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Bathing A Horse – What Do You Need?

There are several reasons for bathing a horse.These reasons can range from simply having a muddy, dirty horse to preparing your horse for the show ring.

Bathing a horse isn’t something that the beginner should do without first learning how. Ideally there is an experienced person around happy to lend a hand and show you the ropes.

If not, don’t fret, I will go over the basics here!

Step 1:  Assemble the necessary items.

The last thing you want to do is to be standing there all ready to start giving your horse its bath only to find out you don’t have your shampoo or sponge nearby.

You want to make sure you have your hose out, with a nozzle on it and that the water is on. I love the adjustable nozzles that will let you use different settings for how the water comes out.

bathing a horse - nozzle

                  A handy 8 pattern nozzle

You can use a stronger stream for muddy legs or a fine mist for the face.

This heavy duty, 100% guaranteed nozzle is available through Amazon and provides 8 different patterns/water pressures for different uses.

In fact, it is SUPER handy to buy an expandable garden hose to keep in your trunk. If you keep your own nozzle and hose on hand you don’t need to worry if one will be available when and where you need it!

Besides a hose and nozzle you will need a bucket, shampoo, sponge (a LARGE sponge) and sweat scraper.

There are all kinds of shampoo for many different things.

Color enhancing shampoos are quite popular. I don’t worry too much about these EXCEPT for gray/white horses.

I am always impresses when I see a really white, clean horse. It is no small feat!

My favorite old standby whitener/brightener is Quic Silver shampoo. It was one of the original whitening shampoos  out on the market for bathing a horse.

Whether your whole horse is white or gray, or just has one white sock it would be wise to invest in some Quic Silver!

Another favorite shampoo of mine is Vetrolin Shampoo. Vetrolin is great for bathing a horse.

It has conditioners, Vitamin E, protein and paba sunscreen. It rinses out quickly and easily and leaves your horses coat feeling super soft.

Vetrolin also makes a great liniment. One of the reasons I love this shampoo is that it also leaves your horses’ muscles with a soothing,cooling sensation.

So, if you have a water supply, a hose, a nozzle, a bucket, sponge, shampoo and a sweat scraper (for shedding excess water off afterwards) you should be all ready to get started bathing a horse!