From the article: Grooming Tips
Do you have a way to put a special shine on your horse's coat or detangle an unruly mane? Share your grooming tips here! Share Your Tips
- Visit a beauty supply store for whitening shampoo (the blue and purple stuff) -- it costs about a third of what the horse-specific type costs. Works great!
- —Guest fashgirl
Don't buy a grey horse
- Okay that's a bit harsh, and speaking as a woman who has only ever owned grey horses, I don't take my own advice. :-) Seriously, though, I have two things I do to deal with my pee-stained baby: 1. mild dishwashing soap. He soaks in it, just like those old commercials. Dawn really does make him whiter and it doesn't bother his skin. 2. learn to love being a slob. Except when I'm showing (which isn't often with a 4-month-old son), I've learned to not mind the look of a dirty grey horse. He gets baths whenever he's ridden, but if the stain won't come out, I don't worry about it. I'd rather just love him as he is - and he loves his "pee baths".
- —Guest Jenn
- Keep a package of baby wipes in your tack box for quick clean ups on both you and your horse.
Don't Forget the Ears
- I think it's really important to remember the ears while you're grooming your horse. It's easy to overlook that step!
- Being a farrier has taught me lots of stuff, one is, if your horse has really soft hooves rub baby oil on them daily, it will repel any water and make them stronger. The second is if your horse has dry or cracked hooves buy some Vitamin E oil walmart has it for like 3 dollars for a little bottle, but I bought mine at the dollar store (dollar general to be exact) and it was a lot cheaper, and put that on their hooves as often as you need to to make their hooves stronger. You can also use this as a hoof-polish before a show since hoof black is bad for their hooves. Also if you really want to use hoof black still, only hoof black their black hooves, if their hooves are white either put some baby oil on them or some hoof clear, because IMO it looks stupid and extremely un-natural when people black white hooves.
- —Guest FarrierGirl
- When cleaning horses hoofs avoid thefrog but also in the middle of the frog is a dent that you can also pickk out but be carful
- —Guest Heretohelp
- A showsheen that i use is made up like this: Get an empty spray bottle, Put 4 tablespoons of cider vinegar, 1/4 cup of baby oil and fill the rest with water. Voila! (Remember to shake before use ;)
- —Guest horsie luva
- Curry a ton. Then a lot of soft brush. It worked for me. Also black.sunflower seeds in their food
- —Guest iz
getting a shiney coat
- all i do is give my horse an egg mixed in his feed every meal, we have our own chickens s o buy from someone you trust. or you can give them a tablespoon of molases in there feed this will however give them more energy.
- —Guest missy
- white socks are hard to keep white. I bathe my mare then after i spray bleach on her white feet. leave for few min then wash off. dont leave on for too long or it will burn her skin! and wallaaa they are white
- —Guest palominolover
put show sheen in the right places
- dont put show sheen on the saddle area it makes it too slippery and then the sweat builds up making a sticky mess of dirt and sweat and show sheen.
- —Guest taylor
- don't use show sheen on your horse because it is actually not good for them it really dries the horses hair out , believe me i am speaking from experience. not to mention it collects dirt the next day or to also it makes them hotter it not bathed the the next day.
- —Guest cowgirls???
using products for shine
- don't use babyoil on hot days it makes your horse hotter and also shaving off eye lashes are not good to do they are for keeping flies partly off also don't dock a horses tail unless you have fly protection on good'
- —Guest cowgirl???
- if you want whiter legs all you have to do is wash the legs and then shave them and there you have it!!!!! i shave his every month when showinga and all i have left to do is just use a soft brush and viola!!!!!
- —Guest horse love
A shiny body after bathing
- I find that using bronco fly spray after a bath really makes your horse soft, smooth, and shiny! After your horse is about half dry, spritz it on and smooth down with the bristle brush. Flies werent on my horse all day!
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