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post #1 of 12 Old 05-20-2010, 11:42 AM Thread Starter
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Tips for complicated 'SUPER BATH' session

So I have a 15 yo Grey Arabian who is basically White. She prob hasnt had an actual bath in years. I've only had her 3 or 4 months and its just now actually hot enough to give a full out bath...I got to hose her down once then spent hours brushing...she came out very clean but it was no use...she is a mess again.

I want to get a whitening shampoo for her main and tail which currently have a yellow hew to them...I figure Ill use some sort of cheap human shampoo on the rest of her since she doesn't have any real stains...just lots of dirt and dust.

My issue is that While I can hold her lead rope and hose her down by myself she doesn't ground-tie (yet) and I don't have a hitching rail to tie her to while bathing and she wont be still if im not holding her. She likes the water so that makes it easier on me and she has settled down a lot since I've been seeing her and messing with her but Im going to need help.

Issue is not having anyone to hold her for an hour or so while I bathe her. Any ideas of other more natural things to tie to?


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post #2 of 12 Old 05-20-2010, 11:59 AM
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Well you want to make sure what you tie her to is high enough like a branch that can't slip down the trunk not to high she gets ropes around her head- tricky I know. I always use bale twine to do a quick release knot to, just incase he were to pull back and I couldn't get the quick knot out at least the twine snaps and its not a tug of war with a tree or other hitching post. One of my guys who hates baths gets a wheelbarrow full of hay to munch on while being bathed he's happy and I am happy he isn't moving:)
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I can't really advise what to tie to - so many things are a safety issue. I don't have a hitching post on my property (yet) when I bathe, I tie to my basketball hoop (set in concrete) on my concrete drive. The main thing is finding something safe, the horse can't pull up and drag (like a fencepost), or hurt themselves on.

As far as the bathing, on my mostly white horse I like quiksilver. It works better than anything else I've tried. I also spray all my horses down heavily with showsheen as they are drying, to repel stains and make future dirt come off easier, works a charm but beware of riding bareback too soon after that *lol*


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One of my guys who hates baths gets a wheelbarrow full of hay to munch on while being bathed he's happy and I am happy he isn't moving:)
I think this is a great idea.
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works a charm but beware of riding bareback too soon after that *lol*
lol. I learned this in the school of HK.
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-20-2010, 01:31 PM
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Yes I agree show sheen is a favorite and Quick silver products are awesome for the grey/white horses. It is blue and the blue helps protect against yellowish hues. Its (blue shampoo not Quick silver although my Mom wants to try it (81) what Older ladies use to help keep their hair white and not yellow. Yellow concealer also works to cover blue circles under the eyes! I need it today!!!!!
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Thanks for the tips guys! I think I might actually be able to do something with that baling string tip...I know a good tree I can get a hose to lol...I might be able to hang a hay bag on the tree too...

And I think Ill buys some quick silver when I get the chance...Ive used the quick black and I like it...the darn stuff is just so expensive lol (laughs at how she complains about shampoo cost) but yea...Im going to get some....


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As far as the bathing, on my mostly white horse I like quiksilver.

Love, love, love quic silver. I use it on my paint and it really makes him white again. This is from after his bath today, and he'd rolled in the mud earlier as well.
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post #9 of 12 Old 05-27-2010, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Oh...very white lol...perhaps I will use some quick silver all over mine for this first bath...

I was needing one more tip though...Miss Bause can sometimes be touchy about her face...has to do with her previous handling...she isnt head shy its just that sometimes she could care less if you touch her face and head others she jerks her head away and wont let you pet it...none the less she is fine with a halter on but I just don't see her taking kindly to getting sprayed in the face yet with a hose...I don't plan on making this first bath a training session either...I just want her clean...

Do you think a sponge would do the trick for washing her face?


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Oh...very white lol...perhaps I will use some quick silver all over mine for this first bath...

I was needing one more tip though...Miss Bause can sometimes be touchy about her face...has to do with her previous handling...she isnt head shy its just that sometimes she could care less if you touch her face and head others she jerks her head away and wont let you pet it...none the less she is fine with a halter on but I just don't see her taking kindly to getting sprayed in the face yet with a hose...I don't plan on making this first bath a training session either...I just want her clean...

Do you think a sponge would do the trick for washing her face?
Even horses that are good about having their face handled don't take kindly to being sprayed in the face. A washcloth or sponge in a bucket of water is your best bet.


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