Originally Posted by Thelma
I have a albino mare now and she loves being messy after riding. She rolls all the time and love laying down in her stall. I'm having trouble keeping her clean, and specially her lower legs, they happen to get all muddy and brown. Her face sweats and the bridle colors her face black sometimes.
What can I do to keep her white all year long, because now when she is getting a longer coat for winter, it's getting harder to clean yellow spots.
How do you keep your white horse clean during riding? Do you use polo wraps when riding, blankets when in the stall etc.?
Please feel free to tell me anything you know about keeping your white horse clean
I never tried to keep my grey clean - he would roll more and get muddier if I tried to keep him clean, as he didn't feel happy. Let her be a bit yellow and muddy, as long as you brush her clean enough the her tack won't rub ;). Remember, the winter coat will come out come spring anyway, so the stains won't last forever.
What I did invest in was a decent whitening shampoo, stain remover spray, and that shampoo that old ladies use to make their hair go silvery. The other thing that's useful is sterilising fluid, you can make it up in a bucket for tail washing and it gets rids of the yellowy-ness. Don't use it on any skin though, and don't use it often as it dries out the hair, but it does work. That way, once in a blue moon (usually before a show) they can get a good bath and get actually gleaming clean.
It definitely took more work bathing him before a show than my bay I have now, but there is nothing like a gleaming grey (or albino in your case!) in the ring. But don't obsess over being clean all the time, it's stressful for you and them, and it is part of owning a pale horse I'm afraid! :P