Bathing Your Horse - Step by Step

Pam Hunter
by Pam Hunter
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Check the weather before you start. No show is worth giving your horse a chill. If the weather is windy, cold (below about 50 degrees F) use a dry shampoo. If you have indoor facilities with warm water, that's great! But, be sure your horse doesn't catch a draft after you leave the wash rack.

What you will need:

  • Rubber Curry
  • Brush
  • Hoof Pick
  • Sweat Scraper
  • Bucket
  • Hose
  • Spray Nozzle
  • Warm Water
  • Sponge, Soft Rags
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Show Sheen
  • Towels
  • Hoof Polish, Conditioner
  • Mineral Oil, Rubber Gloves
  • Blanket or Cooler if Cold

1. Curry your horse with a rubber curry to remove caked on dirt.

  • Begin at top of neck continuing down to chest.
  • Do withers, shoulder, forearm.
  • Then the back, side, barrel, croup and butt.
  • So the other side in the same order. NEVER CURRY THE LOWER LEGS.

2. Next, brush your horse in the same sequence.

  • Brush with the grain of the hair.
  • Do lower legs, too.

3. Pick out the hooves.

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