Poll

Bath Time

How often do you rinse or bathe your horse?

My horse gets rinsed after every ride during the warm months.
66%
790
Once a week
5%
62
Once a month
6%
70
Before shows and clinics only
6%
75
Once a year
5%
58
Rarely or never
11%
131
I only wash my horse's tail
1%
12

Total votes cast: 1198

Comments & Write-in Answers

Also rinse them in hot weather

6/23/2014 11:32:28 PM

soap only very occasionally, we do rinse the lather off them after every ride

6/23/2014 10:20:28 PM

mainly because our indoor arena gets stuffy really quick

6/23/2014 8:31:55 PM

Frequent grooming cleans his coat and allows the oils in his skin to keep it hydrated and healthy

6/23/2014 8:16:55 PM

Irregular times based on need.

6/23/2014 8:05:26 PM

I groom before riding and he gets rinsed or a full bath after each ride; depends on length of ride.

6/23/2014 7:30:09 PM

Hosed off after work, bathed weekly

6/23/2014 6:44:20 PM

no soap

6/23/2014 5:17:59 PM

never bath my horse will rinse off on hot days when sweaty. Good brushing is better

6/23/2014 4:42:47 PM

I rinse off sweat, no shampoo. Only use soap a couple of times a year.

6/23/2014 4:42:33 PM

Baths before every show or every week or so as needed when it's hot

6/23/2014 1:51:25 PM

Soap one to two times/week, H2O after every ride.

6/23/2014 11:27:27 AM

I live in FL and if my horse is sweating during those hot and humid days, I just give her a rinse.

6/23/2014 9:22:53 AM

My filly is in a large pasture and does not get very dirty so we do few baths.

6/23/2014 9:10:49 AM

My horse has issues in hot weather.

6/23/2014 7:21:34 AM

After hard work or before a show

6/22/2014 10:44:19 PM

Mine are trail/pet horses. They get washed when it rains.

6/22/2014 6:50:21 PM

I also rinse my horse off after a ride on a hot day, but living in Alaska, that sometimes isn

6/22/2014 5:44:57 PM

I usually sponge off sweat, and scrape after. Then allow him to roll to his hearts content.

6/22/2014 3:58:20 PM

Whenever salt, sweat and dirt build up enough to be an irritation.

6/22/2014 3:07:03 PM

Plus he gets rinsed if he's hot during the day if I'm at the barn, especially if he's sweaty at all

6/22/2014 1:19:34 PM

I may just rinse the sweaty areas to clean off dirt ans sweat. Wash with equine soap before a show.

6/22/2014 9:58:33 AM

rinse to cool down and get off saddlemarks, soap bath before shows or clinics

6/22/2014 9:46:38 AM

i sponge off most times so his feet arent soaked in water

6/22/2014 9:40:27 AM

Hosed off twice a day during summer, here in Southern AZ

6/21/2014 7:06:23 PM

but my Friesian's mane is washed once a week during the summer

6/21/2014 11:35:47 AM

you should wash your horse after every ride because he will get all sweaty easily

6/21/2014 9:38:04 AM

He gets rinsed off if he is really hot and/or sweaty

6/21/2014 9:19:17 AM

I bath my horse after a lesson or any ride that he worked really hard in

6/21/2014 8:43:37 AM

It's frequently 95 degrees by the time we get done riding - I HAVE to rinse him!

6/20/2014 11:00:02 PM

If sweaty no soap,if dirty soap, if showing soap

6/20/2014 10:54:40 PM

My gray gets bath before a ride sometimes too

6/20/2014 7:01:15 PM

Bathing during warm weather and before shows, but rinse sweat off after every ride.

6/20/2014 4:56:12 PM

Rinse after sweaty ride, bathe occasionally

6/20/2014 4:47:49 PM

During colder months, it is only done when temps are over 40F.

6/20/2014 2:27:34 PM

Also a bath before shows

6/20/2014 12:08:00 PM

Rinsed after rides on hot days, baths with soap before shows

6/20/2014 10:52:27 AM

Rinsed without soap

6/20/2014 6:30:36 AM

Saddle patch and sweaty bits

6/20/2014 4:13:33 AM

Bath once a year, rinse off when sweating

6/19/2014 7:32:21 PM

They do get regular grooming, and all the rolling in grass and dirt they want.

6/19/2014 7:25:15 PM

Being black he gets hot and sweaty quickly

6/19/2014 4:33:25 PM

in the hot summer, everyday its really hot

6/19/2014 3:08:39 PM

I don't use soap more than 5-6/yr, but sponge and/or rinse away sweat after exercise.

6/19/2014 2:50:27 PM

i only bathe my horse before shows

6/19/2014 11:50:45 AM

If they are in need of one as well. My one mare gets magnesium baths to help with achiness.

6/19/2014 11:16:05 AM

Once a year or when needed. Health is more important than appearance.

6/19/2014 11:03:52 AM

not during winter

6/19/2014 9:40:20 AM

Rinse saddle area after riding & bath about every 2 months

6/19/2014 8:08:04 AM

Always dry legs to prevent fungus in summer months.

6/19/2014 6:21:30 AM

Rinse before and after riding. Almost never use shampoo.

6/19/2014 4:49:58 AM

She only gets full bathes before shows.

6/19/2014 1:52:03 AM

Somewhat depends on how much mud we have from bad weather.

6/18/2014 10:09:24 PM

I don't bath my horse with soap products, unless it is a must! I have 3 times in 11 years!

6/18/2014 9:49:31 PM

If they work up a full sweat, or they appear uncomfortably hot. i vac instead of bathe.

6/18/2014 9:07:11 PM

My mare doesn't sweat so I'm constantly hosing her down to cool her off (we live in Florida!)

6/18/2014 7:21:31 PM

Over 90 degrees, my horses are rinsed up to twice daily

6/18/2014 6:08:31 PM

after every ride if she is sweaty during the warm months

6/18/2014 6:05:33 PM

I wash when needed and rely on good routine brushing

6/18/2014 4:23:01 PM

Never shampoo the coat, it removes oils essential to keeping the horse dry when it rains

6/18/2014 4:08:29 PM

I always brush down after a ride and pat the area to get circulation going is better than washing.

6/18/2014 3:52:10 PM

Depends on how sweaty or dirty he gets.

6/18/2014 3:32:42 PM

Once in a while she gets a full blown EQ bath. Winter and fall too if it's sunny with 50-60° temps

6/18/2014 3:21:49 PM

My horse gets rinsed off in the summer if sweatty and bathed before shows

6/18/2014 2:45:59 PM

daily

6/18/2014 2:37:36 PM

The horse's coats are softer and shine more with continuous rinsing.

6/18/2014 2:20:26 PM

Horse has many allergies, including all flies. Rinsing the sweat off helps him a lot.

6/18/2014 2:03:09 PM

I've been hosing my mare's legs off almost every day with all of this rain/mud we've been having.

6/18/2014 1:38:46 PM

Full bath for shows. They get sprinklers and shower themselves in hot weather.

6/18/2014 1:19:03 PM

2 of my 3 horses love to get wet and I soak them regularly thru the hot TX summer.

6/18/2014 12:01:50 PM

We use an air compressor and blow the dirt off of them. they don't get wet and the stand well for it

6/18/2014 11:56:49 AM

In the warm months

6/18/2014 11:55:55 AM

My horses don't get ridden and they get to be horses

6/18/2014 11:54:13 AM

If he's sweaty, he gets rinsed. Full baths are relatively rare.

6/18/2014 10:53:23 AM

I'll bath them a few times in the spring and fall during hair coat change, and just rinse after scha

6/18/2014 10:12:20 AM

I usually use water only. Shampoo only for white spots...

6/18/2014 9:36:00 AM

Rain does a pretty good job and my barn isn't ideal for washing a horse.

6/18/2014 8:31:40 AM

Sponge them after a trail ride or work only in the summer

6/18/2014 6:21:13 AM

With the frequent rains in the Northwest our horses get bathed by mother nature enough to suit them!

6/18/2014 2:23:13 AM

S Florida heat, humidity, mud, rinsing is frequent. Shampoo about once a month.

6/18/2014 1:15:01 AM

Live in AZ desert, sweating is a way of life! Hose off but don't usually use soap.

6/18/2014 12:16:26 AM

no rinse if no sweat though

6/17/2014 11:34:35 PM

It varies depending on use and the weather

6/17/2014 9:37:34 PM

May rinse if very hot but, allow her to go roll right after.

6/17/2014 9:12:52 PM

Rinsed as needed when sweated up after exercise or in extreme heat, otherwise just tail washing

6/17/2014 8:34:14 PM

Ohio, shampoo a couple of times a year. After hot summer rides they get cool water rinses

6/17/2014 8:21:43 PM

At my barn in the Phoenix, AZ area, we hose down our horses before and after each ride in the summer

6/17/2014 8:15:08 PM

Our horses like standing in the rain more than a bath

6/17/2014 7:26:04 PM

I don't have a barn or warm water

6/17/2014 6:43:19 PM

I rinse after rides but hardly bathe my horse

6/17/2014 5:57:40 PM

Only if he's sweaty or before shows

6/17/2014 5:54:02 PM

Plus at the end of very hot days.

6/17/2014 5:40:36 PM

I like to use shampoo several times a year to deep clean, but we rinse after every ride to cool off.

6/17/2014 5:34:49 PM

Often--I tell him this is what happens when you belong to a girl!

6/17/2014 5:23:37 PM

water is too valuable here to waste

6/17/2014 4:51:24 PM

wash legs

6/17/2014 4:32:42 PM

Also, when he gets sweaty running around in the field. Just using water brings up his natural oils.

6/17/2014 4:13:24 PM

Bath with special schampoo against flies during summer two times a month

6/17/2014 3:28:11 PM

Rarely shampoo, but hose off after every hot ride; it gets the itchy sweat off.

6/17/2014 2:27:26 PM

Usually only on very hot days, occaisonally if horse is very dirty

6/17/2014 1:16:10 PM

once or twice a year on hot days before a show

6/17/2014 12:39:28 PM

No soap, just water to get the sweat off and bring temperature down.

6/17/2014 12:10:52 PM

my horse gets a bath before a big clip job, when he is going somewhere i want him to look spectacula

6/17/2014 11:33:39 AM

washed to take off sweat & dirt=they loves it

6/17/2014 10:03:59 AM

It gets hot here in central Kentucky, so I bathe my horse after every ride.

6/17/2014 8:57:39 AM

They love baths...then go and roll...lol

6/17/2014 8:34:33 AM

When my horse is sweaty, I always rinse her off.Then she goes and have a good roll.

6/17/2014 7:24:22 AM

1-2x/yr. My boy luvs to dust bathe; I luv a soft, clean horse but he doesn't appreciate the effort.

6/17/2014 2:23:50 AM

But I will rinse after a hot hard sweaty ride, and occasionally wash manes and tails

6/17/2014 1:15:26 AM

Shampoo maybe once a year. Hose down in HOT weather

6/17/2014 12:04:02 AM