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post #1 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
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Should i rinse?

I have been rinsing my horse off with just water to get the sweat off him after I ride. Is this ok to do or could this cause problems like rain rot? I have been riding about 5 days a week. I have just always brushed him before after we would get back from a ride but lately I have been doing this just because he looks like he enjoys it.
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post #2 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 06:10 PM
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Is the humidity low enough in your area that he actually dries off after you rinse him? If he does dry off, then you don't need to worry about rain rot. I rinse some of my horses off daily in the summer as well and never had a problem.
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post #3 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Today he was probably dry in about 20 mins . It rained yesterday so I rode but we skipped the rinse. The day before it took him forever to dry.
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Where I ride we are usually both dripping with sweat by the end.. Well, not so much the horse because I'm still a beginner so it's not too difficult for him, but where the saddle was is very sweaty, and sometimes his neck. My trainer tells me to rinse him off every time. Then I use the sweat scraper and we will usually stand in the sun for a few minutes while he grazes. He's usually not completely dry when I put him back, NEVER dripping wet though.. Never thought about this. I'm interested to see what others say.

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post #5 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 07:03 PM
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When it's hot out and I have sweaty horses, I hose them off too (at a tepid temperature). I usually set them up near a fan afterwards to dry off a little, then back outside or to the stall. I have never had a problem with rain rot connected to this. :)
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post #6 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 08:04 PM
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I rinse my filly off every day before her evening meal (around 6 pm) and she's always dry before she's even done eating. She hasn't had any trouble with rain rot at all from it, so I'd say its good to do...especially if your horse has sensitive skin. If you don't and you leave the sweat to dry, he might get sweat scald or irritation.
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I rinse and scrape off with my hands, then leave them tied out to graze and eat their horse kibble while they dry off. A clean(ish) dry horse is happier and healthier then a crusty sweaty dry horse.

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post #8 of 11 Old 08-29-2013, 11:38 PM
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I don't see why it'd be an issue. Actual rain rarely causes rain rot, so you're probably good - unless you go out and scrape him when it rains too ;)
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post #9 of 11 Old 08-31-2013, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone I will continue to rinse him now without any worry of doing more harm than good
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-31-2013, 05:51 PM
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I find that I have much less rain rot if I do rinse the sweat off. If it is warm enough to allow the horse to dry, I always rinse the sweat off. That sweat is not doing anything but irritating the skin. I am careful never to rinse them if it will make them cold. As long as it is hot, rinse away. Your horse will thank you.

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