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  • Ph horse human shampoo
  • What can you use for horse shampoo

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    06-19-2009, 03:05 PM

Can you use human shampoo on your horse? I use suave if that matters.
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    06-19-2009, 03:15 PM
Green Broke
Yes, be sure it's ph balanced between 4.5-5.5. Also a moisturizing shampoo is a nice touch for our equine friends.
    06-19-2009, 03:17 PM
Originally Posted by Walkamile    
Yes, be sure it's ph balanced between 4.5-5.5. Also a moisturizing shampoo is a nice touch for our equine friends.

How do I check the PH ballance?
    06-19-2009, 03:29 PM
I use baby shampoo sometimes, the Walmart brand. Its nice for washing faces since it doesnt sting eyes. :)
    06-19-2009, 03:44 PM
Green Broke
Most shampoos are now ph balanced to 4.5-5.5, but to be sure, if not stated on the bottle, is to get a strip of litmus paper and dip it in. There will be a color change and match that up to the chart on the litmus paper package.
    06-19-2009, 04:18 PM
I use Mane & Tail for my horse AND for me :)
    06-19-2009, 04:38 PM
I have used suave and mane and tail and some others but for my horses they seem just fine with any of them
    06-19-2009, 06:04 PM
Yep most of them are fine - to check the PH you can get a litmus test from your pharmacy - ALthough if I remember correctly your pharmacys are quite different to ours so maybe not....

As kids I was always stealing the shampoo and condition for my ponies.... and the sunlight sop from the laundry.... never had an issue - but had hardy little 'bush' ponies...

I use a general everyday cheap horse shampoo on my horse (Find it cheaper than human stuff) for general washes and have a lovely henna one for comps... makes her all shiny and pretty!
    06-20-2009, 03:41 AM
I find the best shampoo for horses is the "quic" brand. Quicsilver, quicolor, etc.. And they are cheaper than people 'poos too!
    06-20-2009, 05:03 AM
Baby shampoo what ever just ph

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