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LetAGrlShowU 11-03-2011 01:18 PM

When is too cold to bathe
My white/grey gelding is now palomino thanks to our red clay. When it is considered too cold to bathe? I dont have hot water, and the bathing area is a decent amount away from his stall- though icould put him in there after. It usually takes me 30 min to really get him white. Its been in the 50-60s during the day and 30s at night.

.Delete. 11-03-2011 01:20 PM

I always body clipped my grey right before it got too cold to bathe that way it was easier for me to keep him clean an use showsheen or whatever to get the stains out.
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SEAmom 11-03-2011 01:35 PM

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Depends on the weather. If it's windy and/or cloudy, then I wouldn't do it below 60 unless you are very quick and have multiple coolers and/or a bucket heater. I've given baths in as low as mid 30s for shows on body clipped horses. I wouldn't do it on a non-clipped horse, though. I gave mine a quick rinse on the front half of his body over the weekend and it was 63, sunny, no clouds, and only a slight breeze. I wouldn't do out below that or in less ideal conditions than what I had.
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HorseyyGal 11-03-2011 01:41 PM

We bath horses at the yard throughout the year, but we always pop a cooler/sweat rug on them. Then throw on a stable rug once they've dried up :)

LetAGrlShowU 11-03-2011 02:07 PM

he is not clipped. and i guess i need to buy a cooler. I tried to bathe him right before it got cold out, but ... i let him dry... went in the house, came back out and he rolled in the mud! 30 minutes it took me to scrub him 3 times with whitening shampoo.

raisinandelana 11-03-2011 02:18 PM

I can totally relate! Thinking about buying a clipper :O

Saddlebag 11-03-2011 02:24 PM

Unless you have a show in the very near future, does it really matter if he's a different color? Bathing strips the natural oils making him less rain repellant.

LetAGrlShowU 11-03-2011 02:34 PM

he looks feral, lol. He just has this, dingy, im a homeless fat pony look to him. Doesnt help that i havent clipepd him bridle path and he has a major mohawk going on. Poor pony.

SEAmom 11-03-2011 02:45 PM

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I body clip mine in the winter so he dries faster after he gets sweaty from being worked. Mine gets very hairy and it can take an hour or longer for him to dry. My friend clips one of hers for the same reason.
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HorseyGirl814 11-03-2011 02:59 PM

My rule of thumb is, if the temperature is 20+ celcius then it's fine to bathe.

If it's more like 15-20 celcius then I use a cooler to help them dry faster.

If it's more like 10-15 celcius and not sunny I probably wouldn't bathe, maybe a quick rinse on the saddle area after a heavy ride, and use a cooler.

If it's 10 celcius and below I wouldn't.

I find, also, to help a horse dry faster, to lunge them after you bathe/rinse. Basically if you're not comfortable naked and wet outside your horse probably isn't either!!

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