How to Clean a Horse's Legs

After exercise a horse's legs can become very dirty. It is important to remove the dirt and mud to ensure maximum happiness and health of the horse.


  1. 1
    Hose down the legs below the knees and hocks (the cannon and fetlock areas) until they are very wet.
  2. 2
    Use the liquid soap/shampoo of your choice and pour it into your hand. A shampoo mitt works best for this step.
  3. 3
    Take the soapy shampoo mitt and scrub the dirty areas until the leg is very foamy.
  4. 4
    Hose down the horse's legs again, being sure to get all the soap off.
  5. 5
    Dry off the horse's legs with a towel before leaving the wash stall or bathing area.
  6. 6
    Remember to clean up after yourself! Don't leave a mess. Put everything back where you got it from and if your horse manures, pick it up.


  • Remember to always be gentle and calm. Horses' legs are very bony and sensitive, and the littlest thing can spook them.


  • Some horses might spook at the water coming out of the hose. Keep it on low if this happens.

Things You'll Need

  • A liquid soap or shampoo of your choice.
  • Shampoo mitt
  • Hose

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Categories: Horse Grooming