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post #11 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 12:46 AM
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I guess I'll be the odd "man" out and say that my horse sees A LOT of water in the summer.

I generally bath him once a month or so, just because I feel like it [using gentle shampoo, however] and to really get all that flyspray/SWAT/sunscreen/etc residue off him. Last summer he got, maybe, 2 baths all summer. This spring/summer he's already had two [one in March, one in May].

I like to rinse this current horse of mine off every couple of days if it's been pretty hot. If it's 85*+ and he's clearly too hot [sweaty/mopey/whatever], I'll rinse him off no matter the last time I rinsed him.

My previous mare -elderly and immune-compromised- got rinsed nearly every day during the summer. Sometimes even twice a day if it was really hot. She never sweat[ed?] well and she would really overheat even if she stayed in her shed all day. She'd get confused and "weird" if she was too hot and regular rinsing would always bring her right back.

She got baths nearly every week, with "hypo-allergenic and soothing" shampoo. She would invariably rub her butt raw, literally raw, on something if I tried to skip her weekly bath. I never figured out exactly why, but a weekly bath solved whatever the issue was.




For me, it really depends on the horse.
My mare was always significantly more comfortable after a bath, so I stuck with her preferred weekly-bath schedule. My current gelding doesn't seem to care either way, so I just stick with bathing whenever I want to.
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post #12 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 06:23 AM
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I usually give my boy a really good bath with shampoo at the end of each month or if he had found some mud and gotten really bad! To clean his ears, nose and face I usually have a sponge to use.

I hose him off if he is sweaty after a work out (which more often then not he is) and then put a mesh rug on him for the flies.


Does anyone clean their horses teeth?
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post #13 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 09:49 AM
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I've only bathed Sonny , with a medicated tar shampoo for an icky case of oily *somethingorother skin condition that I dont remember the correct name for" twice within 2 weeks, several years ago. Other than that I have never washed him with a shampoo. I rinse the sweat off of him after riding in the warm/hot months.
A set of good, natural bristle brushes and a good soft rubber curry pulls the dirt up and off just fine, imho. He has a wonderful natural shine, and I think it's important not to strip out the natural oils.

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post #14 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 11:02 AM
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Rainsaisabella, I check my horses teeth quit often.
If there is things in between his front teeth like hay, I will use my fingers and remove it. other than that no
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post #15 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 11:08 AM
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Rainsaisabella, I check my horses teeth quit often.
If there is things in between his front teeth like hay, I will use my fingers and remove it. other than that no
Ah cool, I was just curious if anyone like brushed their teeth or something.
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post #16 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 07:07 PM
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I guess I'll be the odd "man" out and say that my horse sees A LOT of water in the summer.

I generally bath him once a month or so, just because I feel like it [using gentle shampoo, however] and to really get all that flyspray/SWAT/sunscreen/etc residue off him. Last summer he got, maybe, 2 baths all summer. This spring/summer he's already had two [one in March, one in May].

I like to rinse this current horse of mine off every couple of days if it's been pretty hot. If it's 85*+ and he's clearly too hot [sweaty/mopey/whatever], I'll rinse him off no matter the last time I rinsed him.

My previous mare -elderly and immune-compromised- got rinsed nearly every day during the summer. Sometimes even twice a day if it was really hot. She never sweat[ed?] well and she would really overheat even if she stayed in her shed all day. She'd get confused and "weird" if she was too hot and regular rinsing would always bring her right back.

She got baths nearly every week, with "hypo-allergenic and soothing" shampoo. She would invariably rub her butt raw, literally raw, on something if I tried to skip her weekly bath. I never figured out exactly why, but a weekly bath solved whatever the issue was.




For me, it really depends on the horse.
My mare was always significantly more comfortable after a bath, so I stuck with her preferred weekly-bath schedule. My current gelding doesn't seem to care either way, so I just stick with bathing whenever I want to.
Yes if your horse has issues it may need a medicinal type bath regularly.

Just wanted to add- I completely agree with hosing regularly.

Sweat is gross. Try not showering on a hot day..

While I don't bathe frequently or regularly I should of clarified. Horses get sponged or hosed depending on temperature/work/sweat. If it's hot enough they're sweating just standing there (or they're stupid and running around lol) they will get hosed as well.

On a hot day once or even twice a day is appropriate. I wouldn't "bathe" then but nothing wrong with hosing.
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post #17 of 17 Old 06-10-2015, 07:51 PM
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I usually one bathe with soap once or twice a year. I will house off after a ride if my horse has gotten sweaty though.
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