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post #21 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 02:32 PM
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I must have missed this memo in the "beginner's horsemanship" class. I've always just hosed my horses off and let them dry out on their own; no toweling, no scraping.

I just participated in several classes at a horse show yesterday, and we were probably out in the 30 degree celcius heat for a good 6 hours. As soon as I got my mare home I took a hose to her, which she really appreciated. Normally she is antsy around water but this time stood absolutely still and just closed her eyes. Poor girl was very hot and tired. She seemed to think it helped her cool down though!

She is still alive, and dry, today. I guess I'm a bad owner.
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post #22 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 02:54 PM
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I used the extreme heat in 2012-2013 to train my two geldings to let me hose them off. They LOVED it!
Use common sense, just as if you were cooling off a person. I started with using the hose on their feet and lower legs and I used approach and retreat. I checked, and when the legs were cool I hosed off the flanks and the necks and, then, finally their barrels. Now, I can spray them cool.
Often I give them a bath with Mane N'Tail (bc it's cheap!), lightly mixed, bc when they are clean the flies don't like horses very well.
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post #23 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 03:16 PM
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I also missed the memo about scraping off the water. I'm only five years into having horses so I try to learn all I can. So far our horses have been good with hosing them down without scraping. I hose them down the way Corporal does. They roll in the pond quite often, I sure don't run out with the a scraper.
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post #24 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 06:04 PM
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Most of that "must scrape off water to cool" is competition horses who are trying to meet a heart rate criteria. Just a horse in hot temperatures does not require this.
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post #25 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 06:38 PM
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Sometimes I scrape my guy, sometimes not. If we're at an endurance ride and he is hot, it's wet and scrape, wet and scrape until he's cooled off and his heart rate is down. If I am bathing him/want him clean I scrape so that he dries more quickly and I can flyspray him (my spray says only to use when they're dry). I also like to scrape him to get the sweaty, dirty water off so he dries cleaner.

If I hose him and turn him out still dripping he WILL roll. If I scrape so he dries faster, he doesn't seem to feel the need right away.
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post #26 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 08:46 PM
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After I hose my horses off, they roll in the dusty corral. They then spend the next day looking like Pig Pen, with a cloud of dust following them around everywhere...




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post #27 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 09:09 PM
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Most of that "must scrape off water to cool" is competition horses who are trying to meet a heart rate criteria. Just a horse in hot temperatures does not require this.
I do believe this is the point of scraping over-heated horses who have been worked to a lather in hot temperatures.
The hair on the horses holds the water in a way that our skin doesn't, and if you have ever hosed down a hot polo horse, you know that the water that is scraped off after hosing is HOT!
Horses that get hot just hanging around in the pasture or who have gone on a light ride wouldn't require the same level of attention, although I'm sure it wouldn't hurt and would give you more time with your horse.
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post #28 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 09:18 PM
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I do believe this is the point of scraping over-heated horses who have been worked to a lather in hot temperatures.
The hair on the horses holds the water in a way that our skin doesn't, and if you have ever hosed down a hot polo horse, you know that the water that is scraped off after hosing is HOT!
Horses that get hot just hanging around in the pasture or who have gone on a light ride wouldn't require the same level of attention, although I'm sure it wouldn't hurt and would give you more time with your horse.

I have never hosed a hot polo horse (why is this starting to sound like porn?) but I have definitely had this experience with my own horses.
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post #29 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 09:22 PM
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I have never hosed a hot polo horse (why is this starting to sound like porn?) but I have definitely had this experience with my own horses.
hahaha . . . (shhhhhhhh . . . it's a PG-rated site!)
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post #30 of 44 Old 07-13-2015, 09:24 PM
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