This depends on how often you use them. My horse is kept out in a field, so after grooming him once a day, I’ll put mine in the washing machine once a week – usually at a weekend when I’ve got more time. If you use them more often, for example on a busy competition yard, it’s advisable to wash them once a day.
Wash the bristles under a warm-water tap using a gentle soap such as Ivory dish liquid. Then air-dry, preferably with bristles down (perching the brush at the edge of sink with something on top of the handle to weight it down works well).
Once a week, soak the brush head in a bowl of rubbing alcohol for 1 minute (and don’t rinse). This will kill any remaining bacteria. Make sure to always let your brush head air-dry on a clean towel in a well-ventilated room.
Phenolic disinfectants have an even higher level of activity in organic material. Because they also kill rotavirus and Salmonella, two of the most difficult-to-control infectious diseases, phenols are generally considered the best choice for disinfecting horse barns.25 мая 2014 г.
Disinfecting a Stall
Horses with fever should be immediately isolated. There is no disinfectant that can be safely used on pastures. Water and feed buckets should be daily cleaned with a detergent and disinfected with a phenolic disinfectant, then thoroughly rinsed prior to use.
To Deep-Clean & De-Gunk:
Fill a bowl with lukewarm water and a squirt of shampoo, and gently swirl your brush tip in the water. If you need to, you can also swirl the brush in the palm of your hand to work up a lather. … Use a cloth to wipe your brush clean, reshaping the bristles as you go. Lay your brushes flat on a cloth to dry.
In the absence of wind and moisture, horses tolerate temperatures at or slightly below 0° F. If horses have access to a shelter, they can tolerate temperatures as low as -40° F. But horses are most comfortable at temperatures between 18° and 59° F, depending on their hair coat.
If you want to ride in upper-level competitions, it’s not uncommon for horses to get an intense training session 6 days a week. However, if you just want to keep your horse in a healthy physical condition, riding your horse three times a week for at least 20 minutes at a time can help maintain a good level of health.