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        07-25-2011, 10:18 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by nyg052003    
    do you wash the mane the same way you would do the tail?


    Pretty much! I get a small bucket and squirt in half Mane n' Tail shampoo and half Olive Oil Sheen shampoo. Mix that together with warm water until sudsy and pour it over the mane and tail. Work it into the hair (sometimes you need to add some straight shampoo to the tail, if it's thick). Add conditioner (without washing the shampoo out). Wait 10 minutes before rinsing.
         
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        07-25-2011, 10:25 PM
      #22
    Weanling
    Ok what about washing during the winter months?
         
        07-25-2011, 10:43 PM
      #23
    Green Broke
    I'm from Georgia. We don't get "winter". Rarely is there more than a month of cold severe enough to prevent bathing. You'll have to talk to someone else about that particular obstacle. I'm sure someone has some rules of thumb regarding bathing in colder times.
         
        07-26-2011, 12:36 AM
      #24
    Foal
    I'm from AL and I don't bathe my boys if it gets below 70 degrees. Usually I stop bathing around the middle of December and don't start up again until the middle of April. I like to use Bath In A Bottle for winter stains. It smells wonderful! And requires no water. If bathed in cold water in cold weather, they can get sick, not to mention it makes them miserable. I wouldn't want a shower in January with cold water!! Lol ;) usually my boys stay blanketed in the winter so they stay pretty clean, but nothing beats that first bath of the year! During cold weather, I would just suggest using a metal curry comb (gently) to remove mud and dirt and a horsehair brush to flick away dust and debris. If he stays in a heated barn and you can bathe him in warm water then you could do a thorough spot wash, but I wouldn't suggest any drenching baths once the temp started falling.
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        07-26-2011, 05:33 PM
      #25
    Started
    My grey boy I don't bathe in the winter. Just alot of brushing. If people are coming to the barn and I ride him for them I spot bathe him with warm water. During the summer he gets hosed down a few times a day but I give him a real bath once a month. The other grey horses I ride I don't bathe unless I show lol.
         
        07-26-2011, 05:43 PM
      #26
    Yearling
    Hey I own a grey who like every other grey I've ever met rolls in mud/crap every chance they get. I bathe him once a week at MOST, never more than once a week. If he's filthy I just brush him well or spray the spot with a hose. I know one woman with a grey I swear she bathes her horse every day before and sometimes even after she rides. It's like she wants to strip it bald or something. She can't accept that her horse is a grey, he's not going to be sparkling clean 24/7!
         
        07-26-2011, 06:28 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by nyg052003    
    ok what about washing during the winter months?
    I live in a place that has cold winters, so in the winter I don't bathe, period. I just try to grin and bear it, even though it makes me crazy when he has big old nasty stains. I will occasionally spot clean with a dry shampoo (cowboy magic spot remover is pretty good for manure stains) or at most a sponge and bucket of soapy hot water (just on small spots, again not all over) and then blow dry with my air force dryer, but that's the most I will do in winter months, it's just too cold for anything else.
         
        07-26-2011, 07:26 PM
      #28
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by nyg052003    
    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
    For our almost all white tovero Paint mare, never. She's dirty again in 5 minutes, so it's pointless. We just wait until it's been dry for 4-5 days, go out and brush her off, and she's all white and beautiful until it rains.
         
        07-27-2011, 02:38 PM
      #29
    Yearling
    Two of my horses have lots of white, and one has none. I hardly ever give them a bath, and they usually keep clean unless they go in the pasture that is really swampy. I would not wash a horse's coat that often, as it removes the natural oils as the others said.

    If anything I would brush the horse every day or so if there are bigger pieces of dirt it would be better for them. Sure, they might still be stained but it isn't good for them to get a bath very often. I have an Appy and a Paint, so there is alot of white. If you don't like riding a dirty horse, well, then don't ride horses. It is just natural for them to want to have the oils in their coat, and it isn't as nice for horses as it is for people to feel "clean". Some horses are peculiar and stay clean always, others just can't stand it. I am constantly brushing my horses. They love it, and it helps keep them somewhat clean.
         
        07-27-2011, 02:57 PM
      #30
    Showing
    I normally don't bathe my gray horse unless I really need him to be sparkling for some reason like a parade or rodeo or some other public appearance. If he gets all muddy (which is a rare thing for him even when we do get rain), I just curry it off and then give him a good brushing before my ride. If he is really sweaty after a day's work, I will give him a rinse just to get the sweat off but that's it. The last real bath he got was last August for the parade here.
         

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