Steps To Bathing a Horse Properly
Horses, like all animals, can get dirty over time. Whether it’s from running through the mud or dust that settles over time, it’s important to keep your horses as clean as possible. Not only does it keep them comfortable, but it also lowers the risk of them developing any serious skin problems that might affect their overall health. It takes a lot of effort to thoroughly wash an animal as big as a horse, but their health and happiness is worth it.
- An equine shampoo
- Large towels
- Scrubbing mitt
- Large sponges
- Ideally a second person to help
Washing The Horse
Before you begin to bathe the horse, you will need to brush as much dirt off of them as possible from the coat. Once this is done, fill up a bucket with warm water, and using the sponge, wash the horse with the warm water to remove as much dust, dirt, and grime as possible. It’s a good idea to start from their legs and move up to their backs. Next, take the rest of the water and douse the horse underneath its stomach and under its tail. Lastly, soak its tail and mane with more warm water.
Lathering The Horse
Refill the bucket with warm water and add the recommended amount of equine shampoo to the bucket of water, making sure that it’s enough to make suds. Take the sponge and begin to wash your horse in circular motions, moving first from the neck to the base of the tail. Once your horse’s body has been properly washed, dunk their tail into the bucket, and then use a sponge to gradually wash their hair from the roots out to the tips. Take the scrubbing mitt and gently work the shampoo into the horses, making sure that the suds are properly applied to the skin.
Rinsing The Horse
Removing all the soap from your horse is important as it keeps their skin from drying out; and it’s especially important for heir back and stomach, as it can lead to irritation. Using either a house or another bucket of clear and warm water, begin to rinse the suds out from the front of the horse’s legs to its shoulders. Avoid the head as much as possible, and focus on removing all of the suds with the water. Using a hose for this stage is ideal, but it’s important that the water is warm, as sudden cold water can startle the animal, and unlike when you roll the dice with online craps, that isn’t a risk worth taking.
Washing The Horse’s Head
The head is the most difficult part of washing the horse, and the process can take some patience and time. Using another sponge and a fresh bucket of warm water, carefully wash the horse’s head, starting with the face and moving behind the ears. Take the soapy sponge and follow the same path, making sure that no soap gets into the horse’s eyes or ears. Once finished, use the first sponge to get rid of all of the suds that were on the head until fully clean.