Yes, like any other animal (including the human being) the horse is exposed daily to the dirt of the environment, an environment that is also full of virus and bacteriaIt's that they can seriously affect your health. As you know, vaccines for horses can protect your pet from many diseases, but proper daily hygiene of your body is an extra barrier to protect your health and well-being.
Logically, a horse must bathe with higher or lower frequency depending on your physical activity. The greater the exercise, the greater the frequency of bathing. Thus, veterinarians advise bathing daily to the horses that exercise a lot - races, jumps, walks ... - and once a week to those horses who, due to their state of health, age or physical condition, do little physical exercise.
The cleaning kit of your horse
Depending on your budget, in specialized stores you will find a wide variety of instruments that will help you maintain the daily and weekly hygiene of your pet. They are quite useful for keeping your horse's hair and skin in perfect magazine condition. Some of the so-called "basic" are the following:
- He root brush: a brush usually made of wood with hard and long bristles. It is used to remove the remains of manure and mud daily and before bathing.
- The brush: similar to the root brush, but with much softer bristles. The most common models are wood or leather, although there are also plastic ones, cheaper, but not very durable. It is used to eliminate sweat and surface dust and is used mainly in the area of the tail and the mane.
- The currycomb: a small hand brush used to apply the soap on the fleshy parts of the animal's body (do not use it to clean the bony parts such as the legs or the snout). This instrument has a double function: effectively remove dirt and give a relaxing massage to your best friend.
How to bathe a horse
The main purpose of the bathroom is remove all the remains of earth, mud, leaf litter, manure and sweat that have adhered to the skin and hair of your pet. The second purpose - and no less important - is to provoke a feeling of pleasure, relaxation and tranquility. A good and relaxed bath session will strengthen the bonds that bind you to your pet. He or she will feel pampered and loved. What else can you ask for a good mascotero?
The tips Basic to properly bathe your horse are the following:
1. Previous ride: It is not advisable to start the bath just when the animal finishes exercising. At that time the horse is nervous and very sweaty. The sudden change in temperature when applying the water can be detrimental to your health and, in addition, nothing pleasant. So, before starting the bathing session, we advise you to take a small and quiet walk. 2. A good brushing before: If you pass the mane brush through your hairy hair before bathing you will be able to remove most of the mud, dirt and possible excrement. In addition, you will untangle her hair and drag those remains of litter that, then, with soap and water, will become a sticky ball that is very difficult to remove. For this pre-bath phase, use the roots brush and the witch. 3. Use warm water: Do not believe that, because you are big, your horse will not be impressed by the icy water, especially in the middle of winter. In addition, warm water will soften dirt remnants more easily and take less time to finish the session. 4. Choose the appropriate shampoo:The PH of a horse's skin is not equal to ours. Your specialized store can offer you a wide variety of gels and shampoos that won't harm your pet's skin. Remember to apply the soap with circular movements using your pillow.
5. Finally, a good rinse: It is essential that you make sure that there are no soap left in the equine's body, especially in the areas of the genitals, the anus, the snout and the eyes. To clean the most delicate areas of the body well, experts advise using sponges of different color: one to clean the head area (eye contour, ollars ...) and another for the posterior area (the anus, the genitals) ...)