I know it's not possible forever, but I was wondering how I could keep my horse cleanER. He doesn't roll, but he kicks up mud and it gets on his tummy and sides... Also, he hates the wash stall with a passion... Any tips?
Once you get him clean, you can use Show Sheen or a similar product to make the hair slick, but this is a pretty expensive way to go. Sometimes I use EQ Solutions Body Wash according to package directions, and dirt brushes out easier. If he can handle a quick rinse, that's what I would do.
Otherwise, I would suggest a good brush, and maybe a vacuum. I guess it depends on how clean you want to keep him.
I don't know how you would help prevent him from getting dirty but I do have some suggestions in regards to the wash stall. Have you ever tried washing him outside? Some horses feel a little closterfobic in the wash stall. When they are outside they can see more and have a little bit of room to move around, plus they don't have to deal with the water making noise on the walls of the wash stall.
I generally bath all my horses outside, I injoy it more and they stand better for it. It may take a little bit of work getting him to stand well for it but with some patience and a helper it won't be to long until he will just stand.
If however even that doesn't work then you can always use the water in a bucket...it is more time intensive but it works well also.
I have a half-white horse with four white stockings. It's pretty impossible to keep her clean and let her be a normal horse at the same time. At the barn I board they use sawdust and all she has to do is lay down and she gets dirty. Let her outside, her socks get dirty! She seems to get one side dirtier than the other! I usually spot clean her everyday with cowboy magic and bathe her once a week. That's at least, how I attempt to manage it.
I used to go through that, and it was terror... Stoeka had a nasty tendency to choose the worst places to roll.... :roll:
What I used to do with brown spots, was to take a wet sponge and scrub only that area, and any excess dirty water that lies on her coat I would wipe it away with another dry sponge.
For the dust, which you can also use on other coloured horses, you wet a fine bristled body brush so that it is only slightly damp, then take it over the horse's coat. Make sure you keep on rinsing the dust out of the brush every few strokes so you don't just brush all the dust back in again.
I would try and get him used to the wash stall if possible. Def. Reward EVERY effort to go in. Even if it is just a step forward. Don't bribe him, but I would give him a carrot even if he smells it.
I have a paint who loves to roll. Nothing prevents the stains except a blanket. I keep a fly sheet on my horse in the summer which helps keep him clean as well. I use iodine shampoo on him about once a week and I might just be imagining it but I think it keeps his white so much whiter and softer, and it gets rid of fungus and other nasty things. I LOVE the stuff and use it for a bunch of different things.
I think it's all the horse. My boy tends to sleep laying down but he doesn't roll much so there isn't usually much to clean up and as long as I keep one area dry and clean he will lay there. I'll include a picture of him, this pic is right after a bath but the bath was yesterday morning and if I took a picture of him right now he would look the exact same still.
Unfortunately, there isn't much that can be done to keep him clean if he is turned out in a paddock with areas of mud. Is it the water spraying that bothers him or just being in the washstall? I have found that horses that don't like the spray of the water will soon learn to love it if you give them a bath every time after a hard workout.