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post #1 of 6 Old 12-16-2012, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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So if your horse is wet....

Was discussing this with my daughter today... since it is cold and rainy here... we didnt ride but did bring the boys into the barn for a little TLC. I was gonna groom my boy ( who was soaked...) but my daughter pointed out that if I were to brush him it would flatten down the hair, and she thought that would be colder than leaving him filthy. It makes sense to me. What do YOU do, grooming wise, when you have a soaking wet horse? ( they are pasture boarded, so would be going back out in the elements after we got done fussing with them...) Personally I think he was just as happy wet and muddy... it is just the mom in me that had the urge to clean him up... ( and he would have just rolled anyhow...) So do you think they would be colder if they were brushed? Just curious...
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-16-2012, 09:46 PM
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Your daughter is absolutely correct in her reasoning why you shouldnt brush a wet horse.

I dont brush horses that are wet for that exact reason. If i need to, ill bring them into the barn, stall them and let them dry on their own. Then do any grooming.

If they are just damp, i will towel them if i really needed to. Usually there is no need though.
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I like to leave them as is. Yes, leaving them be when wet does make sense if they're going right back out. Brushing would flatten the hair, bringing it closer to the skin and not only causing the wet hair to contact the skin, but eliminating the "raincoat" they would have from the weather by not allowing the under coat to hold heat and the guard hairs to stand up and away from the body.
Mud is ok in that in creates a shield on top of the guard hairs.

Unless clipped for show, or blanketed, nature will take care of them.
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 01:08 AM
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Sometimes I will use a wicking cooler and also stick some hay up under it and leave it for awhile. I think it helps. But daughter is right by not brushing it out. I will also use a towel on the legs and head to dry it off a bit.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-17-2012, 01:38 AM
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Yep. Don't brush them unless you will keep them in til they dry. Those little "V"s that the guard hairs form when wet and clumped together ? They point downward and form a point from which the rain runs down and drips off of, keeping the under hairs dry.

Our horses (meaning the ones at the barn where I ride) live outdoors ALL the time. they are often wet. that's why I don't worry too much when we come back from a trail ride and the horse's are sweaty. I will put a wool cooler over them when I take the saddle off, but since it's often raining by that time, anyway, I cannot dry them, only cool them out slowly.
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I am certainly happy that I only have to pick out the feet. :) I don't groom a wet horse unless I simply have to ride, ie lesson scheduled.
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