10-01-2013, 01:52 PM
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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.