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Inside Equestrian: Bathing Horses in the Spring

Now that the Winter’s gone, all of us can afford to take a sigh of relief. The flowers are blossoming.  It’s springtime and life has picked up the pace. The farmlands across the UK are back to life. Horse owners can now stuff all warm horse coats back into the wardrobe. Wash all the horse coats thoroughly before keeping them back.  Also, make sure you dry all of the warm horse coats appropriately.

It’s springtime. This means that you can bathe your horse a lot more frequently. The weather’s warm and cozy. Your horses would certainly enjoy a nice bathing session. Horses tend to feel alive and kicking after they’ve been bathed.

A clean horse is a happy horse. Bathing your horse doesn’t just keep it proactive, it also helps keep allergies and infections at bay. The fallen hair, the muddy hooves, and dirty lower-legs need to be cleaned. As far as the legs are concerned, buying a durable set of horse turnout boots can make a lot of difference. Not only will these boots keep mud and dirt away, but will also help protect the horse’s feet and lower legs protected.

Now comes the bathing part. Make it a point to clean the horse thoroughly. Have all the equestrian equipment you require to undertake the cleaning job at your disposal. Keeping all your horse bathing accessories at a designated spot can help you immensely in your bid to stay organised.

Here are a few tips that you need to take into consideration before planning to bathe your horse during spring.

Check if the warm water stall is accessible

First thing’s first, check whether the warm water washing area is accessible or not. Bathing a horse here is safe. If the weather is slightly on the colder side, then having a covered bathing area along with adequate access to hot water is simply awesome.

Checking the water

First-time horse owners often find it difficult to ascertain if the water is hot or cold enough. Simply put,  the hotness or coldness of the water used would be completely dependent upon the weather. If it is warm outside, then see to it that the water being used is cold. The water doesn’t have to be freezing cold. Keep it reasonably cold. Also, just make sure that the bathing exercise is carried out in the afternoon while the sun is shining brightly.

How about an evening bath?

Don’t bathe your horses in cold water during the evening. If you are planning to undertake the horse cleaning exercise in the evening, then it is better to go for grooming instead of bathing. You don’t want your beloved horse to catch a chill and become sick, do you? No, of course, you don’t. This is exactly why hot water stalls are preferred by farmland owners across the UK. Also, make sure that your equine friend is completely dry before you set him free. This one’s really important because leftover moisture on the horse’s body can make it feel pretty cold once it goes out in the field. Rub your friend thoroughly using towels. In case your pockets are deep, then you can buy an anti-sweat sheet. It will help keep moisture and sweat at bay. Just make it a point to remove the sheet whenever you feel that the horse’s coat is completely dry.

So, spring is finally here and it’s time to create a ‘splash’, and a really big one at that. A nice bath in the morning can keep your horse pumped up for the rest of the day. Also, get a few curry combs to groom your friend just in case you plan to not give him a bath.

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