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    Default Mud drying/removal tricks?

    As mud season is upon us, I'm in the market for some mud drying/removal tricks that don't take hours upon hours.

    I am boarding quite a distance away so I don't have the luxury (like I used to) of popping out, pulling them in, leaving for a bit/running errands/visiting, going back and brushing off dried mud.

    For the most part, what I'm concerned about are legs/feet because I would really like to get the girls trimmed here in the next week and don't want to dull my rasp.

    I suspect rather soon though, I will also have the full body mud coverage thing going on as blankets come off...so suggestions for that would be good as well.

    I do have water available and could hose....but not on the upper body.

    So do tell. What are the tricks of your trade?
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    I'd love to know, too!

    I put them in a stall to dry for a bit, then groom. If the trimmer's coming I hose the legs, then leave them to dry.

    If there's some secret other technique, please share!



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    A regular every day wet/dry vac. Works if the mud is still wet and clumpy or dry and clumpy.
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    No help without washing them, but I always keep my girls' legs clipped this time of year to avoid mud-balls. Makes it much easier to keep clean when there isn't extra hair for mud to cling to.
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    mistyblue...i have one...but it's currently in use in my basement for the spring thaw. LOL I HAVE used it on them before though....

    Hmmm...thinking...thinking...

    I also thought of getting one of those sham-wow things I've seen on TV.
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    A DRY LOOFAH !!

    The best ever for busting up and turning mud to airborne powder.

    Works like sandpaper on paint.

    Mine seriously grow legs this time of year.....
    I've been doing this for 15 years and don't even look at my brushes or scrapers unti I've gone over his entire body with a loofah.

    The absolute best money I've ever spent.
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    Irish-the drying part is my real problem....how do you get yours dry enough to loofah? Just wait?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    Irish-the drying part is my real problem....how do you get yours dry enough to loofah? Just wait?

    Yeah...mine is back in his stall by Noon so is long past dry by the time I get there.

    A light T/O sheet is probably your next best idea...it will keep the majority of him clean and dry...

    I leave wet/sandy legs alone. Let them dry.

    The actual hoof and sole you can wipe down with a towel, but I will never try to dry a wet muddy leg again.
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    A nylon pot scrubber for dried mud on legs. A COTH tip from long ago. The most brilliant thing ever.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Irish Ei's View Post
    A DRY LOOFAH !!

    The best ever for busting up and turning mud to airborne powder.

    Works like sandpaper on paint.

    Mine seriously grow legs this time of year.....
    I've been doing this for 15 years and don't even look at my brushes or scrapers unti I've gone over his entire body with a loofah.

    The absolute best money I've ever spent.
    Now that's interesting! Will try it!



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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    I also thought of getting one of those sham-wow things I've seen on TV.
    I was JUST going to recommend this! No idea if it would work. If you try it out, be sure to post about it!!



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    Yeah...I might. Because the drying time is my big problem at this point.

    They may just have to be hosed. Not such a big deal when I want to ride and not use wraps. But for trimming they'll just have to get hosed. Unless I wait til the weekend when I can ride and trim in the same outing.

    Ahhh...the troubles...not bad troubles to have though! Means spring is coming! Whoot! And that means Rolex is coming. Whoot. And that means summer is coming. Whoot! double Whoot!
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    I actually bought a Shamwow last week. It is like a big square of felt, I think it is best for soaking up large volumes of liquid. I have a hunch it would NOT be useful for wet mud. I will try it post bath.

    For quick drying of a muddy horse...it might be faster to just hose the horse...and THEN apply Sham wow.

    My 7 yr old son was strangely excited that I had bought a Shamwow, I guess he likes the TV commercials. I came into the living room and caught him with the Shamwow, a bowl and a bottle of Kahlua. He was planning on re-creating the TV ad!!! "NOOOOO....STEP AWAY FROM THE KAHLUA!!!!!!"

    I should add....if body mud is the issue and full hosing not an option, you may want to think about a heavier mesh fly sheet, like a Bid D or Kensington. It will keep most of the mud off the body.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BuddyRoo View Post
    As mud season is upon us, I'm in the market for some mud drying/removal tricks that don't take hours upon hours.

    I am boarding quite a distance away so I don't have the luxury (like I used to) of popping out, pulling them in, leaving for a bit/running errands/visiting, going back and brushing off dried mud.

    For the most part, what I'm concerned about are legs/feet because I would really like to get the girls trimmed here in the next week and don't want to dull my rasp.

    I suspect rather soon though, I will also have the full body mud coverage thing going on as blankets come off...so suggestions for that would be good as well.

    I do have water available and could hose....but not on the upper body.

    So do tell. What are the tricks of your trade?
    I just ride/lunge first, and the legs dry in the arena.



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