Which removes natural oils, Bathing or Grooming?

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    06-22-2010, 04:14 PM
Question Which removes natural oils, Bathing or Grooming?

(By the way I meant to put "Bathing or Rinsing" ,sorry:()

I was at the barn last night riding a school horse. She was really only sweaty in the saddle and girth area. I didn't want to rinse her off, because I had read that it would remove the horses natural oils in their coat. (and these school horses pretty much get rinsed off after every ride) So I thought that I would just brush her out really good. Then one of the girls spoke out and was like "You should rinse her out since we went to the trails". (We only went on the trails for 3 mins.) And she said that only bathing removes the oils...and that if I didn't rinse her off, the mosquitos would attak her. So long story short, waht do you suggest you do in a situation like this?? Opinions please!:)

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    06-22-2010, 04:19 PM
Bathing can strip the oils if you use a harsh shampoo. However, even using a harsh shampoo isn't detrimental if you don't bathe a horse every day.

Rinsing her off wouldn't have stripped the oils in her coat. In fact, it would have made her feel better and cooled her off.
    06-22-2010, 04:22 PM
Ok, well I groomed her and rinsed her off so I guess that's good
    06-25-2010, 12:12 PM
Like Speed Racer said, it's bathing that can remove the natural oils. You should always rinse off sweaty horses because the salt can make them itchy and damage the coat. It doesn't remove oils.
    06-25-2010, 04:41 PM
Rinsing a horse after a hard work out or on a hot day is great because it removes the salt and perspiration, but not the oils. It's the detergents in the shampoo that will remove the oil from their skin and coat.

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