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        09-30-2013, 06:11 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I always like my horse to look clean, but bathing them too often will strip the natural oils out of their coat and make their skin dry. During the summer I hose my mare off with only water after I ride. This is pretty effective when it comes to getting the dirt out of their coat and it wont dry their skin too badly. As far as using shampoo and conditioner, I probably give her a full bath about three or four times during the summer or whenever I am going to a show.
         
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        09-30-2013, 06:13 PM
      #12
    Trained
    Our horses shower when it rains. We don't need to do anything. Besides, they'll just roll in the dirt anyway.
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        09-30-2013, 07:00 PM
      #13
    Foal
    Thanks! This helped a lot!
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        10-01-2013, 02:18 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    I rinse off my horse after every ride because it is so hot in Texas, and I want him to be comfortable.
    As far as actual bathing, I do that probably a couple times a month, and before every show.
         
        10-01-2013, 02:22 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Never and often and in between. Horses usually get a good bath grazing in the rain. I had to shut my shelter this summer bc it was so wet, and I couldn't get in there to clean it, and my 3 horses had crap up their legs from walking through the muck in FRONT of the shelter.
    So, I gave them a bath, the day I went on vacation.
    I also use Mane N Tail on their legs when grooming in the summer before schooling to help with fly control.
         
        10-01-2013, 02:27 PM
      #16
    Foal
    1) do you absolutely need to bathe them? - I would say no, unless you were treating a certain condition that needed antibacterial shampoo to combat (or, of course, if you were showing). I very rarely give my horse a full bath with shampoo. I will scrub her legs when needed (white socks!) or her tail on ocassion, but her whole body only gets a cool (not cold) water rinse after a ride or to cool her down on a particularly hot day.

    2) how often should I bathe them? With shampoo, very rarely. As others have said, protect the oils in their fur by using shampoo sparingly. You'd be surprised at how clean & shiny you can get a horse by simply using elbow grease & currying/brushing (which is healthier b/c it redistributes the oils rather than drying them out).

    3) what are some good quality shampoos and mane and tail conditioners in Canada? I don't know if available in Canada, but Eqyss products are great (& smell really good!). I also like Mane & Tail & Healthy Hair Moisturizer.
         
        10-01-2013, 02:28 PM
      #17
    Trained
    I wish I had more FRIENDS who bought Mane N Tail, didn't like it for their own hair, and gave me the rest of the bottle. =b
         
        10-01-2013, 02:52 PM
      #18
    Yearling
    I am along the lines of the posts I read. I rinse with plain water, rubbing with my hand to get the loose dust/dirt out each time I ride but only in the event of heavy sweating. If it is an area only under the saddle pad, I will let it dry or just go over with a damp towel/sponge and then brush it out.

    I have a gray so as hyper as I am about no stains showing, I may, depending on how bad, rinse off prior to riding and allow to completely dry before tacking up..with my horse's short coat it doesn't take that long. If not as bad I will use a spot leave on shampoo, like Cowboy Magic, along with a towel and elbow grease to get the worst of it off.

    I do wash the tail every few days but I am in regrow mode so add in a lot of conditioner and detangler (non-silicone) to help. I do a full bath every few weeks but will spot bathe if something else comes in like fungus on the legs, some minor abrasions or cuts etc. Definitely would bathe before a show.
         
        10-01-2013, 02:57 PM
      #19
    Foal
    I used to always want to give my horses baths until the trainer said it wasn't a good idea because of their skin oils. Now we do bathing before shows and 4H camp. I'm too busy riding, mucking, feeding and worrying about them to do the bathing now much anyway. Besides, they just go straight way to the nearest mud or poop pile and muck it all up in a matter of seconds. Phew! But when you're young and have free time I don't think it's bad to give them a bath once in a while in the summer. This time of year you might want to be careful though unless it's on a warm day.
         

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