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        08-13-2013, 09:34 PM
    Originally Posted by Chickenoverlord    
    Well, he has never been bathed in his life, so I just figured a bath once a year would be good.
    Wow, well I wouldn't over do it.
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        08-22-2013, 06:15 AM
    I disagree myself. I find, say, washing up liquid is a fine and cheap option of getting stains off. Especially when showing haha!
        08-22-2013, 09:40 AM
    Green Broke
    By the way, as a groomer, I use this shampoo on all my grooms
    MinkSheen Pet Shampoo from Touch of Mink
    Works well on the horse too, we use it occasionally for her, when headed to shows where we are going to need her to be extra clean. It keeps the tangles out and oddly makes it easier to brush the dust off from the arena.
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        08-22-2013, 12:00 PM
    You can use a endless amount of shampoo variety's for horses... I use Suave, Mane and Tail, Dawn dish soap (its excellent for white socks) Dove, Gallop, etc etc. But you can defiantly use human shampoo. I usually end up buying whatever is on sale at Walmart, and I've had no ill effects yet ;) The main thing though is make sure you wash out ALL of the soap.
        08-22-2013, 02:16 PM
    What is Orvus Paste, and where do you get it?
        08-22-2013, 02:24 PM
    Originally Posted by cowgirllinda1952    
    What is Orvus Paste, and where do you get it?
    Orvus is a livestock shampoo that you can get at just about feed store. It comes in a big opaque tub with red writing. You don't have to use very much at all and it gets horses squeaky clean. Puts a gorgeous sheen on their coat and makes them super soft. It's the only thing I use on my pinto.


    It seems a little pricey when you buy it, but my friend bought a tub almost three years ago and she's maybe halfway through it (that's washing one, sometimes two, horses once a week in the summer).
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        08-22-2013, 02:25 PM
    Gotta be real careful with Orvus though, because if you use even a smidge too much it's almost impossible to rinse out.
        08-22-2013, 02:30 PM
    Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
    Gotta be real careful with Orvus though, because if you use even a smidge too much it's almost impossible to rinse out.
    Amen to that!! I would probably recommend putting a little on a sponge and applying it that way. That way you can spread less product over a greater area of the horse. In fact, that reminds me...I need to get a new bathing sponge. Lol
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        08-22-2013, 03:24 PM
    Eh, I'm of a mind that if you don't need the horse to really sparkle up close like for a show or something, I just stick to rinsing without shampoo. A pressure handle on a regular old hose will get most the obvious dirt out of their coat and you aren't washing away the natural oils from the hair.

    I used to wash my gray horse with soap every year before carrying the flag in the local parade. Then, one day I was running late and didn't have time to use the soap. I just used the regular old water pressure and it got him almost as clean as using the soap. Now, the only parts of him I soap up are his tail and his lower legs to get the majority of the stain and discoloration out.

    However, if you do use soap, like others have said, anything that's safe to be used on humans is safe to use on horses. The only thing you really need to worry about is making sure to get it completely rinsed off.
        08-24-2013, 07:31 PM

    I use mild shampoos such as a supermarkets own brand as they are cheap and don't tend to have any strong things in, or baby shampoo because that also is mild, hibi scrubb is a good shampoo as it disinfectant and if you don't manage to wash any little bits of the horse wont get irritated but I try to avoid any other human shampoos just encase or a bad reaction, im not fussy but theres just no point taking any risks hope it helps :)

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