How to Clean a Horse

"Ew! What's that on Sugar's shoulder!" That's a sentence that you'll never have to hear again if you just read this article on how to clean up your horse.

Steps

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    Tie your horse up to a secure fixture with a hose nearby.
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    Remove loose hair. Use a horse brush in the summer-time. Use curry comb or shedding blade if it is spring-time. Consider skipping horse baths in the fall or winter.
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    Get out your sponge and dampen it. Clean out your horse's nose and wipe out the eyes.
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    If your horse is a she, then you need to take another clean sponge that has never been used on any horse's face and clean her dock. If your horse is a he, then get out a clean sponge that has never been used on any horse's face and clean under his tail where a girl horse's dock is normally.
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    Take the same clean sponge and clean the underside of your horse's tail regardless if your horse is a boy or a girl.
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    Get another clean sponge. Clean the underside of your girl horse (mare). This means touching the udder and teats (areas that have no hair) and are prone to collecting dust and sweat. When mixed with dead skin, this makes a really gross, disgusting goo that must be removed to prevent irritation to the horse. The first time is the worst - once the area is clean, it will be much easier to clean later. If she's never been cleaned, the goo will dry and you will be pealing it off. The horse will appreciate your soothing voice as you do this unpleasant chore.
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    Get a bucket of warm, but not burning water, put horse shampoo in it, and insert the horse's tail into the bucket.
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    Scrub the tail gently with the soap. You may use the sponge used for the rear end when washing the tail. Do not use the sponge for the head when washing the tail.
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    Use a hose to spray the soap and dirt out of the tail.
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    Brush out all of the knots from the tail.
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    Use the hoof pick to clean out the hooves. Be very careful not to dig at the frog as it is soft and tender. The frog is located at the rear of the hoof.
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    Gently spray the horse's body one half at a time starting at the hoof and going up to the leg, and finally to the body.
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    Do not spray the horse's face or ears.
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    After spraying the body, use horse soap and the sponge that you used on the tail and on the dock to scrub up some bubbles on your horse's body.
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    Use the Hose to rinse off the bubbles and the dirt.
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    Use the sweat scraper to get off all of the excess water.

Tips

  • Do not use cold water to bath your horse, especially on a hot day when they have been sweating. The dramatic temperature change could kill them!
  • Do not bathe your horse every day.
  • Don't spray the horse's face and ears
  • If your horse is grass-kept, bathe him only when necessary,as you will wash off all of the natural oils in his/her coat that help the rain slide off of him and keep him/her dry.
  • Expect to get wet and dress appropriately. Maintain the close-toed shoos, though. Horse hooves on unprotected feet hurt and can lead to scrapes and ripped skin.

Warnings

  • If the water that you are using is to hot for you to touch, then it is to hot for your horse to touch.
  • Don't get soap in the horse's eyes
  • If you spray your horse's feet too often, then the horse may get hoof rot.
  • When udder cleaning, pay attention to the horse's ears, balance, hind legs and tail. If she looks upset (ears back, tail swishing, weight shifting away from you, leg blocking you, etc), you will either have to try again later, or assert yourself and let he know this is task will get done. You may need to seek out a more experienced horse groomer for advice and help.

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Categories: Horse Grooming