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    04-13-2012, 05:54 AM
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Well, we finally got ourselves a horsefloat, so Mitch is going to go out more often.

Tomorrow there is a lowkey show where we will be competing in Thelwell horse (walk and trot class for those uncapable or unconfident to canter) - we CAN canter, just not with other horses just yet, Mitch is rather claustrophobic of others so we plan to get him used to them in the easiest way possible.

Now he is a naturally shiny horse, but he is dusty and dirty at the moment and it is far to cold to be bathing him! Or I would have done that tonight. He still is shiny, but I'm not liking the look of dust on him, and I brushed him for nearly two hours tonight.

The show starts at 10am tomorrow, and I will be up at 6am to milk the cows, so I will have time between 7.30am and 8.45am to spare in trying to get him as clean as I can.

-So, what do you do when it's too cold to bathe your horses? I had a furminator arrive today and it's flipping amazing, my dog went from dusty and dirty to shiny in about half an hour, but I'm not sure if that will work for Mitch.
ANY Ideas appreciated! If worst comes to worst well then I take a dusty horse, but that's ok, all I'm really taking him for is to have experience around other horses, I'm not aiming to win big or anything like that.
     
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    04-13-2012, 06:11 AM
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It may take a little elbow grease. :). Two options that I can think of. 1. Get a bottle of a waterless shampoo...this is a "shampoo" that you can spray on and wipe/rub with a towel. It won't get all of the dirt out but it helps..this is what I use in the winter time when I just can't stand the dirty coat anymore. If you can't find the waterless shampoo, use a towel with straight water. The idea is not to soak the coat down to the skin but just do a light sponge bath. For the second option, however, I would have a cooler and/or clean blanket or sheet available as the water version doesn't dry as fast as the waterless shampoo.
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    04-13-2012, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by tlkng1    
It may take a little elbow grease. :). Two options that I can think of. 1. Get a bottle of a waterless shampoo...this is a "shampoo" that you can spray on and wipe/rub with a towel. It won't get all of the dirt out but it helps..this is what I use in the winter time when I just can't stand the dirty coat anymore. If you can't find the waterless shampoo, use a towel with straight water. The idea is not to soak the coat down to the skin but just do a light sponge bath. For the second option, however, I would have a cooler and/or clean blanket or sheet available as the water version doesn't dry as fast as the waterless shampoo.
Cool thankyou, should I use warm water if I go for the second option? I have plenty of clean sheets etc and a nice polarfleece rug to go on top.
*Fingers crossed it's a warm morning anyway but I doubt it
     
    04-13-2012, 07:58 AM
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If it's really sunny with no wind, I *might* bathe at 65F. Otherwise I blanket the horse (with a cooler preferably to help wick the water) and uncover small areas at a time, which I clean with a towel and shampoo water, rinse, and pat dry. Uncover other areas, one at a time, and do the same. If the horse isn't super dirty, I just take the vacuum to him.
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    04-14-2012, 01:11 PM
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I just take the vacuum to him.
a vacuum? Didnt know you could vacuum a horse? Lol does it work to get rid of winter furr?
     
    04-14-2012, 06:58 PM
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Yearling
A vacume will get the dust out of the coat. IF the hair is loose enough and the vacume suction strong enough, it MIGHT help get rid of hair, but.....

As for water temp, regardless of the temps outside I always use warm water even when risning down after a hot summer ride. I find my horses react to it much better then getting soaked with cold water.
     
    04-14-2012, 11:54 PM
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a vacuum? Didnt know you could vacuum a horse? Lol does it work to get rid of winter furr?
It's an equine vacuum (over the shoulder style) and works great at getting up dirt and winter fur. Some people use a shop vac instead.
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    04-15-2012, 09:58 AM
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Green Broke
I love the vacuum!! The horse one is quieter but you can use a shop vac, it probably would also come in handy to suck the water off of him after a bath if its chilly! Also witch hazel spray on a rag will take off the dust. Just wipe over the areas. Lots cheaper then show sheen!
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    04-15-2012, 10:28 AM
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Showing
^ It's a vacuum powered by electricity; you shouldn't get it near water, let alone suck it off.
     
    04-15-2012, 10:35 AM
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Green Broke
... Isn't that the point of the shop vac?
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