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  • Good shampoo for horses that wont dry out their coat and skin

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    05-18-2009, 08:07 AM
Good shampoos for...

Light colored horses like Loki--
I'm using Cowboy Magic. It gets him nice and clean and soft, but it doesn't really bring out his shine. He's happy, healthy, and's just difficult to see because of his light coloring. Plus he STILL seems to be shedding out! I don't get it with this horse. He does this every year. His breeders said this is because he was born so late in the year (September).

Dry, flaking skin--
Cowboy Magic seems to have cleared up Sam's milder dandruff but can't seem to handle his bad mane dandruff. Plus he's rubbing off the hair on his face. I've taken to braiding his forelock to keep him from sweating to much under it, but that hasn't stopped his itching all together. He really glows after a good grooming, and I'm adding corn oil to his feed, but all this poor guy does is itch itch itch itch.
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    05-18-2009, 01:27 PM
I actually make my own shampoo for my grooming business. It's made specifically for dry skin and dandruff; inspired by my older mare who has both. I call it "Mud Spa" and it's a soaker (you leave it on for 10-15 minutes and then rinse it off). It does wonders for the skin and coat and rinses off super clean despite the mud, haha, but it tends to fluff them a little too; it lifts the hair and gets underneath. So they aren't slickly shiny afterwards, but in a day or so can be. It's great for relieving itching too in my experience. However, the formula's a secret ;)

Not on here to sell stuff but I can post details to order if anyone wants some. However, I've found honestly the best way for a shiny coat and healthy skin is regular, thorough grooming! Between baths on my girls I brush in the following order: a curry comb (metal in the winter/ spring, plastic in the summer/ fall), hard bristle brush, medium bristle flick brush, then final go-over with a super-soft finishing brush (usually goat's hair or similar). This is also the best for shine; it brings the oils in their coat to the surface so they are really slick looking all over. You can use conditioning sprays too for shine and moisture; or add conditioner to their bath shampoo water for all over moisture. If they are super itchy I'd do this regularly, at least once a week. If the flakes are big or their skin is inflamed you may want to invest in a medicated shampoo for horses and do the same, leave it on for 10-30 minutes depending on severity of skin issues and patience of your horse before rinsing it off.
    05-19-2009, 03:49 PM
Try the eq solutions, I have had great succes with that.

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