Questions on bathing the face, and soap issues ???

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    07-23-2012, 04:48 PM
Questions on bathing the face, and soap issues ???

Whenever I give my horse a bath I feel like no matter how much I rinse him and whatever grooming tools I might use, that I can not get all of the soap off of him. Even after I have rinsed, what I think is quite thoroughly, I go to scrap the water of and I notice soap bubble appearing when I do so. Im not sure what the problem is. I don't know if perhaps the soap I am using isn't really that good, or not good for my particular horse??? I use Mane and Tale shampoo and conditioner. Am I maybe using too much? How much shampoo do you use on your horse?

I also have a general question on how you wash their face? I usually just use water and a sponge. But I feel like I'm not really getting the job done as well as I would like. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!! I just want to keep him as clean and comfortable as possible! Thanks!!!
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    07-23-2012, 09:25 PM
Green Broke
Use Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar, and put about cup of that is bucket of warm water, and sponge off horse after bathing. This cuts the soap suds and makes horse shiny and helps with flies too.

Other vinegars are made from corn, Heinz is made from apples, which is why I suggest it.

And could be using way too much soap too?

I use Orvus, little dab will do you.
    07-23-2012, 09:34 PM
Also, what method are you using to rinse the soap off from the body? I use one of those cheapie pistol pressure nozzles on my hose whenever I bathe a horse because it will really get down into the hair all the way to the skin and rinse everything away. On my gray horse, unless he has a really nasty stained spot, I don't even have to use soap to get him really sparkly white. Just the pressurized water is enough to get all the dirt out. However, if I do use soap, there is certainly none left by the time I'm through rinsing.
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    07-24-2012, 12:03 AM
I just use the hose without any type of nozzle. My horse is rather frightened of high pressure water. But I suppose it wouldn't be to difficult to accustom him to it. I feel a little silly. That's quite an obvious answer. Of course if the water isn't really getting through the coat, down to the skin, then the soap is just staying trapped. Thanks for the suggestion. I will have to check out some different nozzles.

Also the Vinegar sounds like a good idea as well. I will definitely have to try that and see how it works for me!
    07-24-2012, 12:09 AM
I use a nozzle with all the settings and I use the mist setting to wash my horses face and the shower and diagonal spray to get the soap off. I also use Mane and Tail and have no problem getting it off with the nozzle.
    07-24-2012, 12:12 AM
I use a hose nozzle with all the settings. I use the mist setting for my horses face and he loves it! And I use the shower and diagonal spray sometimes the cone setting on his body and have no problem getting the soap off. I also use Mane and Tail and I love it. =)
    07-24-2012, 12:14 AM
Sorry for the double (or now triple) post.
    07-24-2012, 12:14 AM
How often are you washing with shampoo? I'd keep it to a minimum - use cold water to get rid of sweatmarks and stains (hot water opens pores), otherwise just brush out the dirt with a good curry comb and body brush. Shampoo removes the natural oils from the coat, while brushing stimulates production of oil and creates a lovely natural shine.
    07-24-2012, 12:23 AM
Use the shower setting on your spray nozzle, anything stronger is not comfortable on the body. Rinse with warm water, while you're rinsing, scrap the water off with a rubber sweat scraper until no suds appear. For washing the face, do as you are, wet down with a sponge, the sponge down with your soapy water, it's tearless, I know as I has gotten many different shampoo brands in my eyes-doesn't burn. After washed his face, taking care with the ears, rinse with clear water from a sponge. Never spray water on the face, it's disrespectful. You can give him a drink from the hose if wants someone, my horse seems to love sucking back the warm hose water, yukky!!!
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    07-24-2012, 04:52 PM
Green Broke
The vinegar in warm water is excellent - why didn't I think of that

I only shampoo three of my horses 3 - 4 times through the season but I cold hose them down and take a brush to the yuk every night they come in a sweaty mess.

The fourth horse has environmental allergies and gets shampooed 1 - 2 times monthly with a prescription shampoo.

When I give them the final rinse, I use my finger nailes to lightly scratch/massage any excess dirt and sweat the brush missed; generally along the top line and the butt and a favorite "itchy" spot whether they have dirt there or not

I never have been a fan of sponges. For the face and personal areas, I prefer those big white wash cloths that come in a pack of six (or maybe it's eight) at WalMart. They are good and sturdy, wash up in the washer very well and best of all they are really cheap so if you ruin one you don't feel bad. I've got two packs I bought two years ago and they're all still washing four horses

I soak the wash clothes with enough water to rub & squeeze it down their face, yet they don't get the sensation they are bleeding or drowning. They all put their nose to my chest while I "massage" their face with the wet wash cloth and I am careful to avoid letting water drip into their eyes or noses.

While I have both the shower-type nozzle and the old, dependable, brass nozzle that turns to adjust it, I prefer the brass nozzle because I can hold it and adjust it, all at the same time I'm brushing with the other hand.

I have one inch water hoses, we have a lot of water pressure and it's just easier on my arthritic hands to use the old fashioned nozzle.

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