There are a few things that are essential in a horse grooming kit, and one of these is a washcloth. These are convenient, easy-to-use, and you can always have multiple at hand. Here are multiple common uses of washcloths at the barn.
A damp washcloth can be used to wipe down anything, including horse tack. This will help remove any hair, and surface dirt equipment. You can also use the cloth to shine up stirrups, belt buckles, bits, and everything else. Using a paste or thick soap can cover up the dirt instead of removing it, so a washcloth is a better alternative.
With a washcloth, you can wipe the nose and lips of your horse. Any boogers or slobber will easily be removed. You should wipe the nostrils and lips of your horse every day, so it always looks and feels nice! After wiping, you will also have a smooth surface to put on sunscreen and check for scrapes or bumps. With a clean face, it will be easy to see any sores or scrapes on the horse.
A washcloth is also great for actually washing the horse’s face, instead of spraying them with water. With a cloth, you can be extra specific with what part of the face you are washing. Wrap this cloth around a finger or two to do some targeted cleaning of any stubborn spots.
Cleaning around the barn.
A washcloth is not only great for your horse, but also for you. Shelves, lockers, trunks can all be easily cleaned with this cloth. You can set up three buckets for fresh water, cleaner and rinsing. Then just use a few washcloths to keep your barn looking nice and shiny.
Horse tack trunks tend to get super dusty every few days. If this is a problem you relate to, then you can just use a washcloth to wipe off any dirt to keep everything tidy.
Muck tubs can be delicate, and some materials in it can be damaged by abrasive sponges or brushes. Instead, use a washcloth to clean the tubs and buckets you have for your horse to prevent scratches.
Drying the horse’s lower legs.
After a competition, a shower, or just a run through a stream, you must dry your horse’s legs. This will help prevent any scratches and other dermatitis problems. A washcloth can be handy to keep around for any quick drying.
Hot toweling the horse in the winter.
Using a washcloth is a good way to “steam clean” your horse in the winter. The size of these cloths makes this very easy. Just use a cloth in clean water and then place it in the rinse bucket when it becomes dirty. You can do this whenever you are cleaning around the barn to finish two things at once.
As you can see, washcloths are very convenient, and best of all, they come in all colors and textures. They are super easy to find and don’t take up a lot of space, so get cleaning!