a show and clip him if it's necessary) ?

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post #2 of 17 Old 08-26-2012, 09:30 PM
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I can't help with the clipping, as I don't do it, but bathing shouldn't be done too often. I try to only bathe a horse once a month IF, and only if, the horse is dirty enough to cause the horse to scratch or itch themselves or if they are so dirty they can't be spot-cleaned or brushed out. I think once every month or two in the summer would be good.
Any more than that, and the hair will be stripped of the naturally good oils.

If your horse sweats a lot, washing the horse with only water is fine to do after every sweaty ride or training session. In fact, horses love the extra cool down. c;

For showing season, stick with bathing only before shows. Be sure to bathe a few days before the show as well, so that the natural oils can return a bit and add some shine to the horse.

In the winter time, I rarely bathe horses. First off, I don't want them to get chilled. Second off, we don't have warm water. I will occasionally get a bucket of water, heat it in the microwave, and sponge bathe horses if they have a bad spot that needs out. But then be sure to dry them off as quickly as possible and/or throw a blanket onto them until they're dry.

If your horse is like the typical white coated horses, spot cleaning might need to be done frequently. If so, just get a jelly scrub, curry, etc. and some soap and only try to scrub that area. The less you bathe them, the better.

As far as clipping, I would only do so if your horse is shown in the winter or is a wooly mammoth all year-around. I see it to be a pain to do. The boarders always look forward to the day they get to fight with their horses on who clips who. ;D lol!

Only clip if you really think it's needed. Why make more work for yourself?

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I can't help with the clipping, as I don't do it, but bathing shouldn't be done too often. I try to only bathe a horse once a month IF, and only if, the horse is dirty enough to cause the horse to scratch or itch themselves or if they are so dirty they can't be spot-cleaned or brushed out. I think once every month or two in the summer would be good.
Any more than that, and the hair will be stripped of the naturally good oils.

If your horse sweats a lot, washing the horse with only water is fine to do after every sweaty ride or training session. In fact, horses love the extra cool down. c;

For showing season, stick with bathing only before shows. Be sure to bathe a few days before the show as well, so that the natural oils can return a bit and add some shine to the horse.

In the winter time, I rarely bathe horses. First off, I don't want them to get chilled. Second off, we don't have warm water. I will occasionally get a bucket of water, heat it in the microwave, and sponge bathe horses if they have a bad spot that needs out. But then be sure to dry them off as quickly as possible and/or throw a blanket onto them until they're dry.

If your horse is like the typical white coated horses, spot cleaning might need to be done frequently. If so, just get a jelly scrub, curry, etc. and some soap and only try to scrub that area. The less you bathe them, the better.

As far as clipping, I would only do so if your horse is shown in the winter or is a wooly mammoth all year-around. I see it to be a pain to do. The boarders always look forward to the day they get to fight with their horses on who clips who. ;D lol!

Only clip if you really think it's needed. Why make more work for yourself?
haha, thanks this really helped!:)

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I'm a very strong supporter of any of the TopTurnout (Lucky Braids) products. Google it, expensive but it does the job and it does the job WELL. I bathe my horse once a week, and if I show I just save it for the day before the show. I clip my horses nose ears and bridle path before a show, every show. I never body clip unless it's about to be summer and he's still furry and not shedding.

Hope this helps :)
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I'm a very strong supporter of any of the TopTurnout (Lucky Braids) products. Google it, expensive but it does the job and it does the job WELL. I bathe my horse once a week, and if I show I just save it for the day before the show. I clip my horses nose ears and bridle path before a show, every show. I never body clip unless it's about to be summer and he's still furry and not shedding.

Hope this helps :)
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Thanks, I will definitely try the TopTurnout brand

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i use bright a white shampoo (its purple color) and used it for when i had pictures taken with them. i have a Paint whos black and white but he stays clean!! i usually just brush him and hes clean, but he gets bathed 3 to 4 times a year in the summer. and he will be a gaming horse so he doesnt need to be clipped but i may do his legs in the spring for mud.
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i use bright a white shampoo (its purple color) and used it for when i had pictures taken with them. i have a Paint whos black and white but he stays clean!! i usually just brush him and hes clean, but he gets bathed 3 to 4 times a year in the summer. and he will be a gaming horse so he doesnt need to be clipped but i may do his legs in the spring for mud.
Ok, thanks!!!

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Just a note on any of the white enhancing shampoos. They are usually purple or blue, thats the cleaning agent. And it WILL absolutely stain a white coat.

You need to apply it, thoroughy lather it until it turns white (can still have a slight purple or blue tint to it) then rinse it off really well within 2-5 minutes. Otherwise youll end up with a blue or purple horse. I dont ever let it set for the full time recommended due to my horses ending up with a purple tint to their white. Which is no fun and you just have to wait until it fades...
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Just a note on any of the white enhancing shampoos. They are usually purple or blue, thats the cleaning agent. And it WILL absolutely stain a white coat.

You need to apply it, thoroughy lather it until it turns white (can still have a slight purple or blue tint to it) then rinse it off really well within 2-5 minutes. Otherwise youll end up with a blue or purple horse. I dont ever let it set for the full time recommended due to my horses ending up with a purple tint to their white. Which is no fun and you just have to wait until it fades...
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Lol, good to know, thanks!!

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i did my paint then worked on my moms and it was on for a few minutes on both before i took it off and they still sere white and didnt have any tints.
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