How is it possible that even though we haven’t had any rain for weeks, my baby Bella still manages to get disgustingly dirty? I am a clean freak myself; everything has its place and when you are done with it, clean it up and put it back...EXACTLY where you got it (my husband will tell you I’m just like my mother). Every chance I get, I am down at the barn combing her mane and tail and brushing the dirt out of her coat. But there is nothing that beats a good sudsy soak. When it’s warm (correction hot) outside, you don’t want to go up and give your horse a bath in the hot sun. The horse can go into shock from the cold water on their skin. It’d be like you being outside in the heat and sun all day, and going off the high dive into a pool full of ice water.
I like to take Bella to a cool, shaded area under the trees for some relief. I let her eat some grass and chill out in the shade for a bit before I give her the suds. Brushing the excess dirt and chunks of mud out of her mane, tail, and body beforehand allows the wash to be easier and gets the horse cleaner. Just like a car, rinse off the whole body with water straight from the hose or you can use a water wand, and then go back and shampoo. I like to use Mane ‘N Tail & Body Shampoo in conjunction with the Roma Two Sided Massage Jelly Scrub. After a good sudsy soak, rinse the soap off the horse. I like to have Bella air dry. While drying, spray the mane and tail with a good detangler, my fav is Mane ‘N Tail Detangler. Spray directly on the mane and tail then work the product through with your fingers, and then brush the entire mane and tail.
Now for me, I like to braid Bella’s mane when I’m all done just to make the look complete. And VOILA! I now have a good clean horse...that is, until I put her back in the lot and she rolls in the dirt! Rhonda