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    05-14-2009, 04:20 PM
  #1
Yearling
Arrow so i want 2 bathe my horse........

Ummmm, okay please don't rag on me for this but I've had my horsees for about 3-4 years and I don't know how to bathe them What/when/how should I do it

Thanks
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    05-14-2009, 04:29 PM
  #2
Trained
You'll need a bucket, a sponge, shampoo, conditioner, sweat scrapper.
Optional are a curry comb (or some sort of thing to get the soap down to the skin to get them sparkling)

I would either have your horse tied or have someone holding the horse. If you don't know how to the horse will react to water.

I fill a bucket up with water, and put the shampoo in there.
Then I wet the horse (all the parts I want to bathe, but I don't spray the head)
Then I get the sponge and soap them up.
Then rinse the soap off, then sweat scrape.
And you have a clean horse!
     
    05-14-2009, 04:55 PM
  #3
Weanling
You can also purchase a product like ezAll and just put it on the hose as an attachment, spray with soap, let set for 1-2 minutes, and rinse off!

My horse gets clean REAL easy this way, and dirt won't stick to him. He becomes velvet-y smooth!
     
    05-14-2009, 07:46 PM
  #4
Showing
Besides the basics, bucket soap etc. It really is easier if you can get someone to help you. One of you hold the horse the other give the bath.
If the horse has never been bathed before, start off by getting them used to the running water from the hose. Once he/she sees what it is and isn't freaked out by it. Start running water on the front feet working your way up the leg. DO NOT just start getting the horse wet. You want his first experience to be half way pleasant so go slow. Wet up the front leg on one side to the neck then down to the back. Go down to the back legs then up to the rump. Be careful around the tail area and dock. Some horses (mares in particular) are very sensitive and will sometimes collapse the back legs if too much pressure is sprayed around and under the tail.
Soap him up good including the tail/mane with a sponge. I use a rubber curry or jelly to work the soap in if they are very dirty. Rinse and repeat on the other side.
I use a sweat scrapper to hurry the drying process. I also don't let them free till they are completely dry. Mine will go roll in the nearest dust pile if they aren't dry. Then you have to do it all over again

ETA: I add the soap to the water in the bucket. If you just rub soap on them your really wasting the product and getting to much soap on them. Think car wash Also, when you first start with the hose. Keep the water running on the front leg till they relax a bit before you start up the leg to the chest and neck. Have fun and don't get too wet
     
    05-14-2009, 08:46 PM
  #5
Started
the ezal stuff is fantastic and so simple to use. And leaves your glossy and soft.
     
    05-15-2009, 04:41 AM
  #6
Weanling
Not much else to say they have pretty much told you how to do it only one thing is if your in red dirt like me then stick a rug on after so he or she does not roll and get dirty I learnt that the hard way
     
    05-15-2009, 05:32 AM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by angelsgrace    
not much else to say they have pretty much told you how to do it only one thing is if your in red dirt like me then stick a rug on after so he or she does not roll and get dirty I learnt that the hard way

So I'm not the only one that learn's things the hard way then?
     
    05-15-2009, 08:59 AM
  #8
Weanling
How often should you bathe a horse?
     
    05-15-2009, 09:02 AM
  #9
Showing
I bathe mine fairly regular in the summer, once every 3-4 weeks. When its really hot they enjoy it and I do too
Winter time they go 6 months or so without one. I don't have an indoor place and warm water so they just go dirty.
     
    05-16-2009, 02:08 PM
  #10
Trained
I don't bathe a lot in the summer, but I will hose them down when its hot out. They all enjoy it.

I bathe them like once every few months in the warmer months and I don't bathe them at all when its cold.
     

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