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        03-09-2012, 01:29 PM
      #11
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    If you do bathe your horse I can guarantee that it will roll and roll the moment you let it loose.

    Haha that's pretty much the rule kinda like how the white/gray ones tend to get the muddiest.

    But seeing as how it is very very muddy out here now I would probably wait to bathe until it dried up a bit. I don't know where in MN you are located but I am in the far east twin cities metro and our pasture is basically a lake right now. You can see where my girl's blanket is as everywhere the blanket isn't is the wonderful color of mud.
         
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        03-09-2012, 01:56 PM
      #12
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by poppy1356    
    Haha that's pretty much the rule kinda like how the white/gray ones tend to get the muddiest.

    But seeing as how it is very very muddy out here now I would probably wait to bathe until it dried up a bit. I don't know where in MN you are located but I am in the far east twin cities metro and our pasture is basically a lake right now. You can see where my girl's blanket is as everywhere the blanket isn't is the wonderful color of mud.
    Yeah I live sorta around the south of the cities... It is really wet out. Oh and she would have the fleece on inside only, and I would not allow her to roll inside.
         
        03-09-2012, 02:01 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I say go for it then if you want to and wont be disappointed when she's dirty by the next day. If I had a heated barn and heated water my mare would have gotton a bath a long time ago. Nothing wrong with getting them all clean once in awhile.
         
        03-09-2012, 03:10 PM
      #14
    Foal
    That's what I wanted to do... Not cleaning for any special reason, just trying mostly to help shed out a winter coat and get the whites under her blanket whiter for summer. I am not sure if I will have the cooler by the time I bathe though, but I think she will be okay. I will just try to dry her as much as I can. Then again, don't they get damp anyways in the winter without a blanket?? So she shouldn't get a chill because it is still somewhat natural... Alright. If anything, I will just wash her tail and legs.
         
        03-09-2012, 03:12 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
    Hair dryer maybe
         
        03-09-2012, 03:12 PM
      #16
    Foal
    It is nice to have someone from MN to talk to though! No one else really understands what weather is like here! Its not the arctic people, but it definitely isn't a desert either! I am excited for it to warm up though!!
         
        03-09-2012, 03:16 PM
      #17
    Green Broke
    Oh I know, and this winter has been sooooo strange. But I am not complaining about our lack of snow it has been rather nice. I will be glad once spring is almost over once all the mud dries up. It is seriously dangerous out here, we have patches of ice then a mud pit then ice again, my girl tip toes around now
         
        03-09-2012, 03:30 PM
      #18
    Green Broke
    Not mine, Saddlebag. I've had Sun for over two years and I've never, ever seen her roll except in a pond. Never on the ground. Neither has anyone at the barn.

    She loves to lay down and I've seen her laying down countless times. But never roll.

    She's a strange one! And a clean one.
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        03-10-2012, 11:28 PM
      #19
    Weanling
    I bathe my horse as soon as it hits 65 or higher and I'm a meanie because I don't have heated water. I do it in the warmest part of the afternoon so I know he's good and dry before dark. And YES he does go roll as soon as I let him go (after he's dry) but I'm not bathing him to make him shiny. He gets super itchy in the spring and seems to love a good scrub down with an oatmeal and coconut oil shampoo.
         
        03-11-2012, 05:16 AM
      #20
    Banned
    It's 6c or 42 f. So its got much warmer because we're approaching spring.

    My horses are all unruuged and trust me, yours won't come to any harm if it's bathed with the temperature you have.

    If you're an over nervous owner and you're doing it puely to help her shed, then turn out after. She'll roll and that will get more hair out.

    Or if stabled, use a traditional hay thatch under a wool rug to wick moisture away for an hour and then rug off to let her dry.
         

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