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post #1 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 02:37 PM Thread Starter
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Smile When do you think a horse is clean enough to ride?

Okay,keep in mind this is not about clean enough to show but just for riding!Alot of people think that they are clean enough to ride is "cowboy clean".I don't bathe my horse before I just go riding and I don't put shine,detangler,and I don't braid their manes or tails before just a ride.So,when do you think a horse is clean enough to ride?I think mine is when there's no mud or lots of loose dirt.I know some other people who bathe their horse and go the whole nine yards before just a ride.What do y'all think??

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post #2 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 03:01 PM
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They get brushed, and the mud taken off ( lots of care and attention to where the tack sits, both bridle, saddle and girth). Then they usually get a bath after the ride if I have the time, if not quick brush again. Although now in the winter ( its cold here) there's no mud on them, and all we do is go for a nice slow meander around the fields, no hard work, and then a nice cool down, and groom when we get back.
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post #3 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 03:23 PM
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I do a quick once over before I ride, mainly focusing where the tack goes. After a ride is when I do most of my vigorous grooming. Works out any sweat and is a thanks of sorts for a good ride.

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post #4 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 05:44 PM
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Agreed, all mud cleaned where tack will go and hooves picked. Those are two essentials in my opinion. If i have time I will detangle mane and tail but I usually wait until after I'm done to take care of those.
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post #5 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 06:50 PM
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Mud/dirt cleared from their body, belly & face, and then an absolute must is picked hooves. Not picking hooves before riding can be dangerous and can clue you in to issues- thrush, bruises, etc. I usually brush their legs & mane/tail as well.
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post #6 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 08:00 PM
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When my barn coat is dirty enough to wash after I groom my horse, he is ready to ride.
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post #7 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 08:07 PM
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In winter it is when he doesnt have any mud in his tack areas and his feet have been picked out.

In summer He ha a weekly bath and doesnt tend to be too filthy between baths! But I do make the effort to comb out his mane and have a quick scrub at any stable stains.

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post #8 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 08:08 PM
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Saddle, girth, underarm, and bridle area cleaned of dirt, as well as hooves cleaned out. If I'm riding with other people, I take a bit more pride in my mount's cleanliness
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post #9 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 08:31 PM
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Tip to tail brushed, eyes, ears and face washed with a cloth, mane and tail get conditioned and brushed daily, feet picked and under bell boots cleaned. Then ride, when off feet get checked, body gets a good curry and make sure they are clean and dry, then a shoe check for looseness and they get turned out. In the summer it's always a hose down after a ride as well.
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post #10 of 52 Old 12-04-2011, 08:48 PM
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spotless. tail with no shavings. hoof oil rubbed in. mane pulled and combed. all fetlock/bridle path/etc clipped. no mud. run over with rag. between the buttocks is squeaky clean as well. but if i am hacking around bareback just brush off saddle area and pick hoofs and off into the sunset we go! (then I go over my OCD checklist when I am done) same goes for tack. I don't bathe (my horses) every day but I do do that about once a month for spa day then touch up spots for shows on the weekends.
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