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    11-10-2008, 11:59 AM

I have been wanting to have a full out grooming session with my horse. I just want to bond with him and I haven't had a complete thorough groom session with him since I got him. I have an indoor wash rack and a barn that generally stays at 65 degrees when all horses are in. Can I wash him? I wouldn't take him outside, I have plenty of towels, he has a blanket. Its going to be 40 degrees tonight, but he is stalled indoors. Let me know what you think. Am I able to just wash is mane and tail? He does have a winter coat. I have no idea?? Please help
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    11-10-2008, 12:48 PM
Green Broke
I would suggest you not wash unless you have hot water, a fleece cooler for him, and time to let him dry.

Personally, once the fuzzy winter coats set in, I don't wash (except for sponging off when sweaty) until spring
    11-10-2008, 12:53 PM
To wash a horse in cold weather you spray (or sponge) him with warm water, quickly lather him up, rinse him with warm water (make sure you get all the soap residue out!), and scrape him off. Then you towel dry him and put the two coolers on. Clip them under his neck and under his belly. Every 15min or so reach under his coolers and towel dry him off a bit more (with dry towels!) until he is dry. You should use the least amount of water you need, so usually a sponge is better than a hose for winter bathing. I've heard of some people putting straw under the cooler to help the horse dry too, but I've never tried it. When the horse is dry put his winter blanket back on, if he is wearing one.
    11-10-2008, 01:04 PM
My cut off for full bath wash is around 60 degrees. If I do a full bath and it is cool out I will use a body scraper and wisk away everything I can and then use a towel and cooler to get her dry. I will always fully blanket after (hood, and blanket, leg wraps, etc...) It isnt too often that I need to wash when it is this cool out but it is MN and spring and fall shows can be chilly. My horses have never gotten sick or anything from it.
    11-10-2008, 03:16 PM
Thanks for the advice. It'll be with warm water and a warm barn. I have his blanket and lots of towels! I think he will be ok. What about blow dryers? No, bad idea??
    11-10-2008, 03:35 PM
^ I have used a blow dryer..make sure he's ok with the sound!!!!!!! And watch it just like if we held the blow dryer in on general place it will burn our heads....same with horses. I would blow dry then towel. But that is if you really want to use a blow dryer......everyone has nailed it though!
    11-10-2008, 04:10 PM
Hmmmm, washing the horse - I should give that a try some time LOL. My crew is dirty, dirty, dirty and they like it that way. I brush away the dirt where the saddle, pad and girth go, but that's about all!
    11-10-2008, 05:44 PM
Unless your horse is filthy, extremely sweaty, or you are showing - you really shouldn't need to bathe in the winter. I work with race horses so they really need a wash after running that fast for 2 minutes.

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