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    09-23-2010, 12:37 PM

My little paint has a white face, and her eyes daily collect junk around them. I was going to wash her face with warm water with a sponge, and I wanted to use shampoo to clean her face as well, as she seem's to have dandruff on it.

Is it okay to use human shampoo? Horse shampoo is expensive in the store, it had like, whiteing plus or something, but I just want her litte face to be clean. Are there any brands that you know of that horses are allergic too?
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    09-23-2010, 12:38 PM
Chevy, I've been using human shampoo on my horses for just about forever. It's not going to hurt them one teensy bit.

I'll even tattle on myself and say I use Suave, which is about the cheapest out there.

Hey, if it's good enough for my hair, it's good enough for the horses!
    09-23-2010, 12:46 PM
Haha! Okay great! I actually bought Suave shampoo! I just wanted to make sure lol Thanks
    09-23-2010, 02:34 PM
Green Broke
Horse shampoo won't hurt them. You are just paying extra for a bottle that says horse shampoo =P I really like my cowboy magic but human shampoo won't hurt.

Although it would be wise to get some tearless shampoo for the face .
    09-23-2010, 03:23 PM
I do use horse shampoo but I use suave Coconut conditioner. Love the stuff. I have in the past used hunen shampoo on all my animals. Horses dogs and so on. Works well will not hurt them at all.

As around the face. I would actually say get a small bodle of Johnson baby shampoo. That way if it gets into the horses eyes it will not hurt them. Other shampoo might sing their eyes and then you might have a problem. I also keep human eye wash on hand for just such things and other crud that gets into their eyes.
    09-23-2010, 03:29 PM
I agree suave is awesome, its cheap, it works great, and if you've got a horse with some white, and you show, well you get whitening shampoo, but only use it on the white parts, which makes the bottle last loads longer. I do agree though that on the face you should use tearless shampoo. The last thing you want is for the horse to get soap in her eyes, and end up getting head shy every time you want to wash her. I know someone who actually got an off brand of the angle eyes wipes for dogs, to clean her horses crusties out of the corners of the eyes, and it seemed to work good. Don't know how expensive it is though, but another option if you want to try it. Also, don't put the shampoo directly on the head, put it in the sponge first, and get it all foamy and then wash the face, otherwise you'll never get all the soap off the middle of the forehead and that makes for one itchy horse (I unfortunately did that the first time I washed the first horse I had who had a big blaze, he was itchy for days :( )
    09-23-2010, 03:31 PM
I don't want to steal the post lol, but Chevy, having a paint horse, I don't know if she has a white tail or not, but I was wondering if you could give me any tips on whitening a pee stained tail. My mare was hardly (if ever) groomed, and I don't think ever got a bath for the first 4 years of her life (she's 5 now), and so her what is supposed to be white tail is a very nasty shade of dark yellow, and I've tried the whitening shampoos, but it hasn't worked so far, and I'd appreciate any tips you have to give me.
    09-23-2010, 03:36 PM
Dressagebelle, have you tried QuicSilver? I've found that works really well for getting out urine stains from white tails.

I have a grey Arabian, so always keep QuicSilver around.

For a heavily soiled tail, it'll take more than one washing before it's white again.
    09-23-2010, 03:46 PM
Just be careful using any of the shampoos with bluing in them. If you leave them in too long you can turn things purple.
    09-23-2010, 03:49 PM
Originally Posted by Alwaysbehind    
Just be careful using any of the shampoos with bluing in them. If you leave them in too long you can turn things purple.

A friend of mine who is still in 4-H did that to her cow one year. Now that was funny. Well to me not her.

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