Temperature for a bath with non-heated water?

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    03-29-2013, 05:24 PM
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Temperature for a bath with non-heated water?

Title says it all.

It's 65* and sunny out today (feels warmer that 65*), Lacey is sweating like she's living in some sort of humid Sahara desert (she still has Artic-winter levels of hair on herself), and I would love to give her a bath if it's "kosher."
Tomorrow it's supposed to be 70* but according to Accuweather, it's supposed to feel colder...not sure how they know that though! Haha

I'd be bathing her in the direct sun, she'd get the water scraped off her fast, and I'd make sure the bath was as fast as possible.

I'm inclined to think that it's ok but I hate seeing her shiver when I give her a bath and it's too cold...
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    03-29-2013, 06:19 PM
The rule of thumb that I have always went by is 65* and sunny. With cold water that is probably a bit chilly but in Northern Michigan sometimes we have to wait until July to get a hot day!

If they NEED a bath (skin problems) I will do 55* and sunny.

If she doesn't "need" a bath you can always wait a few weeks for warmer weather.
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    03-29-2013, 06:23 PM
With warm water and a bunch of coolers and towels, I'll bathe in the fifties. Without warm water, I would wait until 65-70F.
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    03-29-2013, 06:31 PM
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Thanks! I think I'll wait until tomorrow when it'll be sunny and warmer - it got overcast again so I think it might be a little too chilly. :(

She's starting to get really itchy with shedding, dried sweat, and bugs (bugs already! It's terrible) so I'm hoping to bathe her before she rubs herself raw on something trying to scratch an itch. Horses!
    03-29-2013, 10:32 PM
I can't wait to be able to give my horse a bath! It's still in the 40s and 50s here, so I'll probably have to wait 'til May. I don't like to bathe until it's around 70, too much work drying them off and keeping them warm.

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