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post #1 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Cleaning the wet-muddy horse

Here is one of my shortest questions ever.

How do you guys clean a horse that is covered in wet mud, or a mix of wet and partially wet mud, when it's too cold to hose them off? Our mud is clay so it's really slick when wet, then dries hard. In the in-between stage it is nasty and sticky.

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post #2 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 08:55 PM
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I'm curious if others have a better method.

I start out with a old style metal round curry to get the big chunks out then use old towels. I have the Cowboy Magic waterless shampoo spray to use with it too.
It doesn't get them as clean as a bath but at least clean enough to saddle and not sore their back from mud under the saddle pad.
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post #3 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 09:05 PM
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I have never cleaned them wet, I wait until they are dry.

We also have clay/sand. When we first moved here Duke found the only mud pit to be had. He gave himself a mud bath not quite as bad as @weedlady ‘s horses did but he was covered - the day of the Christmas Parade, lollol

I let him dry, then took a metal curry to him as @COWCHICK77 suggested. I then took a stiff bristle brush and brushed him backward so I could use the shop vac to get up the deep bedded dirt.

It took me four hours to spit shine that horse. When I was done ruining my rotator cups, I sprayed Sho Coat or some such thing on him to get a better shine in his coat. Nobody could have guessed he never had a wet bath or that he had tried to wallpaper himself in mud earlier that day, lollol
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post #4 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 09:16 PM
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Don't know what you consider to cold. But I've hosed my horse off when 60 degrees out.

Covered in wet mud head to toe figured he was already wet, so hosed him off. Then saddled up after scrapping of excess water. He dryed as we rode.
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post #5 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 11:29 PM
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I'll knock off the extra large clumps, wait for it to dry then curry and brush. In the scheme of things it probably doesn't take any longer for the mud to dry than it does for the extra grooming you have to do if they're still wet and muddy.

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post #6 of 22 Old 03-09-2020, 11:37 PM
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Curry as well as I can with a metal curry, then wait for it to dry somewhat and get the rest out. Waterless shampoo might work also, I've never tried it though because where I live it's typically too cold to even have mud in the spring/winter, then it gets hot enough that it dries quickly. ;) You could try rubbing the horse down with an old towel or two to hurry the drying process as well.
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post #7 of 22 Old 03-10-2020, 08:07 AM
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We have an abundance of mud here in MS as well. And as @AnitaAnne once pointedly described, our mud dries as hard as concrete and needs to be chiseled off

So letting it dry in big sheets is not the best option, as the fur will come off with the mud while currying. So I use old bath towels to wipe off or dry most of the mud if I deem it too cold to hose my horse off... Then follow the routine with currying and a stiff brush... Before a ride I currently don't clean the legs, as everything is so muddy, that we slog through knee-deep mud and standing water most of the time anyway and the legs are covered in mud again. Irrespective the temperature (ok, not when freezing), I hose at least the legs off after the ride....
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post #8 of 22 Old 03-10-2020, 08:14 AM
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I break out my portable hot water heater tank and I bathe them, then scrape as much as I can off and then I throw a cooler and towels on them. Never had a problem doing it that way and if it's REALLY cold (as in OH NO the horse fell through the ice in the stock pond cold) then I add a blow dryer to the mix. And of course, lots of hay for the horse to nibble on while I do my thing.
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post #9 of 22 Old 03-10-2020, 10:26 AM
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I scrape what I can, then just wait for them to dry - I feel like there's no use in spreading wet mud around on them!
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post #10 of 22 Old 03-10-2020, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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OK, for those who are content to wait. What would you do if you got there for to ride and found your horse that way?

This happened to us yesterday, which is why I initially asked. My daughter had a lesson and I was going to do a fun riding activity on Pony and just let Tedd y graze. All three of them were just covered in mud. I used the sharp-edged side of my cheapo plastic curry comb to get off big chunks off Pony, then gave up. I didn't have to ride, so I just said forget it. We did the same plastic curry-comb on Moonshine, then got some towels and wiped off her saddle area. I guess we did a decent job, because the saddle pad wasn't very dirty when we took it off. But she wasn't as bad as Pony.

In the past, I have scraped, towel dried and waited for the horse to dry so I could get the rest of it, and this took hours. I always get there really early for my lessons anyway, but I still feel like I need some better plan. Maybe sponging them really well? But that wet mud only seems to come off with water pressure; seems like rubbing it with a towel or sponge just moves it around.

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