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    04-06-2009, 03:21 PM
  #1
Foal
Wink Spring Bathing ?

Hi. I keep my horse outside in a paddock and on pasture. She is filthy dirty and sheding like a mad man. The weather here is about 55 and 35 at night. Is it too cold to give her a bath? I do have a blanket, but it is more for winter. Just curious on what temp to wait for to get her cleaned up.
     
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    04-06-2009, 03:28 PM
  #2
Trained
I personally go by the rule of, if I were to get soaked, would I be comfortable?

I like to give baths when the temps during the day are around 70 during the day, and I bathe when its the warmest and make sure they're dry before it starts getting cooler out.

If you have a cooler, that will help too.
     
    04-06-2009, 03:31 PM
  #3
Foal
I like that rule : ) We will just wait until it warms up a bit more. I'm so excited to see her shiny and clean : )
     
    04-06-2009, 04:36 PM
  #4
Trained
I use the same rule.. of course Soda freaked out and got himself completely lathered & plastered in mud the other day, so I sponged some of him off. Then I towel dried, brushed & walked him until he was dry. The full bath will wait until its warmer. I wish it was now though my horses are digusting...
     
    04-06-2009, 11:55 PM
  #5
Green Broke
I'm usually more concerned about the temp of the water rather then the temp outside. If it's been pretty warm for several days in a row the water usually isn't too bad. But if it's been cold for a while (like in the 30s) usually a day or two isn't enough to warm it up. I'd run the water over your hand a while and see how it feels to you. If you think it's comfortable go for it. If not, I'd wait. Usually a good shedding blade will do much better hair/mud wise then a bath anyways.
     
    04-07-2009, 12:57 PM
  #6
Started
Curry!

So I can't say I feel your pain b/c I gave Maddy a bath Saturday :) Move to CA!
     
    04-07-2009, 01:40 PM
  #7
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by kchfuller    
curry!

So I can't say I feel your pain b/c I gave Maddy a bath Saturday :) Move to CA!
LOL, yeah that might work
     
    04-07-2009, 03:17 PM
  #8
Foal
LOL kc! However I am in love with Montana : ) So we will wait another month or so to even think about a bath.
     
    04-07-2009, 03:33 PM
  #9
mls
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by upnover    
I'm usually more concerned about the temp of the water rather then the temp outside.
An on demand water heater is great to have in the barn.

This time of year the sun is nice and warm. We'll bath and put a cooler or blanket on.

My gray is getting a bath on Thursday.
     
    04-07-2009, 03:59 PM
  #10
Started
Quote:
Originally Posted by KTSpeedhorse    
LOL kc! However I am in love with Montana : ) So we will wait another month or so to even think about a bath.
well if you get fed up, you know where the good weather is
     

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