Every minute we spend with our horse is an opportunity to bond with them. Horses love to be groomed, and they will show their appreciation with the relaxed look in their eye or a twitch of their nose as you scratch that itchy spot. Some horses don’t like to be bathed, while others love it. Those horses that tense up at the sight of the hose can be persuaded to change their mind about what they think of a bath just by doing a few things to ease their minds.
Here are some tips to make the bathing experience a pleasant one
- Don’t use water that is too hot or two cold. Horses prefer water that is room temperature to lukewarm.
- Start at your horse’s feet and work up. Don’t just turn the hose full blast on your horse’s body. Start with his lower legs and slowly move up his legs to his belly, sides, neck and, last, back.
- Don’t get water in your horse’s ears, eyes or up their nose. If your horse really doesn’t want his face sprayed, use a sponge instead.
- If you use a sprayer, put it on a soft setting.
4 Steps to Demineralize Your Horse’s Coat, Mane and Tail
- Begin by bathing your horse thoroughly with COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Shampoo, then rinse thoroughly.
- Using just a small amount of COWBOY MAGIC® Rosewater Conditioner, which is specifically designed to remove mineral and chemical build up, massage it into your horse’s mane, tail and coat.
- On your horse’s body, work your hands in a circular motion to massage the conditioner into the hair until it begins to lather. This will loosen and dissolve the minerals and chemicals in the hair. You can also dilute it at a ratio of 20 parts water to 1 part conditioner and sponge it over your horse’s body.
- Then rinse and scrape away the excess water. As your horse dries, you will see the results. Your horse’s coat will be soft and shiny, and his mane and tail will be easy to comb through.