Still too long!
For white socks use Curash baby powder. Mix up powder with water to make paste. Paint it onto the sock and allow to dry - approx 5min - then bandage .
Remove bandage the next day just before showing and lightly brush the powder out. Fantastic result. I used it on the week-end on a Welsh Foal.
Sorbolene Cream with Tea Tree oil is great for getting the knots out of unruly manes and tails and it also Eliminates static electricity when itís windy.
It has been recommended to us that after we use Blackit our horses hooves on comp day, spray them with hair spray. Apparently it helps to prevent dust from sticking to the Blackit and it just wipes off. We have used it a couple of times
and it seems to work.
I have a horse with scars on his hind legs. These are made less obvious by "exfoliating" the dead skin off the surface- using a plastic curry comb to make the skin as smooth as possible then rubbing an ointment (thicker than a cream)
onto it to keep the skin as supple as possible. Then at show time I camouflage the area with coloured chalk- this wouldn't work if the scar was covered in scaly dry slough.
The solo comb is the best thing I have used when grooming. I used to spend hours pulling manes which I always hated doing, then I moved onto messing them up with scissors. The solo comb is quick and painless and does a wonderful job.
I like to wash grey horses with some Marther Gardners Wool wash mixed into the shampoo. Does not strip the natural oils from their coats and helps get their tails really clean. It's especially good for getting rid of the stains in white tails.
When preparing my horses hooves for show and dressage. I like to give the hoof a gentle sand with a fine sandpaper and then apply the hoof polish. Once dry I give the hoof a coat of hair spray. I find this technique keeps the appearance smooth, removes any build up of dirt etc and allows for a beautiful appearance ready for the show ring.
To cover up those yellow stains on white, white hocks mix peroxide with talcum powder and paint on the area stained.
Wait for it dry and then lightly brush away. This results in no white mark on that day and helps get rid of the stain the next time you wash. Eventually this area becomes clean.
To prevent too many nasties building up in your brushes, regularly wash them thoroughly with warm water and any antibacterial horsey shampoo. Doing this prevents the spread of any bacterial problems that could have built up in the bristles of your brushes and helps keep your horse's coat nice and shiny and a little more dust free.
For really white results use sunlight soap you'll get the dirt right out it is great
We show our ponies and they all have lovely long white socks, I use a simple method to make them so white that you are blinded by them, after using H-10 shampoo, I put some talc into a spray bottle (powder must be zinc based) add some water and spray onto the legs till they are saturated and let dry overnight in the stable,
lightly brush the next day and boy are those legs white. But remember the talc must be zinc based.
To encourage your horse's coat to grow back in areas due to hair loss, allergy, rain scald or wound healing, use Woolworths own brand black and red Vitamin E cream daily. It has no perfumes or added nasties and it works !!
this is the best tip for showies...when you clip your horse particularly in winter there coats look dull and dry...i go to the pharmacy and get Alpha Keri oil which is a product for people with skin conditions like super dry skin or eczema etc you put about 20mls in a bucket of warm water and bath your horse with it concentrating on really dry areas..you don't rinse it off but gently pat dry and sufficiently rug afterwards. do this regularly for a week or two and your horse gets a real lustre in its coat..great for before shows, to smooth the coat and add shine. Trust me it works!!
To get a fantastic mirror shine, mix up 1/3 of canola or vegetable oil to 2/3 methylated spirits and just before you go into the ring lightly mist it over the horse and wipe off with a single stoke with a soft cloth. the spirits evaporates
leaving the oil to sheen and protect the coat! It works like a gem!
Citronella and baby oil will help with flies
If plaiting down or rosetting the night before a show, to keep your mane flat, use hair spray on top of finished plaits (or favourite product), then lay a stocking along the top of the mane, and loop a rubber band over each rosette to secure. This will stop the mane from fuzzing up overnight!
This is a first aid tip with a natural remedy. We raced a horse at the picnic meets. When he came back after the race he had a bloody puncture wound in his metatarsus (hind knee joint). That arvo when we reached home we put plenty of fresh comfrey (herb) over the wound and bandaged the area. The way the comfrey works has to be seen
to be believed. Raffy (the horse) was good as gold.
To get your horses coat out when moulting, use a pair of rubber gloves that you use for dish washing. They are cheap and easy to use and get
To wipe off dirt from your horses face easily apply a layer of baby oil every couple of days. Youíll find you donít have to rub it just slides off and your horses face will always look so shiny and clean
When applying black makeup to your horses face instead of just putting it on, soften it by mixing it with a little bit of water and baby oil on a sponge, this way it spreads more easily gives off a shine, but also looks more natural.
Donít use wool wash on your horse - it takes the oils out of coat.
If you have a horse thatís mane is fairly untamable(and long) and easily gets greasy and knotty, I have found if you mix a little conditioner in water and have it in a spray bottle, shake it around then spray it on the mane when you brush out the mane it is always smooth shiny, and so easy to brush out those knots!!! Also it gives your horseís mane a really nice glossy shine. This is great for breeds with longer, thicker manes like ponies, or just to give your horseís mane that beautiful shine!!!
A cheap alternative to stopping hooves drying out and cracking if you are on a budget is vegetable oil. You can buy the cheap vegetable oil from the supermarket, or alternatively you can use the left over waste oil that you have been cooking with. Just strain and pour it into a bottle with a nozzle on it, and you can just squeeze it
around the top of the horses' hoof without having to get oil on your hands or use a paint brush.
At the end of winter when your horse or pony is shedding their winter coat, it always gets stuck in the lining, especially if they are blanket lined. I found an easy way to remove most of the hair before storing away until the next cold season is to get those little grey/black Grooming blocks you can pick up from the saddleries for about $8.00.
The ones you use on the horse to remove shedding hair or bots from there legs. Just rub it along on the blanket lining. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but I have found it to remove most hair & have them ready for next winter
Using an oven mitt is great as a sponge, as you can easily keep hold of it on your hand instead of dropping it in the dirt like I often do! It is also as effective as a rubber glove as mentioned above for getting rid of excess hair when your horse is moulting
Flies are a nuisance with horses and there are many great commercial fly sprays, but here are some home-made alternatives. I find this works really well Combine ingredients and use in spray bottle - been using it for years.
2 tablespoons dish soap, 2 cups water, half a cup of white vinegar