Lather, Rinse, Repeat

How often do you give your horse a bath?

More than once a week
Once a week
Once a month
Once a year
Hardly ever

Total votes cast: 1397

Comments & Write-in Answers

Rinsed thoroughly often, rarely use soap.

6/4/2007 11:13:42 PM

We always start with the legs, then work our way up slowly. Also, we use Dawn Dish soap & baby oil.

6/4/2007 8:05:27 PM

Usually a couple of times a year in the summer, usually just a good hosedown to cool em off.

6/4/2007 5:27:03 PM

rinse with plain water after work under saddle-shampoo only when really dirty

6/4/2007 3:05:36 PM

I use EQ Solutions, love this stuff. My horses stay cleaner longer and their coats are shinier.

6/4/2007 2:19:51 PM

only in the summer months

6/4/2007 2:13:40 PM

1x/mo in warm weather. Too much risks soft feet, dry skin & hair.

6/4/2007 12:40:35 PM

Only if absolutly necessary so don't remove natural coat oils we have no skin problems

6/4/2007 12:32:56 PM

I do hose off a lot and scrape them down when they are hot and sweaty...real baths are rare.

6/4/2007 12:02:06 PM

Orvus and Absorbine Super-Poo rinse out very well and don't dry the coat

6/4/2007 11:35:31 AM

a rinse after a work out with warm water and vetrolin

6/4/2007 1:55:36 AM

rinse,soap,rinse alot,spray conditioner

6/3/2007 2:36:01 PM

1 T vinegar per gallon of water helps remove soap and shine coat.

6/3/2007 11:54:05 AM

Instead of always bathing I rinse my horses of with cool water after a workout to remove any dirt

6/2/2007 8:54:59 PM

Have a sweatscrapper near by to knock the flies off.They love wet horses.Have treats near too!

6/2/2007 6:36:43 PM

we gives baths before shows or when needed

6/2/2007 6:10:16 PM

depends on the time of year tho!

6/2/2007 5:32:18 PM

use white bar soap with natural oils in it- SO much CHEAPER &defintly better on greys stains vani

6/2/2007 2:53:42 PM

If more often than once a month - I just use water and a brush. Especially after every trail ride.

6/2/2007 2:28:33 PM

only during the hot summer months

6/2/2007 2:06:43 PM

Use as little soap as possible and rinse, rinse, rinse!

6/2/2007 11:49:34 AM

castile soap and we made a horse wash with the hose as a wand overhead

6/2/2007 1:56:23 AM

We don't bathe them in the winter months only warmer months

6/1/2007 11:39:09 PM

Vetrolin Bath

6/1/2007 11:18:48 PM

We shower off after riding, but not with soap

6/1/2007 10:37:01 PM

They do get a cooling rinse with plain water almost daily when it's hot

6/1/2007 10:18:27 PM

Rince your horse when you need to, but only wash them about once a month.

6/1/2007 9:59:57 PM

from daily in the summer to none in winter. A cold shower is a treat on hot summer days

6/1/2007 9:34:00 PM

I clean my horse by using several different curries and brushes.

6/1/2007 9:25:38 PM

I use QuickClenz Bathing Foam by Healing Tree Vet Formula on my mare twice a week It works great!

6/1/2007 8:49:47 PM

Always use tall rubber muck boots because often times...you get the bath!

6/1/2007 8:44:54 PM

In warm months rinsed off after every ride, soap when really dirty

6/1/2007 8:23:20 PM

you should give your horse a bath at LEAST once a month. I give my horses bathes every week!

6/1/2007 7:18:08 PM

I hose often with the summer heat, but rarely give a true soap bath unless necessary!

6/1/2007 7:02:07 PM

when bathing, stick the hose in the horse's mouth. it helps to clean out grass out of mouth

6/1/2007 6:44:59 PM

shampoo bathes are saved for speial situations, but they are regularly hosed down if sweaty or muddy

6/1/2007 6:16:54 PM

I only use water. A strong stream to rinse debris and dirt from his coat and the scrape to remove t

6/1/2007 5:50:11 PM

no soap!

6/1/2007 3:49:13 PM

EQ Solutions! What did I do before?!

6/1/2007 3:40:28 PM

only in the hot months

6/1/2007 3:07:36 PM

In warm weather, depends/varies--how dirty they are/ if going to a show, etc., real sweaty, etc.

6/1/2007 2:15:42 PM

more baths in summer, maybe once a month,but then as soon as cool,that stops. Always rinse well..

6/1/2007 2:12:01 PM

Sometimes twice per month, but not in the winter.

6/1/2007 1:50:26 PM

When needed, always rinse with cider vinegar !

6/1/2007 12:29:40 PM

start early on those paint horses!!!

6/1/2007 12:21:39 PM

Probably about 5 or 6 times a year

6/1/2007 12:13:17 PM

plain water hose off after a ride, soap bath only when necessary

6/1/2007 12:12:10 PM

I don't always use soap/shampoo, but I apply conditioner and rinse well

6/1/2007 11:39:37 AM

use ONLY TIGI S-Factor Shampoo!

6/1/2007 11:18:41 AM

In the summer, she's rinsed after every ride - but I never use soap/shampoo

6/1/2007 11:02:27 AM

but no soap

6/1/2007 10:58:16 AM

hose with water only in summer after workout- soap dries out hair and strips essential oils

6/1/2007 10:11:53 AM

Depends on how muddy it is here in galveston!

6/1/2007 9:31:33 AM

my horse is very curious, I give her her own bucket and large sponge to play with so she stands quie

6/1/2007 9:03:34 AM

usually hose them off after work several times a week, but only use shampoo every few months

6/1/2007 8:15:08 AM

Rarely in the winter, more frequently in the summer. Any time they are excessively sweaty/dirty.

6/1/2007 7:51:23 AM

Plain cold water

6/1/2007 7:30:42 AM

Skin So SOft bath Gel works well to keep the mosquitos off!

6/1/2007 7:20:32 AM

in hot weather I just coll them with the hose Ix per month I willuse shampoo

6/1/2007 7:17:54 AM

EQ foamer is the only way to go!! Cleaner horses and less elbow grease to make them shine!

6/1/2007 1:44:54 AM

Spring - Fall but not in Winter. Before a competitive trail ride if not too cold.

6/1/2007 1:30:11 AM

I live near Phoenix, AZ-my horses are soap bathed monthly during the summer heat & hosed off daily.

6/1/2007 12:25:04 AM

I use EZ all. I love it, very easy to use, and a natural product to boot.

5/31/2007 11:08:36 PM

Wash/rinse the horse checking skin problems. Use soap sparingly.

5/31/2007 10:56:21 PM

usually saddle area only, and never with anything other than water

5/31/2007 10:49:56 PM


5/31/2007 10:15:21 PM

in the summer months

5/31/2007 10:01:38 PM

Wet, lather, rinse,re-lather whites. Now, E-Z ALL.!

5/31/2007 9:46:15 PM

bath only when sweaty to clear pores

5/31/2007 9:34:44 PM

When he needs it in the summer, never in the winter

5/31/2007 8:42:47 PM

Sometimes a good rinse off, esp in the heat of summer.

5/31/2007 8:40:57 PM

The get thoroughly rinsed as needed but I almost never use soap/detergents. Their coats shine.

5/31/2007 8:00:52 PM

Most of my horses are breeding stock. Performance horses are bathed every time they're worked

5/31/2007 8:00:41 PM

Just a little Vetrilin in water works wonders and doesn't strip oil from their coat

5/31/2007 7:52:02 PM

warm water rinse when sweaty.

5/31/2007 7:42:19 PM

ONLY in the summer to remove sweat and make them feel good.

5/31/2007 7:12:01 PM

warm water, a bit of disinfectant soap + Absorbine + a good bath.

5/31/2007 6:42:24 PM

I rinse often, but soap once a year

5/31/2007 6:19:45 PM

The aluminum sprayer wand cuts bathing time in half!

5/31/2007 6:19:08 PM

Ater a hot and sweaty ride in the summer....never in the winter in Wisconsin!

5/31/2007 6:18:36 PM

Rinse off when sweaty, but bathe monthly except winter.

5/31/2007 6:12:16 PM

During winter...only clean the white parts that show on my paint.

5/31/2007 5:57:36 PM

White? Use Shimmer Lights for humans works best!

5/31/2007 5:53:53 PM

i bathe my TB only in summer. she's hardy but i'm careful. groom after or hair sticks up as it dries

5/31/2007 5:38:32 PM

Baths? I thought that was what the rain was for...

5/31/2007 5:32:03 PM

I use an antimicrobial wash at the beginning of the very hot days and groom frequently before and af

5/31/2007 5:21:43 PM

montly during the summer months only

5/31/2007 4:57:23 PM

only if they are lathering from sweat

5/31/2007 4:32:31 PM

Usually when she really needs it.

5/31/2007 4:26:36 PM

Rinse him off every time I ride

5/31/2007 4:23:22 PM

Rinse sweat off only; shampoo only for shows. Coats look great!

5/31/2007 4:09:53 PM

Unless it's a real special ocassion, I only hose to get the dirt out

5/31/2007 4:00:06 PM

During show season, a full bath once a week - & a hose down with just water after every sweaty ride.

5/31/2007 3:57:20 PM

equines on pasture usually just need good currying and brushing and stay really healthy

5/31/2007 3:28:25 PM

I only bathe for shows. I just rinse them off after a sweaty work.

5/31/2007 2:54:14 PM

There is no substitute for correct grooming, manes/tails washed regularly, baths when really necess/

5/31/2007 2:54:10 PM

I use a power washer, and my horses LOVE it. Like a shower massage!

5/31/2007 2:48:21 PM

Well more than that but less than monthly....living in Canada and all !

5/31/2007 2:34:18 PM

i don't use shampoo or other bathing products weekly, just a good hose down with water

5/31/2007 2:22:18 PM

soap about every two weeks, water only after every ride

5/31/2007 1:53:29 PM

ask me WHAT TIME OF YEAR...we nevr bathe in the winter...it's way too cold!!

5/31/2007 1:43:56 PM

in summer 1X per week though I may hose off more frequently

5/31/2007 1:30:53 PM

Most of the time I just hose them off to rinse off sweat

5/31/2007 1:20:16 PM

when really dirtybefore going to a show

5/31/2007 1:07:05 PM

Never in Winter. Sum. only. 2 drops of soap in water bucket. Lather & Rinse thoroughly

5/31/2007 1:01:25 PM

Portable Hott Wash! Warm water makes baths go so much easier!

5/31/2007 12:58:44 PM

in the summer, none in winter

5/31/2007 12:55:20 PM

Soap 1 p/week,water/rinse only after working in hopes of not removing too much natural oils

5/31/2007 12:52:14 PM

baby soap from the knees and hocks down only. tails once a season

5/31/2007 12:52:03 PM

In the summer, I rinse the sweat off with plain water, but rarely bathe with soap.

5/31/2007 12:51:22 PM

as needed, depending on work/weather/etc

5/31/2007 12:47:31 PM

Rinse without soap after work. Bathe with soap depending on "itchy skin" issues or if showing.

5/31/2007 12:44:26 PM

My horses hate baths, they roll in the filthiest part of the pasture after being bathed anyway.

5/31/2007 12:30:56 PM

Suds bath once a week, if he's sweaty & it's warm he gets hosed off.

5/31/2007 12:27:57 PM

I rinse after rides, but rarely shampoo

5/31/2007 12:21:16 PM

use warm water

5/31/2007 12:19:16 PM

EQ solutions is the best foamer and easiest to use. Cut my time by 80%

5/31/2007 12:12:35 PM

as needed after a hard workout/before a show

5/31/2007 12:10:54 PM

5-6 times per year depending on heat factore

5/31/2007 12:06:59 PM

spray shampoos great for legs

5/31/2007 12:01:54 PM

Several times a year usually when going to a competition

5/31/2007 11:48:31 AM

Rinse after every ride in spring/summer/fall; bathe for clinics and shows

5/31/2007 11:47:57 AM

When it is hot I squirt 'em off to cool 'em down but otherwise - not much

5/31/2007 11:38:41 AM

Bath your horse with warm water if possible! They love it.

5/31/2007 11:34:51 AM

it ain't natural!

5/31/2007 11:33:42 AM

2-3X year. I use a mud brush to work in a no suds shampoo

5/31/2007 11:33:10 AM

I rinse him with just water once a month and bathe his mane and tail. Too many baths w/soap is bad.

5/31/2007 11:27:44 AM

summer, every couple days

5/31/2007 11:23:20 AM

Once a month with shampoo - full rinse whenever exercised in warm weather

5/31/2007 11:21:22 AM

Wash in sections, use a sponge, Vet/Horse shampoo and slightly warmed water.

5/31/2007 11:18:34 AM

once every other week

5/31/2007 11:16:15 AM

rinse every time, manes & tails 1 wk

5/31/2007 11:13:45 AM

just before a show soft scrubber our horses love it.

5/31/2007 11:11:08 AM

Vetrolin!! Magic.

5/31/2007 11:08:57 AM

Bathing too often strips the natural oils out of the horses coat and hooves. Give bath for show only

5/31/2007 11:07:46 AM

In summer time,maybe once a month. We mostly rinse off and do sheath cleaning on a reg basis.

5/31/2007 10:56:55 AM

Equi-Wash system, foam on, rinse off.

5/31/2007 10:54:16 AM

shampoo once a week, rinse the other days

5/31/2007 10:51:06 AM

Frequent grooming and good nutrition make my horses shine. I rinse with clear water before a show.

5/31/2007 10:45:20 AM

I wash them every two weeks and rinse them between.

5/31/2007 10:41:21 AM

rarely with soap, usually just a rinse after riding to help cool down

5/31/2007 10:38:43 AM

during the warm months I will bathe my horses once to twice per week. Tip...I use homemade craft soa

5/31/2007 10:32:35 AM

Rather than using soap, I use diluted Vetrolin which will not cause irritation if not rinsed off.

5/31/2007 10:30:56 AM

they get baths after every ride in the summer.

5/31/2007 10:25:18 AM

Rinse until water runs clear off the underbelly.

5/31/2007 10:23:07 AM

Once a month during the summer but not at all in the winter. Water is too cold!

5/31/2007 10:20:48 AM

Less in winter - EQ solutions takes less than 30 mins!

5/31/2007 10:15:19 AM

Never start on the horses legs!

5/31/2007 10:13:45 AM

once or twice a month in the summer only due to facilities available

5/31/2007 10:07:50 AM

Usually on Friday before the weekend shows.

5/31/2007 10:07:35 AM

I hose my horse after evey workout (about 6X week) but only bathe him occassionally with soap.

5/31/2007 10:06:07 AM

I hose him off after rides, but do not use shampoo often

5/31/2007 10:04:25 AM

Rinse, rinse, rinse!

5/31/2007 10:04:21 AM

Only to get the grime off, I don't use soap.

5/31/2007 9:56:49 AM

Most of the time I just rinse them off as shampoos will deplete their natural oils.

5/31/2007 9:48:02 AM

Dawn w/Oxyclean whitens socks, manes, tails

5/31/2007 9:45:47 AM

Orvis is an excellent all round shampoo

5/31/2007 9:36:11 AM

I shower her daily in the summer to cool her, but only use soap on occasion

5/31/2007 9:35:43 AM

Just misting them with the hose and brush helps cool them off tremendously!

5/31/2007 9:35:26 AM

After every hot ride, plus I wet them down daily when I fill the water trough.

5/31/2007 9:33:26 AM

Only in the warmer months....

5/31/2007 9:31:30 AM

I don' bath at all in Michigan winters. Go to about 4 shows in the summer and bath before each.

5/31/2007 9:30:27 AM

often in the summer to help cool down, never in cold weather no matter how dirty (outside horses)

5/31/2007 9:28:30 AM

I hose them off in the heat. I never use shampoos or conditioners

5/31/2007 9:27:06 AM

I purchased a hydro massage nozzel and my horses LOVE it.

5/31/2007 9:26:55 AM

Rinse off nearly ever time ride as in heat of Florida, bubble bath only once a week

5/31/2007 9:24:22 AM

Shower and shave in the sprng and water only rinses in between

5/31/2007 9:22:27 AM

I use a blueing shampoo from a discount Hair dresser's store for my almost white horse.

5/31/2007 9:20:55 AM

Warm water, rinse very, very well. With young horse start with front legs and work up and back. to w

5/31/2007 9:11:57 AM

Winter, almost never-summer, as needed to "de-fly spray"

5/31/2007 9:11:26 AM

rinse more than bathe, especially after sweaty workouts -- do not bathe during cold weather at all

5/31/2007 9:08:55 AM

Always Spring and before cold weather. Will bathe before rare showing.

5/31/2007 9:07:01 AM

1 month, but hosed daily

5/31/2007 9:04:20 AM

Especially after before & after showing and when exercising/working

5/31/2007 9:00:32 AM

the day before a show or trip, usally 2 times a month

5/31/2007 8:52:17 AM

Bathing horses is another projection of human behavior onto horses - careful grooming is healthier

5/31/2007 8:51:53 AM


5/31/2007 8:50:38 AM

I give a full bath with soap before a show but the horses are hosed rinsed off after a work out.

5/31/2007 8:50:05 AM

To start a young one early to bathe is better in the long run

5/31/2007 8:47:59 AM

We use Dawn original dish detergent--cuts oil but is gentle

5/31/2007 8:46:27 AM

more if showing or traveling

5/31/2007 8:43:54 AM

Bathe outside! They seem much more relaxed!

5/31/2007 8:36:05 AM

I bathe with conditoning afterwards. Soap is maild and has anti microb in it.

5/31/2007 8:33:59 AM

He lives out and I don't show - rain and mud are what he wants and gets.

5/31/2007 8:32:23 AM


5/31/2007 8:29:02 AM

about once a month when it is not too cold ouf

5/31/2007 8:25:33 AM

they are hosed off almost daily in our hot summer w/ plain water

5/31/2007 8:20:24 AM

Usually just hose them off, only use shampoo when manes & tails are sticky or we have a show.

5/31/2007 8:11:06 AM

I don't bath in cold weather

5/31/2007 8:08:32 AM

only during the summer though

5/31/2007 8:05:43 AM

Rain works well

5/31/2007 7:43:37 AM

between once a month and once a year

5/31/2007 7:39:17 AM

Once a month from May to Sept/October.

5/31/2007 7:37:42 AM

Full bath, only for show/public appearrance ~ rinse off's after riding/hot days

5/31/2007 7:36:38 AM

during show season.

5/31/2007 7:35:30 AM

Imlike to give a good bath with medicated shampoo in the spring

5/31/2007 7:23:56 AM

I do rinse him several times a weeek in the summer,but do not use soap!

5/31/2007 7:15:50 AM

Hosed daily in hot weather, full bath about once/week.

5/31/2007 7:14:51 AM

I do rinse them off each day. They like to play in the water hose.

5/31/2007 7:13:46 AM

He is hosed off daily after working, soap and water every few days as he is a grey.

5/31/2007 7:12:12 AM

Normally just before shows

5/31/2007 7:11:51 AM

Rinse after a sweaty work-out and full bath before shows.

5/31/2007 7:11:26 AM

only in prep for a show - rest of time I just rinse - keeps coats glossy

5/31/2007 6:57:05 AM

as needed!

5/31/2007 6:49:56 AM

They aren't kept ultra clean. They are allowed to be horses.

5/31/2007 6:36:44 AM

I use Oxyclean and other whiteners to keep his mane and tail white. He gets more baths in show seas

5/31/2007 6:35:48 AM

usually only when getting ready for a fun show. Sometimes to cool them off when really hot.

5/31/2007 6:34:02 AM

field horses never, saddle horses get bathed after a ride. I should bathe them more.

5/31/2007 6:27:49 AM

I rinse with clean water after riding, but no bathing

5/31/2007 6:09:48 AM

Groom first, warm rinse, put soap in warm water bucket and sponge on working into coat, good rinse

5/31/2007 5:30:56 AM

I use the foamer, it works good with any equine shampoo, it's fast, easy to use and gets them clean.

5/31/2007 4:59:00 AM

rinse w/plain water before and after riding

5/31/2007 3:59:35 AM

only for shows and competitions

5/31/2007 3:16:01 AM

only for shows

5/31/2007 2:30:42 AM

I'll rinse sweat off , or just sponge with plain water. I'll soap3 times a year

5/31/2007 2:09:20 AM

rinse, rinse, rinse to get all soap out.

5/31/2007 2:00:45 AM

In Phoenix AZ. it's hot and my horse enjoys the water, it helps with the flys and cools both us off.

5/31/2007 1:31:33 AM

EZ All! It's easy!

5/31/2007 1:09:46 AM

Rinse horses as needed to preserve natural oils in their coats, shampoo only areas soiled.

5/31/2007 1:08:06 AM

I hose off my mare after we ride if she is sweaty, but I seldom do full on bath with shampoo

5/31/2007 1:00:24 AM

I rinse my horses with just plain water, but shampoo if there is heavy dirt/sweat accumulations

5/31/2007 12:58:54 AM

monthly with soap, daily with plain water

5/31/2007 12:58:28 AM

Broodmares twice a month, to wash away fly spray and dirt and start fresh.. they love it!

5/31/2007 12:40:45 AM

In warmer weather if they get really sweaty, they get a bath

5/31/2007 12:36:44 AM

hose w/water only as needed for exess sweat

5/31/2007 12:36:38 AM

only if showing etc

5/31/2007 12:25:28 AM

rinse, rinse and condition

5/31/2007 12:21:32 AM

after every ride or when i see they look a little dirty

5/31/2007 12:11:00 AM

Plenty of rain to wash him off. Rinse only if sweating.

5/31/2007 12:00:54 AM

Pick a warm day

5/31/2007 12:00:44 AM

AS NEEDED unless it is below 70 outside

5/30/2007 11:50:12 PM

careful and thorough brushing keep my horses coats clean and shiny.

5/30/2007 11:43:25 PM

I have found that if I use warm water, my mare stands completely still

5/30/2007 11:42:24 PM

Never unless a medicated bath is needed. Just rinse as necessary.

5/30/2007 11:33:53 PM

Once a year with shampoo but several plain water rinses to get sweat off

5/30/2007 11:26:12 PM

in the winter, weather permitting manes.tails are done, summer same but whole body no soap

5/30/2007 11:06:09 PM

my pinto hated her bath ,I think Iwill try again in a couple of days.

5/30/2007 9:45:24 PM

night before the show

5/30/2007 5:02:46 PM

between 2 and 3 times a year

5/30/2007 3:54:44 PM

I heard that the less you bathe them the better their coat will be..

5/30/2007 3:12:51 PM

hosing when necessary; suds about once a month

5/30/2007 2:38:00 PM

Be sure to rinse out all of the soap

5/30/2007 2:29:05 PM

I give him a cool shower after every ride, but only shampoo once a week or so. We're in Arizona.

5/30/2007 2:21:42 PM

actual bath 1 or 2 times a yr, otherwise I rinse them off ea time I ride unless below freezing

5/30/2007 1:47:26 PM

Gentle water spray,not too cold

5/30/2007 1:45:56 PM

During Summer only. The new shampoo bottle that hooks to your hose makes bathing so much easier!

5/30/2007 1:30:14 PM

hardly ever...he really don't needs it.

5/30/2007 10:19:07 AM

put hoof dressing on before bathing

5/30/2007 12:16:50 AM

keep calm:

5/29/2007 11:57:45 PM

Only as needed

5/29/2007 5:32:03 PM

true bath only for shows, but I hose off sweat after rides

5/29/2007 5:21:46 PM

Brush, brush, brush

5/29/2007 5:02:15 PM

Corona shampoo is worth every penny!

5/29/2007 4:36:44 PM

Long tail washed in a bucket!

5/29/2007 3:02:33 PM

when swety after ride, if weather warm

5/29/2007 2:16:03 PM

only before a show, though we hose after riding if sweaty

5/29/2007 2:07:47 PM

rinse when sweaty, use as little soap as possible so not to strip natural oils from skin & coat!

5/29/2007 1:05:24 PM