How to Give a Horse a Bath

You don't need to give your horse bath often. Generally about three times a year as a minimum is a good idea but it is dependent on where you reside, the type of pasture the horse is in and the events that you place your horse in. In hotter climates, more frequent bathing may be necessary. This article provides a brief run-down of how to give your horse its bath.

Steps

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    Curry the loose dirt and dried mud.
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    Slowly rinse your horse starting at the legs and going up.
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    Pour shampoo all throughout your horses body work up a lather using your hands or a rubber mitt.
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    Rinse off the shampoo making sure you get off all the shampoo.
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    Wash the tail, get the tail wet and then apply the shampoo standing to the side so you don't get kicked.
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    Rinse the tail, rinse thoroughly.
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    Wash the mane, get wet and apply the shampoo.
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    Rinse the mane carefully
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    Dry horse with towels
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    Put a clean well fitted sheet on your horse and keep him out of drafts.
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    When done give your horse a pat and tell your horse how good he is!

Tips

  • If you have show coming up and that is why your bathing the horse, do the bath the day before the event.
  • Praise your horse a lot afterwards.
  • Dilute the shampoo, add a cup of water.

Warnings

  • Take care washing around the ears to avoid splashing water into the ear canal; this could result in an infection.
  • Lessen the temptation to roll after the bath by removing your horse from dirt areas.
  • Avoid splashing soapy water into a horse's eyes; wash with care and diligence.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubber mitt
  • Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Bucket

Article Info

Categories: Horse Care