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  • I have a show but it's winter so how do I bath my horse?
  • Prepping a none rug horses for shows

 
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    06-24-2008, 03:23 AM
  #1
Trained
preparing for shows in winter

On saturday I had to bath possum for our gymkhana thingy sunday. Its winter here and it was about 22C when I was washing her. She was ok at first but I was going as quick as I could so as not to prolong it. By the end she was shaking all over. So much that I was really worried about her. I stopped rinsing her then and did my best to deal with the tail and mane still half full of conditioner :roll:

So my question is to those people who live in climates that actually have terrible winters. How do you wash your horse thoroughly enough when its so cold???? I've got another couple of shows coming up now and I don't want her to have to go through this every time. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated :)
     
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    06-24-2008, 05:10 AM
  #2
Weanling
I wash my horse in stages and leave her rug on the places i'm not washing. Ok, here's what I do.

First, I undo the straps on her rug and give her a haynet. I fold the rug back and the back half of her. Then I dry this area off as much as possible, put a dry towel over it and put the rug back down. Next, I fold the rug away from her front area and wash this, dry it off as much as possible, put a towel there and do up the rug so its on properly. Next, I put towels around the base of her neck so water doesn't drip under her rug and I wash her neck and mane and dry them afterwards. If she's very cold after this, I leave her legs until a few hours time, Otherwise I do them last.

Normally, I put on a fresh rug once she's dried a little because the rug tends to get a bit damp from this washing process.

Another thing that I've used when its REALLY cold is using warm water from the house. Dad wasn't very happy when he didn't have any hot water for his shower that night though hehe

Anyways, give it a try and you might find it helps
     
    06-24-2008, 07:33 AM
  #3
Weanling
My wash bay is indoors and I have hot and cold water.. so my horses are fine when I am washing them for a show .. after i've done it I just put his rugs on and keep them nice and warm.

For outdoor - cold wash bays umm.. Just do it and then rug the horse up give it some warm hard feed and just yeah rug them up.

XD
     
    06-24-2008, 07:53 AM
  #4
Yearling
Try wet-strapping :)

Just get some reasonably hot water (not too hot!) then get a yellow cloth or sponge, dip it in and squeeze it out so its damp then wipe/rub and it gets all the dirt out
     
    06-24-2008, 07:54 AM
  #5
Yearling
Oh, and the water should be filthy by the time you have done your whole horse
     
    06-24-2008, 11:27 AM
  #6
Foal
I try to avoid washing if at all possible during the winter. My two main show horses now are bay and liver chestnut, so even if they are dirty you can't really tell. I tend to wash their socks and maybe their tails and just give them a really good brush down for the rest.
I used to show two greys and with greys it is so hard to hide the dirt. So, I would have to wash and I would either use warm water or if I was at the show when I was washing, I would bring this handy little water heater and you would just stick it in and give it like 15 minutes to heat. I would heat up 3 buckets with 3 sponges, 1 to get them wet (tends to get dirty fast), 1 to put soap in, and one to rinse them off with. Try to make the process go by as fast as possible and have a warm blanket ready for them. Once your done, blanket them and walk them at a good fast walking pace to get them warmed up. Then, I would give them a nice warm mash, which I would heat the water up with my heater.
The heaters are like the coolest things ever. They only cost like $25 dollars and pretty much made my life when I was having to wash greys at horse shows in the cold.
     
    06-24-2008, 11:34 AM
  #7
Yearling
Ooh! And if someone can help you bathing is soo much quicker!
     
    06-24-2008, 12:08 PM
  #8
Trained
I've never had any experience bathing a horse in the winter or even the cooler months, so I turned to google.

This one is about Hot Toweling.. it seems cool
http://www.equishopper.com/t-article-WinterBathing.aspx

Here's a water heater if you don't have any hot water
http://www.doversaddlery.com/water-h...1-4758/cn/172/

And then there's a portable water heater for bathing a horse, but it's a lot more expensive, but it seems really cool!
http://www.doversaddlery.com/hott-wa...-27031/cn/172/
     
    06-24-2008, 01:30 PM
  #9
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by appylover31803
This one is about Hot Toweling.. it seems cool
http://www.equishopper.com/t-article-WinterBathing.aspx
Thats what I meant! We call it wet strapping and my explaination sucked
     
    06-24-2008, 05:27 PM
  #10
Trained
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Originally Posted by hunterequlover781
I try to avoid washing if at all possible during the winter. My two main show horses now are bay and liver chestnut, so even if they are dirty you can't really tell. I tend to wash their socks and maybe their tails and just give them a really good brush down for the rest.
I used to show two greys and with greys it is so hard to hide the dirt. So, I would have to wash and I would either use warm water or if I was at the show when I was washing, I would bring this handy little water heater and you would just stick it in and give it like 15 minutes to heat. I would heat up 3 buckets with 3 sponges, 1 to get them wet (tends to get dirty fast), 1 to put soap in, and one to rinse them off with. Try to make the process go by as fast as possible and have a warm blanket ready for them. Once your done, blanket them and walk them at a good fast walking pace to get them warmed up. Then, I would give them a nice warm mash, which I would heat the water up with my heater.
The heaters are like the coolest things ever. They only cost like $25 dollars and pretty much made my life when I was having to wash greys at horse shows in the cold.
unfortunately not washing her is virtually impossible. I live in the tropics of australia (hence why its the middle of winter and it still reaches 24C during the day) and our winters are very dry. The dust builds up so much on her coat that you can draw pictures on the dust in her fur lol and dirt gets right in the roots of the mane and tail. Aaand there is a dam on the property and for some reason she likes to roll in the mud around the edge of it. There is no amount of brushing that can bring them back from that :)

Also I have no electricity where the horses are so I can't heat anything. If there was electricity there I would have heated some water for her. That gives me an idea. I could take the little gas bbq and boil some water in a pot. That could work

Moomoo - I had someone helping me :) he was just slower than a wet week and proved very little help at all lol ill recruit someone else next time ;
)

Appy - thanks for the links :)
     

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