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post #11 of 14 Old 12-05-2015, 07:04 PM
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Last year i absolutely had to wash Phoenix during the winter, he smelled like he'd rolled in several dead animals, he was so bad i could smell him from 3 stalls away yuck! I got some warm water, gave him a quick rub down with a wet sponge and covered him with his cooler; i have 2 so changed them out after about 15 minutes. after he was dry i added some of that dry shampoo to his coat before brushing him out, mostly to make him smell a bit better.

I actually plan on washing him tomorrow too, he was caked in dry mud which i suspect is mostly poo today so tomorrow he's getting a wash. This year he's getting a lite turnout sheet to keep him cleaner and when it gets colder is getting clipped with a heavier turnout, no more smelling like a corpse.
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post #12 of 14 Old 12-05-2015, 07:29 PM
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I wouldn't worry too much about hosing off the lower legs if they are caked in mud. if it is warm enough for that much mud, getting the lower leg wet should be fine.
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post #13 of 14 Old 12-08-2015, 02:14 PM
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I don't generally bathe my horses once it gets below 50 degrees but I do know that it is common in racing barns.

When I worked in a Standardbred barn, every single horse got a quick hosing (no soap) off (outside!) and scraped after each jogging session. Then quickly back into full blankets after a quick rub down with a towel. The colder the weather the quicker we moved!
They tolerated it quite well and were always spotless-we were the ones who suffered! I seem to be reluctant to do that with my saddle horses!
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post #14 of 14 Old 12-09-2015, 06:46 AM
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Unless your showing all year or have a real reason, body clipping and bathing isn't a worry nor a necessity. As what others have said, spot clean, curry, let mud dry and then brush off.

Check the hooves, clean mud out and ensure all is well. Let the horse be a horse on their off time, they appreciate it and I think it is better for them.
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