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Tips for Horse: Bathing Your Horse
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At my last horse show, as my large, mostly white, five year old Gypsy gelding walked into the warm-up ring, someone asked me, "How long does it take you to get him that white?" With a chuckle I replied, "Five years!"
Bottom line, you cannot get a white horse, or a horse with a white tail, or white feathers, clean and sparkling white by just bathing him a day before the horse show. The key to a clean horse is commitment and consistency. Get dirty hair clean before it becomes stained hair!
Start with the Tail:
Move on to the Mane:
Time for the Body:
Don't forget to check the sheath or teat area!
Many horses have white legs, and in my case, feathers! For the sake of your back, train your horse to stand quietly while you pull up a stool and sit to work on his legs. I have one of those little garden stools with wheels that works great. Be VERY CAREFUL when you do this, even the most well trained horses can surprise you with a sudden move.
After you thoroughly rinse the body and legs, be sure to scrape off the excess water with a scraper. This is important because leaving water on the horse's body creates insulation and will not allow heat to escape. If you don't scrape off excess water your horse can overheat quickly in hot summer weather. Rinse and scrape both sides several times until you feel sure that all the soap has been rinsed out.
A quick tip for the next morning when you find dirty spots on your show ready horse, or when you unload him from the trailer and find manure stains on his clean tail and legs, give the Shapley's Easy Out No Rinse Shampoo a try!
And Back to the Tail:
Finally, the Face:
Remember, the most important part of keeping a horse clean is that he has a healthy hair coat! Shiny coats come from the inside. Clean ones come from consistent work and elbow grease!
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