I got a new foster in and the poor guy is filthy. His coat is very oily/greasy feeling and he has minor rain rot starting, which I want to get rid of asap. My problem is, I can not, for the life of me, think of what we used to do to clean up a really nasty one in the dead of winter...
I do have access to a hot water wash room, but it's not heated. He is very hairy and I really don't want to have him that wet for that long and chance a chill on top of everything else. I was thinking more along the lines of one of those dry powder "shampoo" things? Chemicals though, yuck. What do you all think of maybe a few pounds of corm meal worked in and brushed out of his whole body. That sounds like a ton of work and I would almost be afraid he would try to eat the corn meal off of himself.
Poor guy just stands in front of the hay and slowly munches with his eyes closed and a very grateful look on his face. I'm not one to anthropomorphize them beyond reason, but you can clearly see him savoring every bite.
Any suggestions welcome.
PS. Yes, I know "This Thread Is Useless Without Pictures", but this is going to be a court case and I'm not suppose to say much about him until they see which way the trial is going to go. If I get to foster him for the duration I will collect pics and once the case is settled, I may be able to post them. He's such a sweet heart now, I'm looking forward to seeing the real horse come out when he gets to feeling better. They can really surprise you!
PSS. Sorry for the headaches my posts cause those of you who twitch at spelling, grammar and punctuation. I know I suck at it, but never have been able to get it right.
ETA: I guess this could have gone in "grooming" maybe? Sorry mods, please move as you see fit.