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    03-09-2012, 10:55 AM
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Too Cold To Bathe?

I want to give my horse a complete bath. It will be 65 and sunny about a week from now, and I was wondering if that was still too cold for the conditions at the barn.
It is a heated barn, with heated running water. Indoor arena. I do not think I have a cooler, so I am wondering if 65 is too cold. If so, how should I dry? Thanks.
     
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    03-09-2012, 10:59 AM
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Showing
When you bathe a horse you wash away the protective waxy dander that helps keep them waterproof. Why not vacuum your horse instead. If you hold the lead, most don't mind.
     
    03-09-2012, 11:06 AM
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Green Broke
If you have heated water in a heated barn I don't see a problem. Coolers are cheap by the way I got mine for $25 at State Line Tack. I wish we had heated water my white girl would get a bath immediately. As far as drying use a sweat scraper and towels for the majority.
     
    03-09-2012, 11:09 AM
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Originally Posted by MooseDragon    
I want to give my horse a complete bath. It will be 65 and sunny about a week from now, and I was wondering if that was still too cold for the conditions at the barn.
It is a heated barn, with heated running water. Indoor arena. I do not think I have a cooler, so I am wondering if 65 is too cold. If so, how should I dry? Thanks.
Blimey! If you were in the UK you'd be running around dancing because it was the height of summer.

That's not too cold ;)
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    03-09-2012, 11:17 AM
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Green Broke
The rule of thumb is that if it's warm enough to be outside in a short sleeved shirt, you can bathe your horse.

It was in the 80s here yesterday, and Sunny got her first rinse of the year!
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    03-09-2012, 11:24 AM
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65F is too cold in my book to bathe outside with cold water, but if you need to bathe inside and you do have hot water, I don't see a problem. Consider what Saddlebag said; it may be something to think about if your horse isn't sheeted when outside.
     
    03-09-2012, 01:17 PM
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Foal
The horse is outdoors 24/7, but she does have a winter blanket. I might go and try to find a cooler... I saw one for $50 at my closest equine store. It was a polar fleece stable blanket. Is that a cooler? Would it work like one?
     
    03-09-2012, 01:30 PM
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Originally Posted by hoopla    
Blimey! If you were in the UK you'd be running around dancing because it was the height of summer.

That's not too cold ;)
If anyone knows Minnesota, then 65 farenheight IS like summer! Lol! But we do get well into the 90's in real summer...
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    03-09-2012, 01:34 PM
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Green Broke
Do not put a winter blanket on a wet horse. But if you dry her off very well before putting her back outside I really do not see how that would be a problem if it is actually 65 and sunny. I would advise against putting anything fleece on a horse in turnout because everything will stick to it when they roll and right now that will mean all the mud/manure mix, icky.
     
    03-09-2012, 02:08 PM
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If you do bathe your horse I can guarantee that it will roll and roll the moment you let it loose.
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