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post #1 of 15 Old 05-01-2008, 09:52 PM Thread Starter
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How often to wash, bathe, clean...

So, I have gotten a lot of varying answers from the other owners at my barn on this issue. Some are very relaxed about it, others are very strict....
I ride about 5 times a week, most times working up a mild sweat under my saddle and in the armpit-areas and chest. I live in North Carolina, so spring has been nice, summers are very warm.

How often do I rinse off my horse, give him a full blown shampooed bath, or just let him dry au naturale? I want to avoid any problems caused by dried sweat without overreacting.

Also, how often to I rinse off or clean my saddle pad (tacky type pad) and wool liner on cinch?

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post #2 of 15 Old 05-01-2008, 10:31 PM
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You can rinse off any sweaty areas after every ride if you want. Sweat can itch when it dries so it's nicer for your horse if you remove it.

A full bath, I'd say once a month is more than sufficient. Unless your showing of course.
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post #3 of 15 Old 05-01-2008, 10:44 PM
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I usually bathe my mare about once a month or twice a month if she's really dirty. ;)
But after every ride I do a slight groom. Brush off the sweat, & if needed rinse her off.

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You can wash a horse off after every ride with water--not only is sweat itchy, but if left on the coat it also bleaches their color out faster.
Don't get crazy with shampoo, though--it can actually start to leave the hair looking dry and fuzzy, because the horse's natural oils have all been washed away. once a week at most, but 1/2 a month is fine. Never shampoo right before a show, either--let it have one/two days to calm down, and get the natural oils back!
Rinse and wash the pads when they start to look bad. I love the tacky-too pads. I like the neopreme (spelling?) girths better then wool/rope ones, because there is nothing for bacteria to hide in, and they wash off and dry almost instantly.
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post #6 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 08:21 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for the suggestions.....I didn't realize it was best to rinse off after each ride, so I am glad I asked especially now that it is getting warmer!

I don't show, so weekly shampooing isn't necessary, in fact I think I last shampooed about a month ago. But he will be getting a shampoo this weekend! Those white spots are starting to turn gray!
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post #7 of 15 Old 05-02-2008, 10:21 AM
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You don't have to rinse after every single ride, but it won't hurt lol. I'm just saying. ;)

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My horses are on pasture year round, and i've been told that to bathe a pasture horse too much, it can damage their hair... Mine get full out baths maybe twice to three times a year (in the summer and spring)... but I get the hose and rinse them off whenever I feel like it during the warmer seasons.

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post #9 of 15 Old 05-05-2008, 02:48 PM
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I wash and bathe once a month cuz of horse shows lol

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We do bath day about every 3 weeks. Everybody gets one whether they need it or not Our riding mares may get one more often if we are going someplace and they are realy dirty. After each ride if shes sweaty, I do a pretty good brushing in the saddle area. I didn't know it bleached out the hair faster either I may start hosing her sweaty butt off now
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