Those who have horses with White in them that and how often you have to bathe

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    07-24-2011, 11:32 PM
Those who have horses with White in them that and how often you have to bathe

Have had Romeo for 6 days now. I washed him the first full day he was here, and then 3 days later. I have him in a 30x30 stable yard until I get my pasture. I guess he wollows alot and I'm wondering how often you wash your horses , mainly those with white in them. Mine is a paint gelding
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    07-24-2011, 11:37 PM
Green Broke
My mare I hardly ever have to wash she has quite a bit of white but I truly believe she's a priss haha and surprisingly even when she rolls with a quick brush she is pretty darn clean :]
    07-24-2011, 11:55 PM
My grey Mustang gelding has a very full, completely white mane. If you show, I imagine you wash more frequently than if your horse does not show. But, washing your horse too often sucks the natural oils that keep their coat healthy and shiny out, so every few days seems too much to me. With white manes/tails I just use a whitening shampoo and condition with a conditioner that repels dirt. It keeps it whiter longer so you don't have to bathe as often. (:
    07-25-2011, 12:00 AM
I only wash when I have a show on. Tess is naturally clean anyway. Im not sure why, it's just her.
    07-25-2011, 12:15 AM
The important thing to remember is....Bathing a horse to keep it clean and pretty is the the owners preference not the horse. Horses roll in the dirt trying to stay dirty because the dirt is used as a shield against the hot sun and the pesty biting fly's. (White on a horse usually is pink skin underneath and this skin is even more sensitive) Trust me your horse will thank you if you only bathe them before a show or once a month as long as you let them roll and get dirty.
    07-25-2011, 12:20 AM
Since my boys with a lot of white on them can sun burn if kept too clean, I only bathe them once a week, maybe even once every 2 weeks. I loooove Carr & Day & Martin whitener spray. It won't leave a purple residue if left on too long and works like a dream! I like to use a rubber curry on my boys every day (2-3 times a day for my show gelding, Cisco) and I get into all to "nooks and crannies", then I use a very fine bristled finishing brush to sweep any small dust away and I finish off with a silicone based conditioning/finishing spray. It helps repel dirt and makes the next grooming session a lot easier. Another way to help keep your boy clean and white is to put a breathable fly sheet on him after you've bathed him. He can roll and not get filthy and it will protect his skin and coat from UV rays too.
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    07-25-2011, 12:28 AM
One of my horses has quite a bit of white on him. I just bathe him before shows and if he's having a "spa day" (which happens once or twice a year tops). I just groom him like normal and if he has stains, oh well. It doesn't bother me at all that he isn't sparkly white. I can get rid of the stains when I'm going out in front of a judge, representing my barn, etc.
    07-25-2011, 12:31 AM
Green Broke
I only have a single white sock on my horse but as far as baths, whenever he's too muddy to consider saddling him. I hose him off after most rides in the Summer.... then giggle as he rolls in the dirt.

He's a horse and hey, next to all the gray horses who love seeing who can acquire the most green and yellow splotches in the barn, he looks rather pristine!
    07-25-2011, 10:10 AM
Yeah I looked at him yesterday before riding , (2nd ride; first since I bought him), and I was like darn I don't want to ride around on a dirty horse lol. Kind of like how I do with my vehicles. Anyway I didnt wash him I just saddled him up and rode. Can you use dishwashing liquid to wash a horse, or even car soap stuff or does it absolutely have to be horse shampoo stuff?
    07-25-2011, 11:05 AM
Never use dish soap on them. It strips the coat of its oils and can leave them with a severely dry coat which can make them flaky and itchy. I use Fiebing's shampoo and conditioner concentrate with Aloe to help their skin and coat. You can find it at Tractor Supply or buy it from any catalog. It works wonders and keeps their skin hydrated and soothed.
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