09-12-2008, 01:44 AM
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Don't dilute the shampoo (depending on how harsh it is, if it says 'Can be used for everyday bathing', you don't have to dilute. If it doesn't say, use caution). Work the shampoo in with jelly curry, depending on how thick the hair is. Work the dirtier areas first and allow it to sit, when you are done, use a sweat scrapper to make sure your have gotten every little bubble of soap off. I know people will have mixed feelings about using non diluted shampoo, but I have used it, it this way with a very mild shampoo that I used on a horse that I was leasing, every warm day that I had worked her, or I figured she'd feel better after a bath. I used this method on a paint palamino, or the horse formally known as 'The dirt clod' because he always was covered in mud and had nice manure stains in his coat, and that is the way he liked it to. To much of annoyance of everyone. If he has a thin mane and tail, have the mane and tail clean and than braid. Allow them to dry for a few days. Do not braid tightly, you will either break off the hairs or damage the hairs. Than you can 'fluff ' it up (take a small clump of hair and gently force the hairs upwards). Just don't do it to much or the hair will look like the bride of frankenstein. Even than a little water and a little combing will tame it. Did this on a tb that have reknown for having little manes and tails, and it did look better, at least a little. If you have silver, no matter how clean it is, use silver cleaner specially made for tack. You will be surprised how much gunk and dirt may come off.