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    07-01-2008, 03:22 AM
!Caring for the coat!

Here are tips fo the coat!

Wisk - really gets white/grey horses/markings white, but make sure and rinse thoroughly

Simple Green - use to remove those stubborn grass stains.

WD40 - use to put a shine on manes/tails in show ring, also good for getting out burrs and pine sap.

Old fashioned 'Blueing' - a few drops in water to whiten coats and tails.

Vinegar - put in horses feed for natural fly repellant/shiny coat.

Fly Spray: - 2 cups white vinegar, 1 Cup Avon Skin So Soft bath oil (original), 1 Cup water and if you can get it 1 Tablespoon eucaliptus oil. Mix in a spray bottle.

Mane and Tail Detangler: - Mix 1part calgon bath oil beads (dry) to 3 parts water in a spray bottle.

Listerine - Douse the whole tail from top to bottom twice a day. Works great for itchy tails and it helps repel bugs and soothes itchy, irritated skin. Works on manes too!

Liniment: - 2 pints clear alcohol, 2 pints wintergreen alcohol, 2 pints witch hazel, 1/2 bottle store-bought equine liniment. Pour all ingredients into a clean gallon container, top off with white vinegar.
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    07-01-2008, 03:23 AM
!Caring for Hooves and Teeth!

Chlorox - use in a spray bottle to spray underside of hooves to treat thrush.

Diapers - place on the underside of the hoof and wrap with duct tape - great for holding poultices in place and for keeping abcesses clean between treatments. Can also be used as "Easy Boots".

Baking soda - sprinkle in the feed to help horses with teeth that need floating often.

Jello - mixed in with the feed, encourages hoof growth.
    07-01-2008, 03:24 AM
!Good stuff to know!

PVC plumbing pipes -, buy these at home improvement centers and use them as jump poles.

Gallon size plastic Milk jugs - can be filled with water or sand for stability. Make great dressage ring markers.

Old car mats - great for putting under hoof at show for applying hoofshine - keeps hoof clean and dry. Also good for kneelling on, etc.

Clear plastic zipper bags - use for organizing things so you can see them, but won't lose them - like braiding materials (precut yarn, clips, threads, needles, pullthru, etc.) and any small items. Label bags, and do a pre-show check to make sure all items are there, and ready to go.

Rubber (or plastic) tote boxes - use for everything from First Aid kit to the tack accessories for shows. No more hunting for things. Choose size and colors to fit your needs.

Pillowcases - use to keep rags, one for clean other for dirty, and toss the whole bag into wash (commercial machine - with soap and bleach)
    07-01-2008, 09:23 PM
Baby oil for manes and tails.
    07-01-2008, 10:21 PM
Probably not even considered weird anymore but apple - cider vinegar cuts grease on manes and tails really well
    07-01-2008, 10:41 PM
If your horse doesn't like fly masks, how about trying a flysheet or a hood!! :)
    07-01-2008, 10:47 PM
Got a dusty butt? Dampen rag and swirl over the dusty coat, you will probably have to re-dampen the rag but it will clear off the dust and save you a bath.
    07-01-2008, 10:55 PM
Put a puff in horses ears before you clip so the hair doesn't fall inside and make them shake their heads (and irritate their ears). It also makes the buzz of the clippers less annoying to the horse.

Spit shine the coat using a damp knit glove in the direction of their hair.

Use baby powder to whiten socks and other markings
    07-15-2008, 01:15 PM
Corn Starch will make white markings GLEEMING white!
    07-19-2008, 10:37 AM
You guys have probably heard of Liniment right? To soothe the muscles after a good workout. Listerine works great to soothe and relax my horse! :)

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