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Well, i really want to bathe my horse for a horse show tomorrow, and we ...
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    Lowest temperature for bathing?

    Well, i really want to bathe my horse for a horse show tomorrow, and we have hot water and cool water, now it will be around 50s today, would it be ok if i bathed him in warmmm water and put a sheet or cooler on him? (he has a pretty fuzzy coat if that helps )
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    Yes, personaly i would say it's okay. Just remember to have a cooler handy. My horse won't be bothered for bathing untill low fourties. He doesn't shiver at all (freak!). But I personaly don't like to bath at under 50. We have hot water though *yay*
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    I have bathed my horse only when it is in the high 60' to 70 degrees, and with hot water, and she still gets the shivers before I am done....unless you have heat lamps on the barn, I would not bathe a horse with a winter coat....it he was body clipped, he would dry faster, it would not be as bad...Cathy
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    Hmmm...I'd say it should be okay as long as you use warm water, walk him around in the sun under a cooler until he's dry, then sheet or blanket him. You could also utilize a heat lamp and let them stand under it during the bath and while he's drying if you have one. Just so you know, the winter fuzzies will increase the time it takes to dry him off. If you have a lot of shows this winter and will need to bathe, I'd suggest thinking about a body clip.

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    It's fine to wash hm, if it is really cold as well as putting an irish knit on , put a sheet over that and hop on and ride him, while he drys to keep hime from geting too cold.
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    can you guys change that to Centigrade for me? what would be the minimum temperature you bath at with and without a winter coat?

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    Think of it this way, at what temp would you not want to be hosed down with warm water while wearing a thick wool jumpsuit, and then have to stand around wrapped in a sheet until you dried?

    I like it to be at least 60 before I bath them. If you have a heated wash room and heat lamps or if he were body clipped you might be able to pull it off, but there are just too many factors for him to be comfortably bathed.

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    what I'd do is take a sponge and dip it in a bucket of hot water and ring it out and then quickly wipe down his body. It'll take enough of the surface dirt off and you won't have to fool around with a cooler and stuff. Then I would walk and trot your horse to dry the horse off, then you're good to go. If your horse has a lot of white or is grey then you may just want to do a spot wash and then get a blow dryer out. I had to give my horse a bath everyday for two weeks in the winter because they thought she had a fungus, nope nope. So I just spot washed the areas put a towel over her back and then pulled up on sections of the towel to dry her. so where she was wet she was always covered. then when she was done she got to go outside. Now it was in the 30s and 40s and I had to heat the water in the microwave. LOL that was not fun, my hands were numb and I just had to take care of my horsey.

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    I never bath under 60 degrees, it's too cold under that. Evem with hot water... Take a damp sponge and clean him that way, a full body bath is not a good idea IMO.
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    Ok people, here is a question

    A horse stands in the middle of a rain/sleet storm neked. Do you run and go OH NO, GET HIM DRY GET HIM DRY?

    or do you stand at the window going STUPID, there is a LEAN TO 5 FEET OVER????

    if your horse needs the bath, then do it. no worse than them standing in the rain.

    We just got done washing several horses this morning that had PF. My horse was SOAKED when I was done since we ruptured his last abcess. Got a full bath before turning loose. ...WET and it was 45 degrees when I was done.
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