I am wondering if any of you have heard of this.
I read in a book somewhere that if you are putting a lot of miles on a horse that isn't isn't hardened up, to prevent saddle sores and sore muscles, to sponge their back with cold water after you pull your saddle off.
We did this on our long ride (we were putting at least 20 miles on every day, with no previous/lead up exercising). We didn't get any saddle sores and we made sure and kept a good eye on their backs.
Our routine was in the evening to pull the saddle off and sponge them off with cold water, rub liniment on their backs, let them eat their grain (oats, corn oil, with electrolytic mixed in) then feel them over for heat. We used the liniment for the first week and then ran out so then only did water.
Is this an old wives tale? Or does it actually do something?
We do this if we are starting a colt/riding an out of shape horse and put a several miles on in the summer as well.
Forgive the reins on the ground. Not sure why they were left like that. I do know better than to do that and don't let my reins hang. This is my sister.