I know what you mean I just bought a new hoodie that is from my orchestra at school and I went to pet my horse and I patted him real good on the side and looked at my sleeve and it was all dirty, you could see the layer of dirt on my sleeve lol I havent gotten around to it lately, but on days when the wind isnt blowing I take a rag out with a bucket of warm water and I brush him with a soft brush then run the rag over him a couple of times to get the dust off so he looks like he's cared for lol I've heard baby wipes do the same...ive never tried it though good luck!
Aww, Darylann... Haha... Don't you hate that? When you brush and brush and feel you've gotten no where? I agree with the others, don't worry about it too much. Although you could try dampening a sponge and flicking off the dirt that way. Ooh, and try using a rubber mitt and brush in circles. That should help some.
Baby oil is one of my main cleaning gizmos. For 99 cents you can condition the tail and mane, and de-burr both quickly. In the fall you can add a few drops of citronella oil into the bottle and give your horse some added anti-fly/gnat power! LOL.
As far as removing mud .... if you are not going to ride a little dirt is ok as long as it doesn't matter their fur down. Fluffy = warm. I adore a general use people brush that has those little plastic balls on the end. They are fantastic for cleaning the dirt off very sensitive spots - like the withers and back of the legs. Be very very gentle and they will also break up 'sheets" of dried mud. My TB is super sensitive but she will accept that brush.
LOL the way it was worded, I was expecting a piece of tack or something like that Just throw the pony out in the washrack. Another good reminder why I will never buy a grey the colored ones are hard enough to keep clean.