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    12-28-2011, 11:23 PM
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Foal
Winter Scruffies

My horse is a big yellow fluff ball. He also likes mud. We don't blanket/clip our boys, they are aux natural. How can I essentially "give him a bath" without water? Are there any good water-less bathers on the market? I'm doing a winter series at a local riding club and would like to look presentable.
     
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    12-28-2011, 11:43 PM
  #2
Showing
It's called "elbow grease". You have to apply liberal amounts to a rubber curry and a brush. It stimulates skin circulation.
Wallaby likes this.
     
    12-28-2011, 11:50 PM
  #3
Showing
I personally love laser sheen. If you spray it on and wait for around 5-10 minutes, then curry, then dandy, then use a finishing brush, I guarantee they'll be MUCH cleaner.

There are other products out there, but that's what I use and what works best for my horse.. who is mainly white with a little sorrel :P
     
    12-29-2011, 12:15 AM
  #4
Green Broke
I like a good stiff cactus brush on dry mud.... works every time. Also works with thick coat. I don't even need water for the winter muddies.
     
    12-29-2011, 07:43 AM
  #5
Yearling
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Originally Posted by DunLegend    
My horse is a big yellow fluff ball. He also likes mud. We don't blanket/clip our boys, they are aux natural. How can I essentially "give him a bath" without water? Are there any good water-less bathers on the market?
If you need help beyond the elbow grease, try Miracle Coat. You will still need to do a good brushing and cleaning up first but the Miracle Coat can help take care of what is left. It still takes elbow grease to clean down to the skin but the Miracle Coat will help "polish" the surface.
     
    12-29-2011, 02:41 PM
  #6
Weanling
After currying, and a good brushing, sometimes there's still that dust trapped in their thick coats, that a curry just stirs around, and then gets pushed back into the coat, when you brush it.

I've had luck with Shapleys waterless shampoo.

I'll curry him really good again, and the while the coats all scruffed up, I'll take a rag, spray the Shapleys on there, and start getting the dust up that way. It does a great job of picking up and clearing off the dirt.

You could probably achieve the same, with just a lightly damp rag as well. Main thing is, picking up that stuff the brushes aren't picking up.
     
    12-29-2011, 02:57 PM
  #7
Foal
Yeah, Pal needs more than elbow grease. It takes that just to get him in riding condition.


I'll definitely look into the products mentioned. Would they work on taking mud stains out of a tail as well as a body?
     
    12-29-2011, 03:03 PM
  #8
Weanling
When I had my horse..(a grey arab) he loved to get muddy...anyhoo...I would use a metal curry scraper and scrape the dried mud off him and then spray him with show sheen and let it sit for a minute or two, then use a stiff brush to get the dirt off and then a finishing brush to help bring the shine out.
     
    12-29-2011, 03:44 PM
  #9
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by DunLegend    
I'll definitely look into the products mentioned. Would they work on taking mud stains out of a tail as well as a body?
You can wash his tail with a bucket of warm water.

Wash, dry and braid up.

For the rest of him, brush, curry like crazy and then use a shop vac!
     

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