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        04-02-2013, 02:23 PM
    Hmmm...I must be an oddity in the horse world. Except for cleaning a cut or scrape, none of our mares has ever had any soap product on them....
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        04-02-2013, 02:44 PM
    In the summer time I rinse my horse off everyday later in the evening when it cools off a bit. Then once he dries I put on a coat sunscreen, then his fly spray then I put on his fly sheet. Everyday. It keeps him shiny, keeps his bay coat from bleaching out, and a cool rise off, to me, seams a great way to end a day.

    I will give him a bath with soap once every two weeks, that just gets rid of the dirt that got under his fly sheet.

    I have never had a problem with his skin getting dry. I do use Mane n Tail on his mane and tail, I know you can use it on the body but I use baby soap on his body, legs, and face. If I am going to a show, I will use Mane N Tail on his body and whiting shampoo on his socks.

        04-02-2013, 03:01 PM
    I don't bathe often, unless theres a horse show in the summer time, my horse is allergic to most soaps so he mainly just gets a hose down. If it's a super hot day then I will cool them off with a hose down as well.
        04-02-2013, 03:45 PM
    I do as Speed Racer; bathe infrequently but hose off often.
        04-02-2013, 09:12 PM
    All animals and foods have natural protective bacteria. Humans shouldn't be bathing daily. They need the bacteria and so do all the other creatures.
        04-02-2013, 09:26 PM
    I give my horses bathes once in every 4-5 months. Other then that, I clean her with brushes. But she gets to that stage where you just can't clean her with brushes anymore. But my friend LOVES bathing her horse. She does it almost every week. Then she drenches him in coat softener. I don't particularly agree with this, but he is in very good health, so I'm not to concerned. But the amounts I bathe my horse I really don't think it matters to much. In the summer I hose my horse off often then let her in the field to dry, she loves that. Keeps her nice and cool, and gets rid of any dirt from after riding
        04-02-2013, 09:36 PM
    I don't use soap that often on my horse because she is black. If she were white, then I would use soap.

    Not bathing or washing your own hair is yucky. I do not wish to smell like vinegar, and I do not want excess bacteria (which stinks) on my skin. If that goes against nature, it will just have to. Soap. Shampoo. Conditioner. Deodorant. Perfume. These are good things.
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        04-02-2013, 09:56 PM
    If they stink, give them a bath. If they rolled in their own pee or someone elses, give them a bath.

    Never had a problem drying out/destroying coats...even when we've had to do said things to my big idiot long furred Maine Coon. Now THAT was an adventure ;)
        04-02-2013, 10:01 PM
    Green Broke
    When I was little my Mom would rinse my hair with lemon water. I don't know if it did anything, but I loved the taste of it. But lemon is acidic like vinegar, right? So maybe the theory behind it is the same?
        04-02-2013, 10:15 PM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    just don't put the baking soda and vinegar on at the same time!

    Do you recall grade school Science Fairs? The amazing baking soda and vinegar volcano?
    That actually sounds funny as heck!
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