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    07-25-2011, 10:47 AM
  #11
Green Broke
Claymore has a lot of white. In the warmer part of the year I have to bathe him quite a bit. He likes his green stains. :roll: I usually try to bathe no more often then every four weeks, sometimes I can go longer, but it doesn't always work that way. I do use a spot cleaner when I can get away with it. I usually use a whitener shampoo on him, hand graze him while he dries, and once he is dry I coat him down really heavy, head-to-toe, with show sheen to try to repel dirt and staining as much as possible in between baths, that does help a lot.

I have a black and white mare I have to bathe just her back legs, at least once (and preferably twice) a week. But that is because she pees on herself - I would rather face skin stripped of oils than fly attraction and skin infection risks of pee-soaked legs on a horse.
     
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    07-25-2011, 11:10 AM
  #12
Green Broke
I have a gray mare (nearly white- the horse in my avatar) and it seems like her dirtiness depends on the length of her coat. In winter she looks like an old sock no matter what I do (I don't bath them in the winter). And in the summer her coat is pretty slick and short and she really doesn't need bathing. So she only gets maybe one bath a year. But I don't show or anything, so basically I brush her off and she's good to go.
     
    07-25-2011, 12:43 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by TheMadHatter    
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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I have actually found that Ivory dish soap doesn't dry out my gelding's skin. I know a lot of people in the hunter world that will use it to remove stains and get socks to a dazzling white. It works miracles on stains, which is the only thing I use it for. I use a whitening shampoo to wash his whole body. Also to get the yellow out of his tail, I will wash it with whitening shampoo, rinse it, then let it soak in white vinnegar for a couple minutes, wash that out, then condition it. He has a snow white tail every time.
     
    07-25-2011, 02:21 PM
  #14
Weanling
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Originally Posted by countercanter    
I have actually found that Ivory dish soap doesn't dry out my gelding's skin. I know a lot of people in the hunter world that will use it to remove stains and get socks to a dazzling white. It works miracles on stains, which is the only thing I use it for. I use a whitening shampoo to wash his whole body. Also to get the yellow out of his tail, I will wash it with whitening shampoo, rinse it, then let it soak in white vinnegar for a couple minutes, wash that out, then condition it. He has a snow white tail every time.
how would you wash the tail? Would you just take the sponge and try and baste it or best to use a spray bottle?
     
    07-25-2011, 02:48 PM
  #15
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
how would you wash the tail? Would you just take the sponge and try and baste it or best to use a spray bottle?
You can put a tiny bit of soap in a bucket and fill it up with water. Then, you can take the bucket, put the horse's tail in it and lift the bucket. Be careful as to not go too high because some horses really don't like the water on their tail bone. After using your hand and swirling the tail around a little with your hand, put the bucket off to the side and just rinse it out with a hose.
     
    07-25-2011, 02:55 PM
  #16
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Arksly    
You can put a tiny bit of soap in a bucket and fill it up with water. Then, you can take the bucket, put the horse's tail in it and lift the bucket. Be careful as to not go too high because some horses really don't like the water on their tail bone. After using your hand and swirling the tail around a little with your hand, put the bucket off to the side and just rinse it out with a hose.
for a horse with a full tail, would it take a 5 gallon bucket? I used a car washing bucket/ pale to wash him the few times I did. I'm thinking the whole tail might not get in it lol. Too long
     
    07-25-2011, 04:06 PM
  #17
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nyg052003    
for a horse with a full tail, would it take a 5 gallon bucket? I used a car washing bucket/ pale to wash him the few times I did. I'm thinking the whole tail might not get in it lol. Too long

I've had no problems with just a regular bucket like this one:


Sometimes you have to kind of coil it in. It can get a bit tricky but I clean Jesse's tail like this every time. In this picture it just finished raining so please excuse his messy-ness.
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    07-25-2011, 05:30 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I bathe my pinto about once a month. I wash her mane and tail every two weeks. Her mane is half white and looks terrible when it gets stained gray with dust.
     
    07-25-2011, 05:36 PM
  #19
Showing
I bathe once every 2 weeks to get all of the sweat off of him. Sometimes I'll hose him down if we've had a hard ride or he's got some new love bites from his pasture pals.. :P

But he's 90% white and he stays very clean. I always get compliments. Though I do brush him twice a day..
     
    07-25-2011, 09:51 PM
  #20
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
I bathe my pinto about once a month. I wash her mane and tail every two weeks. Her mane is half white and looks terrible when it gets stained gray with dust.
do you wash the mane the same way you would do the tail?
     

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