Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
My boys are just at a small "back yard"ish kind of barn, so no luxury of a wash stall. If you want your horse to be clean where we're at - the good 'ol hose and lead rope come out and you get to chase your often unwilling mount around in circles with a short hose, with less than adequate water pressure. And did I mention I live in Canada? So baths are usually only done in the summer/early fall :p
Normally, I get all the big hunks of muck and dirt off - normally with some elbow grease and a plastic curry comb - and then I'll rinse the brush out with warm water, dry it off and do the rest of the body, legs, neck, etc. Basically whatever parts that weren't covered in gunk. But I pay special attention to where the tack sits with the curry comb.
Then comes the body brush, go all over the body - again paying special attention to the tack areas. And then the feet get picked out.
If I decide to use leg wraps instead of boots (the insides of the boots are cleaned after every use, so they're stick on and go), I'll brush down the legs again before I wrap.
... holy crap I never realized how much work goes into horseback riding, before the actual riding even comes into play! :p
A horse is the projection of peoples' dreams about themselves - strong, powerful, beautiful - and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.