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  • Best process for removing caked-on mud

    Since it's been raining non-stop here in Texas when it does stop, the horses promptly roll in the mud. And my horse seems to take extreme joy in this process. Since he's a skinny boy and its getting to be chilly out, bathing him is no longer an option. And as the winter draws closer and closer I'm quickly finding that bathing him really will be off the table in all shapes and forms.

    Any suggestions on how to remove the mud without water? I have a scraper (like a shedding blade) and it seems to get the job done. However, my horse is also very sensitive and gets very "ouchy" with the blade.

    Any hints or tips and tricks will be greatly appreciated!!!!

  • #2
    I use one of these except mine has smaller, more flexible fingers. It's more of the "face" version of this one. Works great! Especially for long winter coats.

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    • #3
      I've found that getting dry mud off is easier than trying to scrape away at the wet stuff. Curry comb, shed blade, etc then stiff brush seems to work best for me, even with a winter fur coat!


      • #4
        I like a rice root brush for knocking back the mud. and I agree, its best done when the mud is dry. I also am eagerly anticipating the arrival of my new shop vac, I love to vacuum long winter coats!
        Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


        • #5
          I find that the woven nylon dish scrungies for cleaning dishes works really well. I've been buying and using them since the early 90's when a friend in the UK gave me one to take mud off horses legs after hunting. They are about 2" thick and 4" across. I have a few yellow ones that are original.

          Don't know what they actually called, but they look like donuts without a middle hole, but do have a center depression where the end is before it's rolled, if that makes sense.

          You can find them at a supermarket or grocery near the sponges, but they are about 2"x2" for smaller hands-great for kids and their ponies, but sometimes you can find the larger ones, better for big horses and areas. I use mine every day after Harry's been out rolling in the little bit of mud he can find, usually on his cheeks, neck, knees, hocks etc. He gets his supper, and when I go out about an hour later, it's all dried on, and I can just lightly brush the donut over it, and it flakes right off. Great on sensitive and clipped horses because it takes so little pressure to flick off the mud.

          Hope this helps. Dinah


          • #6
            Shed Flower! They work awesomely at getting off dried mud without bothering my sensitive little sorrel.
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            • Original Poster

              Cool! I will have to try some fo these ideas out. Plus, I sometimes am a little ADHD and I don't want to groom my poor beast for an hour. I want to RIDE!


              • #8
                wait for it to dry, take a shedding blade to the majority of it, then curry the rest out. finish with a flicker brush and voila! a (sort of) clean horse!
                Who needs wings when you've got a jumper?


                • #9
                  i start with the shedding blade too,the one you can pull out and switch the blade length, i switch it over to the shorter nubs(seems more gentle) and then use my jelly scrubber...love it!!


                  • #10
                    Is it time for a whole 'nother thread about....

                    wait for it....

                    Ye Olde CACTUS CLOTH?!?

                    It could be. Do a search. If you still think you need to here more from me about mud and the cactus cloth, just let me know.
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                    • #11
                      I use a mteal curry to get the worst off and then vacume off the rest! If you dont have a regular horse vac, a shop vac will do!


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by the_other_mother View Post
                        I use a mteal curry to get the worst off and then vacume off the rest! If you dont have a regular horse vac, a shop vac will do!
                        How do you use it? I tried it after seeing a suggestion for it on this board and it was WAY too strong, I could barely pull it along my horse's coat as it just stuck in place. I used the wider attachment (maybe 6 inches?).
                        Who needs wings when you've got a jumper?


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by SarahandSam View Post
                          Shed Flower! They work awesomely at getting off dried mud without bothering my sensitive little sorrel.
                          Yep, this was going to be my recommendation as well. The only bad thing about it as opposed to the shedding blade is you are holding it right in your hand instead of holding the handle so much of the dust and dirt goes onto you. That has always been my unofficial method of horse cleaning anyway, I take the dirt off them, put it on me and we are finished so no big deal.
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                          • #14

                            Originally posted by VarsityHero4 View Post
                            wait for it to dry, take a shedding blade to the majority of it, then curry the rest out. finish with a flicker brush and voila! a (sort of) clean horse!
                            DITTO ~ What VarsityHero said.
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                            • #15
                              Then put a sheet on him.


                              • #16
                                I guess a curry comb has become a thing of the past?
                                "Capture the horse's confidence to obtain his consent." -General L'Hotte


                                • #17
                                  But the horse is SKINNY so he won't like metal and/or rubber curry combs!

                                  Cactus cloth.
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                                  • #18
                                    after the curry, brush, repeat, use a damp towel and rub the horse down. The dust sticks to the damp towel, I swear after this my mare looks like she's had a bath. Another thought is to groom daily if possible 2x per day, it you don't let it build it will come off a lot easier.
                                    “It's about the horse and that's it.” - GM

                                    !! is the new .


                                    • #19
                                      I guess I was lucky, when I lived in muddy CT, the horse would have been inside for several hours by the time I got there, so all the mud was dry. I would break out my little Eureka canister style home vacuum, and within 10 minutes, I had a shiny horse, and no dust in my nose. The luck part was that the mud was dried by the time I got to the barn.

                                      It was rather comical, he would usually be muddy only on one side, so I would get to the barn, think he was clean, and then he would move and show me is "adobe" side. . . out would come the vacuum.
                                      There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


                                      • #20
                                        I just picked up a new rubber nubby wash mit at TSC yesterday for $1.79 on sale.


                                        I worked better than anything...even on Katie lol! My hands are so bad right now that holding anything for a long period of time is nearly impossible. So the glove works great for me and the horses love it...even on their faces and legs.
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