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    10-20-2010, 01:42 PM
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Green Broke
Bathing in "winter"???

Ok, so it's not technically winter yet, the days are sunny however the temps will be 11 degrees Celsius/51.8 degrees Fahrenheit. We have a show this weekend, and needless to say, owning a WHITE horse means I am not able to skip the bath - it may be a fun show, but I doubt a judge is going to overlook patches of brown staining.

I have no way to bathe her indoors, so my intention is to get several buckets of hot/warm water and do my best to ONLY scrub the stains. She's finally got a stall now, so she'll be blanketed and put inside after her "bath" to stay warm.

Does anybody have any tips on methods or products I can use to make this as non-invasive as possible with the chilly weather? Or even considerations I should be taking with putting her up afterwards to keep her nice and warm while she's damp? Thanks!
     
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    10-20-2010, 01:46 PM
  #2
Yearling
If its sunny... Id leave her tied in the sun till she dries.
I have appaloosas that are impossible to keep clean. And in the winter before shows need bathed. I bathe them as quick as possible, sweat scrape them, then walk them in the sun. Once they are about half way dry.... I throw their blanket on and put them in their stall.
     
    10-20-2010, 01:56 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Thanks! Are there any products I can use that are going to be more efficient at quick washing stains instead of just regular "white horse" shampoo?
     
    10-20-2010, 01:59 PM
  #4
Foal
Waterless horse shampoo, a few big clean towels and a shop vac.

Shop vac the entire body - this helps remove the dust and grime. It's not as good as a bath, but it's the best winter alternative I've found. Spray the remaining stains with the waterless shampoo (available at most tack stores) and rub against the hair with a clean towel.
     
    10-20-2010, 02:01 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
Have you ever used Cowboy Magic? It is very good at taking out those green/brown stains from a white horse. I agree, that walking her in the warm sun is better (and she'll dry faster from her own body heat)
     
    10-20-2010, 02:15 PM
  #6
Yearling
I use orvus. Its a very thick shampoo. I can give my horse a complete bath in about 10 mins. And they are sparkling white. A gallon of orvus here is like $20 and last like 6 months. And I bath 3 horses a week.
     
    10-20-2010, 02:23 PM
  #7
Green Broke
I do not have a shop vac and do not think I can obtain one either.

Maybe I can just spray paint her?
     
    10-20-2010, 04:33 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Back in the old days we used cheap old corn starch to get rid of grass and manure stains on white
     
    10-20-2010, 06:46 PM
  #9
Green Broke
Hey, somebody actually suggested that! Do you know HOW to use it? Like, just plain powdered corn starch or an actual water/corn starch mixture? One of my friends suggested it, but can't tell me HOW to use it, so I wasn't sure.
     
    10-20-2010, 08:43 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
Ok, so it's not technically winter yet, the days are sunny however the temps will be 11 degrees Celsius/51.8 degrees Fahrenheit. We have a show this weekend, and needless to say, owning a WHITE horse means I am not able to skip the bath - it may be a fun show, but I doubt a judge is going to overlook patches of brown staining.
that is ppositively warm!!! Infact early morning bathing in summer in the UK is normaly done in temps of less then that.

If you are very concerned the strip bath her. Basicly soap her head, rinse her head, soap her neck rinse her neck put a rug overher neck, soap her shouders and back, rinse, put a rug over it, soap her hind quarters rinse and then put a rug over it.
After that I would lunge her in her rug to keep her warm and help her dry off.
Then wash her legs and tail.
     

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