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    04-08-2013, 11:55 PM
Rinsing horse...question?

If it's 70 degrees outside and after I ride I want to rinse off my horse, would it be okay to do even if he still has winter hair?
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    04-09-2013, 12:39 AM
I always make my decision based on how much the temp will drop in the next few hours... in AZ, we can have 30 degrees difference between noon and night, so I had some days where it was 75 when I rode, 65 when I was done and cooler at night--therefore no rinse. But, if it's going to stay around 70 for a few hours I think you're fine! Just use a sweat scraper afterwards to remove excess water.
    04-09-2013, 06:08 AM
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I take ACV in warm water, sponge off quickly, scrape and towel dry.

Long hair can take forever to dry well if you are rinsing completely, and I wouldn't do it right now.
    04-09-2013, 12:07 PM
My rule of thumb is if I'm in a t-shirt, I can use a hose. However, I will reconsider if I'm hosing in the evening and the temp is going to drop over night.
    04-09-2013, 12:09 PM
I had a training buddy from Norway--she was a you of I foreign exchange student--who used straw to dry off wet horses with a heavy coat. I suggest a sheet or light blanket, in the stall, until the horse is dry, then a good grooming.
My horses get so much turnout that they usually roll off their heavy coats.
    04-09-2013, 12:11 PM
Use a towel to dry off the horse after rinsing and the scraper, cuts drying time way down.
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    04-09-2013, 04:15 PM
I would say as long as it will still be 70 for a while you should be fine. If you can, graze him out in the sunshine until he is dry rather than putting him in a chilly dark stall. Keep an eye on him as he is drying, and have a cooler at the ready if he starts shivering.
    04-09-2013, 04:50 PM
Depends on the barn. My barn is wood, and sometimes, after a heavy Spring workout that leaves my horses really wet, I put them into their stall to dry bc it's warmer. Many barns are not made of metal and it IS colder inside. You need to use discretion.
    04-09-2013, 09:37 PM
It was actually almost 80 today!, so I went ahead and rinsed him. :)
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