Is there a waterless shampoo for horses?

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    10-17-2011, 12:15 AM
Is there a waterless shampoo for horses?

To put it bluntly, Vanna needs a bath. Her mane feels greasy (she was in with the weanlings at her last home and they spent some time licking and chewing on her) and no amount of brushing seems to make her less dusty. Since I brought her home on Friday, I've spent close to 10 hours just brushing her and rubbing at her with rags to remove as much dust as possible. I've resigned myself to the fact that she just won't be clean until I can bathe her. I can always tell where I pat her, because her coat develops dusty hand prints. Her coat doesn't shine, because she's so dusty.

Unfortunately, it's getting rather chilly and she's got a bit of a cold already. I don't want to give her a bath and risk a chill, so I started wondering about waterless shampoo. I know they have waterless shampoo for dogs (my dogs always smell like blueberry muffins because of it), but do they make one for horses? I'm assuming the dog variety would be okay for horses, but maybe there's a better option.

What are my options? She's already growing a winter coat and I'm not sure if I can do anything (aside from an all-out bath) to remove the excess dust. Any wild and crazy suggestions? Is there a certain rag that might work best to attract dirt? My boyfriend suggested a Swiffer and was completely serious. I'm beginning to consider it...
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    10-17-2011, 12:36 AM
IMO, waterless shampoos really don't do much. I suggest a spray bottle, water, and a brush. Spritz, brush, spritz, brush. It'll knock out some of the dirt.

But honestly, if you can rinse her off, and then towel her dry really well, and keep her out of a breeze.
    10-17-2011, 01:11 AM
Thanks! I don't know how many nice days we have left here; it seems every day is windy. I might try the spray bottle method first to see if that makes a difference and if not, I might have to wait until next month to pop her into the wash stall. She's not allowed in the barn for a month, until her quarantine period is up. At that point, I might be able to quickly hose her down, towel her off and keep her in the barn for a few hours until she dries completely. That might be the best option to get her clean before winter, while giving her cold a chance to clear up.

If the weather turns really miserable, I might just have to suck it up and let her be dusty until it gets nicer out again. In July. Haha.
    10-17-2011, 02:32 AM
There's Miracle Groom, but I don't know if that's the sort of thing you're looking for...
    10-17-2011, 07:33 AM
Green Broke
When I was infantry in Germany, in the winter we would "bath" with baby powder. Put in on liberally, rub it in wipe it off, takes alot of the dirt with it.
    10-17-2011, 07:40 AM
I love Miracle Groom for keeping my horses clean. They have sand in the paddocks (was stonedust which was even worse!) that they just love to roll in- makes them very dusty. However, I've found that the miracle groom only really works if you have kept on top of cleaning them regularly. It removes a lot of that embedded fine dust that is nearly impossible to brush out, but if they are really shaggy and dirty it doesn't truly cut it. I just got a little, white companion pony who is just so dirty! I think I would have to use an entire bottle of the stuff and about 3 towels to really get her clean.
    10-17-2011, 03:30 PM
I wiped mine with the (slightly wet) paper towel before the last show (and washed her legs up to the knee with the shampoo). The night was quite cold, so I didn't want to risk. She was all shiny next day. :)
    10-17-2011, 04:43 PM
This is a bit of a segeway, but it was so windy HERE this weekend, yet we still had some flies. I mixed up some mane-n-tail with a lot of water and cleaned all their legs with it. It took away the horsey smell that was attracking flies, but it didn't blow away in the wind, which is what would have happened had we sprayed Repel-X, instead. Just and FYI.
ALSO, I hate leaving any saddle marks on their coats, so I mix same and scrub it on after a workout where there are saddle marks, with a rubber curry, brush smooth with a dandy brush, and make sure the horse(s) aren't in a draft. I even do this in the winter, but I use it in their stalls. I can always throw a sheet on until dry.
    10-18-2011, 05:19 PM
Originally Posted by Joe4d    
When I was infantry in Germany, in the winter we would "bath" with baby powder. Put in on liberally, rub it in wipe it off, takes alot of the dirt with it.
Even on a dark horse? I've heard of people using cornstarch on hair to sop up grease, but it has this tendency to show up quite noticeably on darker hair. I might have to give this a try!

Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I wiped mine with the (slightly wet) paper towel before the last show (and washed her legs up to the knee with the shampoo). The night was quite cold, so I didn't want to risk. She was all shiny next day. :)
I'm also going to give this a try. It's slightly warmer today (a balmy +16*C in October, whoo!), so I don't feel AS bad about wetting her down a bit.

I took a white towel to her yesterday and started rubbing. It didn't get all of the dust out, but it helped. My poor towel though... it's a lovely mixture of black horse hair and gray dust.

Thanks, everyone! These are all great suggestions and I appreciate your input.
    10-24-2011, 10:43 PM
Never heard the baby powder thing. That's worth a try. I can curry my dark bay all day and dirt will keep coming up to the surface. I used Miracle Groom at our show yesterday and it worked well enough. Nobody screamed "look at that filthy horse" or anything.

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