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    02-01-2013, 01:28 PM
Tar and Sulfur Shampoo

Anyone use tar and sulfur on their horse? Is it safe for horses? I'm a dog groomer and I use it on dogs but I KNOW it's toxic to cats.

The reason I'm asking is all my horses are dry and itchy after the winter. I usually give them one good bath with shampoo every spring. I'd like to use Tar and sulfur if possible because it will help the dry itchy as well as repel insects for a little while. I love what it does for the dogs that I use it on so I thought "Hey, this might be great on the horses this spring". Thoughts??
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    02-06-2013, 12:42 PM
Sulfer and mineral oil is what is common for drafts to be treated with in regards to "scratches" which is pretty common especially in feathered breeds. Not sure about the tar... To repel insects and such I've heard/seen of people using ivermectin paste.
    02-06-2013, 02:25 PM
What is safe for dogs and humans isn't always safe for horses. If the tar refers to pine tar it would have to be very dilute. Horses are always itchy in the spring as they shed and many just enjoy a good roll.
    02-06-2013, 06:06 PM
Forgot to mention now that saddlebags brought this up. The sulfer has to be food grade and to my knowledge only one company out of Texas carries it (I think I could be wrong).
    02-07-2013, 12:40 AM
I've been googling it and can't find anywhere that it says it is not safe for horses. I'm headed to the vet with a horse on Saturday and I'll ask him about it. I realize they are all itchy in the spring, that's why I give their only shampoo bath of the year first thing in the spring. Just thought this shampoo might help with the itchies and the repelling bugs was just a bonus. Thanks for the replies.

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