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post #11 of 30 Old 08-13-2013, 08:23 AM
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I had a trainer once who would only use dish soap to bathe horses. I was so afraid it was going to dry their skin out but I really don't think it did. And it lasted forever.

Another trainer showed me to just use a tiny drop of whatever soap in a bucket of water and bath them out of that instead of putting the soap directly on the horse (much like you do with you dishes). Then you dip the tail into the bucket to wash it. This really saves on the amount of soap you use.
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post #12 of 30 Old 08-13-2013, 08:24 AM
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Yes it's fine! Just rinse any shampoo out very well. People usually end up with itchy horses because they don't rinse properly, whether it be human or horse shampoo. I've heard that Dawn dish soap is really good too!
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I had a trainer once who would only use dish soap to bathe horses. I was so afraid it was going to dry their skin out but I really don't think it did. And it lasted forever.

Another trainer showed me to just use a tiny drop of whatever soap in a bucket of water and bath them out of that instead of putting the soap directly on the horse (much like you do with you dishes). Then you dip the tail into the bucket to wash it. This really saves on the amount of soap you use.
That's what I do! Tails make really good rump scrubbers!
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post #14 of 30 Old 08-13-2013, 08:27 AM
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I don't know what you mean by this_

" Tails make really good rump scrubbers!"

LOL sorry!

And yes the bucket thing is Awesome! Keeps you from getting too much soap on them too.
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I don't know what you mean by this_

" Tails make really good rump scrubbers!"

LOL sorry!

And yes the bucket thing is Awesome! Keeps you from getting too much soap on them too.
Haha using the soapy tail to reach up and scrub the horses rump! Lol!
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Ahhh! Ok, Ha ha! I'm still asleep here, still working on my first cup of coffee.
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post #17 of 30 Old 08-13-2013, 09:17 AM
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Anything? Like... chocolate?
Are you being deliberately obtuse? We're talking shampoo here, not food.
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I had a trainer once who would only use dish soap to bathe horses. I was so afraid it was going to dry their skin out but I really don't think it did. And it lasted forever.

Another trainer showed me to just use a tiny drop of whatever soap in a bucket of water and bath them out of that instead of putting the soap directly on the horse (much like you do with you dishes). Then you dip the tail into the bucket to wash it. This really saves on the amount of soap you use.

The Bedouin I lived with in Jordan used that stuff on everything, horses, mules, camels, donkeys goats, the floors and walls of houses, cars, you name it, if they washed it, it got Golden Dish Detergent on it, didn’t seem to cause any harm.
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Well, he has never been bathed in his life, so I just figured a bath once a year would be good.
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THe main ingredient in most all shampoos (dog, horse, human, etc.,) is surfantant of some sort - as it is in dish soap. In the summer when I am bathing them a lot, I generally wet the water with ivory dish soap - which only takes 2-3 drops per 4 gallons or so and it doesn't leave a residue. Otherwise, it is difficult not to occasionally be a sucker for the high priced yummy smelling well packaged "this will make your horses mane/coat positively pop" shampoos. They aren't worth the money, but who can resist every so often? I also like Bonner's b/c you can use it for everything, it takes very little for a shampooing and it really "deep cleans", and it has the same ingredients as the base in a lot of "groomer's" shampoos.

There is just as much horse sense as ever, but the horses have most of it.

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