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.
Last edited by JenniMay; 10-01-2013 at 01:30 PM.