How to Wash a Horse Properly

How to Wash a Horse

Unlike cleaning a horse, which should be done daily and on which the hygiene and health of the animal primarily depends, many horse breeders call washing optional and recommend not to abuse it.

At the same time, in some cases (especially with severe pollution), one cannot do without a water procedure. Therefore, it is important to know how to carry it out correctly (safe for humans and harmless to animals).


In general terms, we can say that the horse should be washed only when there is no way to clean it. At the same time, in cold weather, this procedure is categorically undesirable, in warm (and even more so hot), it is necessary to adhere to a number of important recommendations.

Regardless of where the horse will be washed (in a pond or in a stall – from a container), the breeder will need:

  • special shampoo;
  • washcloth;
  • water scraper.

There are many tips on the internet on which chemicals are best for horses. For the most part, the result of following them becomes problems for the animal. Hence the conclusion: only specialized shampoo, developed by reliable manufacturers specifically for horses, and only in a trusted store.

It must be remembered that, contrary to popular belief, horses are not at all water-loving animals. They need to be retrained after long breaks in bathing. During the first procedure, warm (26-30 degrees) water should be used, and then gradually reduce it to the recommended 16-20 degrees.

Lower temperatures (especially on “hot” horses) are fraught with serious health problems.


If it is necessary to wash the horse, the procedure should not be extended in time: all operations should take a maximum of 10 minutes. In this case, drafts are strictly prohibited. Also, do not place the animal in the shade.

A few steps are enough for wet cleaning:

  • wet the horse’s skin;
  • apply shampoo with a washcloth;
  • carry out cleaning actions;
  • wash off the chemistry with enough water;
  • remove excess moisture with a special scraper;
  • additionally dry the head with a dry washcloth.

The tasks of the breeder do not end there. He should place the horse “in the sun”, and in cloudy weather – walk it at a leisurely pace until it dries completely, after putting on a special blanket. Putting a “wet” horse in a stall is fraught with serious colds and skin diseases.


Daily bathing of horses is only permitted in very warm weather. In this case, shampoos are recommended to be used no more than once a week.

With systematic washing, special attention should be paid to the condition of the skin: active washing out of the fatty coating can lead to dryness and various kinds of peeling.

Washing the feet is a separate line in hygiene: it should be done after each walk of the animal to prevent dirt from drying out or injury from other foreign objects.


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