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    03-02-2009, 07:14 PM
  #1
Weanling
Wet Legs

A couple if my friends hose their horses legs off whenever they ride (they don't use sport boots or wraps either). And I'm just curious. What is the benefit of hosing a horse's legs off? Is it just to keep them clean or can it help the ligaments somehow in the legs?
     
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    03-02-2009, 07:25 PM
  #2
Weanling
Do they do it before or after they ride? And do they do it all of the time or just during the warmer months? I rinse my horses' legs off in the spring/summer after we ride just because its hot and it helps cool them down a bit. But that's the only reason I can really think of.....
     
    03-02-2009, 07:32 PM
  #3
Weanling
They do it after they ride. And its normally on sunnier days.
     
    03-02-2009, 07:46 PM
  #4
Showing
I guess it's maybe to hydrate them a bit? Keep them cooler? I only do it in the summer on those hot days, after a ride.
     
    03-02-2009, 07:55 PM
  #5
Foal
I do it after I ride in the warmer months, especially after a strenuous session. It helps cool and soothe the legs down.
     
    03-03-2009, 12:21 AM
  #6
Weanling
I would probably say they do it to cool down and soothe. If they're doing it after a ride on warm days. That's what I do. I would bet that's why.
     
    03-05-2009, 04:24 PM
  #7
mls
Trained
Just their legs?
     
    03-05-2009, 10:02 PM
  #8
Started
It might be a way of protecting the legs from inflammation after strenous activity. Do these horses do a lot of jumping/cross country or intense training? Sometimes legs will become inflammed afterwards if something isn't applied. The water would definitely help keep away any swelling after a hard ride. That's why you'll see some riders using poultices after jumping.
     

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