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post #1 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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Question Washing my horses

After riding my horses for about 2 to 3 hours, is it unsafe to wet them down?
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 12:51 PM
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not sure why you would think that? what temp is outside? I would always walk a horse quite a while after such a long ride and perhaps use something like vetrolin on them and of course unless its cold they would benefit from a nice spray off
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 12:54 PM
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I sometimes rinse my horses off after a long ride. I think you want to cool them out a bit before you spray them. I think that cold water on hot muscles could cause cramps or something.
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post #5 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 01:03 PM
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walk them by cooling them down until they aren't sweating as much then start with their legs hose them for a few minutes and then move to the rest of the body. I always use sweating breathing and nose flaring as my guide. As these decrease I move from legs to the other parts of the body. Just hosing them off with no cool down can be bad for them (at least that is what I was told many moons ago)
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well def want to walk them out for quite a while after a long ride, If out on the trail we start walking about 30 mins from home and then walk them out after we get off and then hose, and yes legs first and then the rest....but I would hate to put a sweaty horse away w/o hosing, here in florida I usually hose my horse after every ride no matter how light, they can sweat just standing in the pasture in the summer, so every chance to cool them down I take it.
and I love vetrolin, love the smell
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 05:10 PM
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what's vetrolin??? never heard of it

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post #8 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 05:39 PM
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i would think as long as the temperature (of the air and the water) is warm enough it would not only be safe but beneficial to hose them down! I always hose my horses off after a ride if they're sweaty (when it's warm of course). Sweat makes their coat crusty and itchy.

Vetrolin is a type of linimint. Soothes muscles and joints after a hard ride.
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post #9 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 09:37 PM
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The whole "hosing hot horses with cold water can shock their system and cause cramps" is an old wives tale. There have been many studies in Equus & The Horse showing that the best and most effective way to cool hot horses is with really cold water.

After our horses come off of their cross country runs in the summer months they have ice water sponged/poured on them to get their core temp down.

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post #10 of 10 Old 06-04-2009, 10:46 PM
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I hose mine down all the time after I ride as long as it's still warm and they have enough time to dry before it cools off. As long as there not hot and breathing hard there's no problem.

I've seen people come off of cross country courses and have buckets of ice to cool there horses down faster.
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