Bathing your horse is important for both the horse and the owner, especially in the case of people that suffer from allergens. Obviously, the ideal is to have someone that is not allergic do this job but if this is not possible, make sure to wear rubber gloves, a facemask, goggles and a scarf on your head. The information provided on how to bathe your horse here is very brief so you will want to ask your veterinarian to give your more insight on the subject. Make sure to use a PH balanced shampoo for horses. Mix the shampoo with warm water in a bucket. Begin by hosing down the horse with warm water all over down to the skin (don't wet its head though, horses don't appreciate it). Make sure to also wet the area around and under the horse's anus and between the hind legs as well as the tail.
Use a big sized sponge to apply the shampoo starting meticulously up the front legs over to the shoulders, then the neck and mane and work down towards the back, down the flanks and hind legs, then under the horse's body and between its legs. You can use the bucket of water to submerge the tail. At this point you will want to work through the tail with your fingers into the longer hair down to the skin. It's best if you continue wetting and adding shampoo to keep the horse's hair sudsy. If your horse is very dirty, you will need to rinse it off and shampoo a second time. As we mentioned earlier horses don't really enjoy having their heads washed off. The easiest way to handle this is by using a bucket with warm sudsy water with a little bit of shampoo in it and washing the face and head gently with a clean sponge. Use another bucket with fresh clean water and another sponge to rinse it off. Make sure you wring it out frequently to get all the suds off.
After you have finished lathering the horse's body rinse it off with a hose. The best way to achieve this is by starting at the back of the horse. This can be done with a hose or a bucket of warm water and a clean sponge. Make sure to rinse off the whole body (don't forget the stomach). Rinse as many times as necessary until the water comes out clear. This is important because leaving shampoo on the horse's skin can cause itching and irritation. Pay special attention to the tail that will need to be worked on more because of the thick hair. Remember to not hose down the horse's face, this should be done with another clean sponge and a bucket of water. After you have finished rinsing off the horse, you should apply a product to control dander. (Consult with your veterinarian about this). To dry the horse off, use a clean towel and blot any remaining water around the eyes and ears. For the body, use a clean big sponge and wipe the excess water from the horse's body and legs and squeeze the sponge out repeatedly. For the final touch dry the body and legs with a clean dry towel to bring out shine.
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