Bathing: Warm or Cold

Do you have access to warm water for bathing your horse?

Yes, I use a wash rack or shower stall for bathing my horse.
Yes, I use a heated water source for bathing that is not in a wash rack.
Yes, I use buckets of warm water from the house or other source to bathe my horse.
No, I bathe my horse with cold water.
I don't bathe my horse.

Total votes cast: 1071

Comments & Write-in Answers

wish my barn had hot water hook up

6/30/2014 10:28:01 PM

Only in winter do I use warm/hot water

6/30/2014 9:29:17 PM

i only bathe my horse w in the summer when its 85 degrees outside or an even warmer empature

6/30/2014 6:22:11 PM

I never use cold water

6/30/2014 5:27:35 PM

OUR hroses go to the river once its warm enough and go swimming, we don't over wash our horses

6/30/2014 5:09:22 PM

Use hose run to indoor faucet for tepid water. Rarely bathe my horses though

6/30/2014 5:00:25 PM

do rinse them off in the summer after riding though

6/30/2014 1:37:23 PM

I have a hot water spigot on the side of the barn so I can bathe in warm water with a hose

6/30/2014 12:58:34 PM

Summertime only. With air temps in the 90's and higher, there's no need for hot water.

6/30/2014 12:50:58 PM

I use a sponge and a bucket of water, no soap, to rinse off sweat.

6/30/2014 12:05:54 PM

Have warm water but rarely use it since I'm trying to cool him down most of the time

6/30/2014 10:09:17 AM

Use heating coil to warm water for baths

6/30/2014 1:58:53 AM

let the bucket of water warm in the sun

6/30/2014 1:18:19 AM

I have no access to warm or hot water, just cold. Starting at the foot and moving upwards, slowly i

6/29/2014 4:13:18 PM

I use a plug in electric water heater in my 5 gallon bucket.

6/29/2014 3:34:37 PM

I use sun warmed water to wipe him down after riding.

6/29/2014 10:15:26 AM

His one, or two, baths a year are in the summer. I do have hot water available. outside.

6/29/2014 10:06:18 AM

In the summer only use warm sometimes.

6/29/2014 8:57:21 AM

If I could I've have a portable horse shower

6/29/2014 4:48:18 AM

Don't bathe unless have warm water access.

6/28/2014 9:07:01 PM

My hot water heater in the barn is essential year round more often to cleanse wounds than bathe.

6/28/2014 7:18:44 PM

I only bathe my horse after strenuous exercise and maybe before a show

6/28/2014 4:01:54 PM

We just use well water, 65' year round. If the weather is cold, they don't get baths.

6/28/2014 3:04:18 PM

Only in winter; in summer our water is "heated" naturally outside as we have 100F+ daily.

6/28/2014 1:56:42 PM

Southern summer - the water isn't that cold

6/28/2014 12:50:00 PM

I don't typically 'bathe' with shampoo, just rinse. Mainly use shampoo when there is a skin problem.

6/28/2014 10:20:25 AM

I wish

6/28/2014 8:51:10 AM

Only bath in warm weather

6/28/2014 8:31:44 AM

Still only use cold water in summer even though warm water available

6/28/2014 6:51:49 AM

The water is only as it can ge in Florida in the summer.

6/28/2014 2:55:13 AM

I wish we had warm water, but not available . I cannot imagine why, but otherwise

6/27/2014 7:05:38 PM

only in hot weather

6/27/2014 6:44:06 PM

Living in Arizona, our water is never really cold.

6/27/2014 2:18:52 PM

hot water used for baths, feed etc

6/27/2014 12:08:02 PM

It is better for the horse, than warm water and to get a chill,

6/27/2014 11:49:43 AM

in winter i do hot baths but here in florida its cold in the summer to cool them off quicker

6/27/2014 8:34:01 AM

The boys are 24/7 turned out.

6/27/2014 8:09:05 AM

My horse is 24 years old and I wouldn't dare to shower the elderly in chilly water...

6/27/2014 12:52:57 AM

only bath my horse all over about twice a year

6/26/2014 10:05:04 PM

I don't bathe them often, but when I need to it's nice to have warm water as an option

6/26/2014 9:59:16 PM

Nothing else availalbe where I board. No one baths their horses there in the cold weather.

6/26/2014 9:28:27 PM

I only bathe my horses in the summer!

6/26/2014 7:35:27 PM

If we bathe a horse we use the same hot water source we use for our selves via long hose from house

6/26/2014 6:39:06 PM

Horses shouldn't be bathed in cold water.

6/26/2014 6:29:08 PM

Fought the plumbers tooth and nail to get hot and cold running water to my wash rack, but I got it!

6/26/2014 5:21:20 PM

I love my insta-hot system!

6/26/2014 5:11:29 PM

Yes, my horse lives in a beautiful, well-managed facility-we are blessed!

6/26/2014 4:55:44 PM

I wish I had warm water access - - - is there a benefit to warm vs. cold water?

6/26/2014 4:07:40 PM

I. Wish we had warm water!

6/26/2014 2:56:22 PM

Only done when weather good.

6/26/2014 2:46:07 PM

Real long hose coiled in the sun gives me a lot of warm water for bathing.

6/26/2014 2:06:26 PM

Our cold water is not very cold, it is tepid.

6/26/2014 2:05:47 PM

I don't have access to warm water. If I did, I would bathe with it.

6/26/2014 2:03:12 PM

horses are rinsed daily to remove sweat and salt

6/26/2014 12:38:43 PM

I hate doing it too. Never in the winter tho.

6/26/2014 11:48:58 AM

hot dry climate temps 100+ in summer. rinse to coool them off versus truly bathing

6/26/2014 11:23:26 AM

The day has to be very warm. I don't bathe them in the fall and winter.

6/26/2014 10:52:28 AM

I live in Australia where it does not get very cold

6/26/2014 10:27:28 AM

Depending upon the temperature, I always use warm water.

6/26/2014 12:46:52 AM

portable propane powered on cart

6/25/2014 9:36:25 PM

Living in central Florida, our well water is a comfortable temperature for bathing all year round.

6/25/2014 9:05:59 PM

I only bathe when the water is warm enough

6/25/2014 8:31:02 PM

only in summer

6/25/2014 8:00:17 PM

I own TBs. They REALLY don't like cold water.

6/25/2014 6:51:51 PM

Have an outdoor hot cold faucet, still don't wash them very often

6/25/2014 6:44:12 PM

Small, cheap on-demand water heater s/small propane tank. Works great!

6/25/2014 6:38:59 PM

We have a tie post and hot water coming from our laundry/bathroom barn

6/25/2014 5:37:04 PM

Only bathe with cold water in summer. Wish I had warm water!

6/25/2014 5:14:56 PM

Heat water in pail in cold weather, bathe less

6/25/2014 5:06:36 PM

Have an Insta-hot propane unit. It's wonderful!

6/25/2014 5:00:32 PM

Have access to warm water at daughter's barn. Cold only at my place. Can heat it in a pot at my barn

6/25/2014 2:34:32 PM

I put hot water in big IGLOO collers & roll them out to the barn in the winter

6/25/2014 2:07:12 PM

use the outside hose, only wash horses when hot enough

6/25/2014 1:13:19 PM

I had hot and cold water hooks placed in my garage.

6/25/2014 1:07:40 PM

Bathe with cold, but both my mares wish we had hot water :-)

6/25/2014 12:43:33 PM

I have a InstaHot washing system.

6/25/2014 12:39:04 PM

Cold water in weather above 22 Celsius

6/25/2014 12:34:02 PM

Live in Texas, only bathe during warm weather and remember our warm weather is HOT HOT HOT

6/25/2014 12:33:08 PM

Sometimes I leave my hose out and the sun which warms it. Maybe someday I'll have warm water.

6/25/2014 12:32:51 PM

In Florida we don't need warm water!

6/25/2014 12:29:29 PM

I use a wash rack, but use cool water in summer. Why does using a wash rack = having warm water?

6/25/2014 11:48:50 AM

Fortunately I live in a very warm climate where a cold water rinse is usually welcomed after a ride

6/25/2014 11:03:32 AM

I don't have access to warm water :(

6/25/2014 10:48:46 AM

Only during the summer.

6/25/2014 10:36:40 AM

Sometimes I fill a bucket and let it come up to air temp. Wish I had warm water in the barn.

6/25/2014 10:23:54 AM

I use what comes out of the hose, only when she needs a rinse after hot ride or hot humid weather

6/25/2014 8:18:12 AM

I have an outside faucet rigged for warm water from the house.

6/25/2014 7:58:48 AM

portable hot water unit on wash rack

6/25/2014 7:14:03 AM

cold, uless I HAVE to bath in the winter, then I run a hose from the house for warm water

6/25/2014 5:56:40 AM

Would you like to have cold water sprayed on you?

6/25/2014 3:55:30 AM

I wash off sweat but otherwise my white stallion keeps himself "sparkling" better than I could!

6/25/2014 1:25:10 AM

The water isn't cold it's more like room temperature.

6/25/2014 12:28:51 AM

dark coloured barrels filled with water warms up in the sun and makes excellent bath water!

6/24/2014 10:11:12 PM

I live in GA, so in the summertime the horses like the cold water.

6/24/2014 9:46:19 PM

I use to use warm water but sold my farm & now board. The current wash rack only has cold water.

6/24/2014 8:39:06 PM

Our well water is cold - I use enough warm water to take the edge off. I wash in lukewarm water.

6/24/2014 8:07:33 PM

have hot and cold water

6/24/2014 7:30:51 PM

I let buckets of wash water warm in the sun while I ride

6/24/2014 6:36:53 PM

For about 6-8 months out of the year in Phoenix the water comes out of the hose warm!

6/24/2014 6:27:57 PM

I don't bathe my horse as a rule but carry warm water from the house when I do.

6/24/2014 6:26:52 PM

bathe my horses only in summer time=cold water

6/24/2014 5:58:31 PM

swimming is always a treat at the local pond!

6/24/2014 5:54:37 PM

I set up a camping on demand propane hot water heater to be portable, can wash anywhere w/water

6/24/2014 5:53:51 PM

Have access to hot water, but in SE Tx, bathe in cold water

6/24/2014 5:49:24 PM

Rarely do any bathing, but is sure nice to have available.

6/24/2014 5:29:57 PM

Mostly, I just give them a quick rinse when they are sweaty and the weather is warm.

6/24/2014 5:16:36 PM

We're in the grip of a severe, years-long drought. Water to drink is more important than bathing.

6/24/2014 5:03:40 PM

Only water source I have available is cold.

6/24/2014 4:59:44 PM

I only bathe in the summer when the water temp is not too cold.

6/24/2014 4:58:45 PM

cold water on a hot day feels soooo good

6/24/2014 3:51:53 PM

my horse is noticeably uncomfortable with cold water

6/24/2014 2:11:28 PM

Built the wash area right next to the house so horses get the same warm water I do. Spoiled!

6/24/2014 12:59:27 PM

I warm water in the sun ahead of time or bring 2 gallon jugs of warm from house.

6/24/2014 12:00:35 PM

I do not like using cold water but I have no choice.

6/24/2014 10:42:34 AM

Generally don't bathe in winter but do have access to warm shower stall if necessary

6/24/2014 10:12:07 AM

do not bathe unless need to for accident treatment

6/24/2014 9:46:56 AM

we have a well that feeds the wash area so the water temp varies

6/24/2014 9:07:08 AM

I do not think it is good to douse a hot horse with cold water. It also causes cramping.

6/24/2014 8:54:47 AM

hot water in barn for many purposes

6/24/2014 6:54:43 AM

I infrequently bathe my horses, but when not just hosing down from a hot ride, I will use warm water

6/24/2014 1:57:24 AM

Well water in Arizona comes out of the faucet at body temp - my horses don't mind tepid water tho!.

6/24/2014 1:25:28 AM

I use a mixer off my hot water heater & the well holding tank. No cold water for my old guy (28yo).

6/24/2014 12:14:45 AM