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  1. #1
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    Default Bathing a horse without a hose? Cornstarch results are in!

    I'm supposed to me taking my long haired shaggy mud magnet, currently a delicate shade of sh1t brown, out for lessons tomorrow.

    It is now warm here, though the snow is still laying around in places. The deep well pump has packed up so we are on very limited water, I think hosing will be frowned on, how do I bath and get rid of soap residue without a hose?
    Last edited by KBC; Mar. 17, 2012 at 08:48 PM.
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    I would suggest a dry bath with corn starch- (Same thing in dry shampoo) lots of brushing and if the horse will stand it a shop vac.



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    You need two or three buckets and a couple of sponges. Add a sponge and a tiny amount of shampoo to one half full bucket. Use that to wash the horse, and the clean sponge/water to rinse.

    Or if horse has a short/clipped coat, you could hot towel- get a bucket of hot water and a few clean dish towels. Dip the towel in the water, wring it out well and rub horse. Keep going with a clean bit of towel until horse is cleaned.
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    Bucket of water and a big sponge. Get the sponge wet, but not completely dripping. Clean an area, rinse the sponge, repeat. Do-over with a clean bucket(s) of water as necessary.
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    This afternoon I tried the cornstarch, and as the shop vac was busy, in the shop, it was a lot of elbow grease, and then the Dyson well it's called the Animal for a reason I guess.

    I'm quite impressed with the results

    http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=283b3af7.pbw
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy View Post
    This afternoon I tried the cornstarch, and as the shop vac was busy, in the shop, it was a lot of elbow grease, and then the Dyson well it's called the Animal for a reason I guess.

    I'm quite impressed with the results

    http://s211.photobucket.com/albums/b...t=283b3af7.pbw
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    That's your definition of a dirty horse? I guess lesson horses are different than trail horses, doubt my animals have ever been cleaner than your 'before' pics. Stiff brush the tack areas...........then ride.
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    LOL, if we are just riding at home I do just get a clean space to put his tack, if we are going out for lessons, we like to be clean.
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    OK, but will that method work on a dark horse? Mine's a bay.



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    I don't know, but it will make him feel soft and silky feeling
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    Cornstarch??? Wow that takes me back almost forty years. (Geezus I'm getting old!) When my sister and I were in 4-h we used corn starch when the weather was crappy and we were going to a parade or show with our horses. I also used some type of bluing agent my mom had for getting whites whiter on my horses tail. Took the yellow tinge right out.

    Your guy is a cutey! Love the expressions on his face.

    ps to the bay owner, it does work on dark horses, but you really need to brush or vacuum to get the powder out.
    Last edited by Gestalt; Mar. 18, 2012 at 07:21 PM. Reason: added ps
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