It’s spring again, that time for cleaning–and not just your attic! It’s bath time for Noah, and for many horses. But there are tricks to bathing a horse. After all, you can’t just dunk them in a tub and be done with it.
The first thing to remember is that you shouldn’t bathe your horse too often with shampoo or soap. A horse’s skin has many vital oils that he loses if you wash him with any kind of soap. So save your baths for special occasions, like shows. Hosing a horse off with water if he’s become quite sweaty is not only okay, but recommended–just don’t use soap.
Next, make sure you don’t surprise a horse by suddenly blasting him with cold water (think how little you’d appreciate similar treatment…). Always start on his hooves, and work your way up his legs so he’s expecting the water on his body.
Lastly, make sure your horse is at least mostly dry before putting back out in his paddock or pasture. One, a damp horse can easily get chilled if there’s any wind or if it’s a bit nippy. Second, wet horses LOVE to roll; they’ll undo all your hard work in a matter of seconds!
So check out the video below for detailed instructions on how to properly and safely wash a horse. Enjoy!