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post #1 of 25 Old 04-02-2013, 11:45 AM Thread Starter
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People against bathing a horse

So I have heard a lot about how you shouldn't bathe a horse often because its strips the natural oils out of there hair. I know this is true but I have always had the mind set that most humans do the same thing every day to every other day. So why do we think its ok to do to us but not our horses?

Well I think I may have found a solution for both horse and human. I started a couple of months ago boycotting shampoo and conditioner and instead "shampooing" my hair with baking soda and "conditioning" my hair with apple cider vinegar(I use 1 tablespoon of baking soda to 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to 1 cup of water). The result is soft, silky hair without stripping my hair of my natural oils. Given because, like most people, I have grown up with shampoo and conditioner, my body was at first over producing natural oils because the shampoo would strip it out and now my hair gets a lot less oily because it's going back to the way nature intended it too.

So now I'm thinking that you could do the same thing with a horse. Just to be clear, I'm not saying that we should give a horse a bath every day but if the horse needs a bath (whether a show is coming up or your horse has turned themselves into a walking mud ball) use a baking soda solution to clean them up, rather then shampoo. So what do you guys think?

Just as a note, when you use the baking soda and apple cider vinegar it doesn't feel like you're doing anything because we are so use to foaming shampoo and silky smooth conditioner but once your hair dries its clean, soft and silky.
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Since I only bathe my horses infrequently, I hardly think shampoo and conditioner are going to hurt them when I do. In the summer I hose them off almost every day, but full on bathing, no.

If it makes you feel better to bathe them with baking soda and ACV, have at it. If that concoction works for your hair as well, great. My hair tends to be dry not oily, so I need something to help it NOT be flyaway and unmanageable.

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baking soda will strip and Blow out the cuticle on your hair. I am a hair stylist and I have used Baking Soda to clarify and get meds out of hair.
If you think Baking soda does not hurt your hair keep using it But it will Dry it out for sure. and the apple cider vinegar is just Coating the hair not conditioning it.
If you use good shampoo and conditioner and shampoo as needed you should not be stripping your hair of oils.

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post #4 of 25 Old 04-02-2013, 12:40 PM
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My horses get hosed over regularly in the hot weather as they sweat so much and they get shampooed when they need it. Rubbing them over with some light oil soon stops any dry coat worries
If you're worried about your own hair then switch to shampoos and conditioners that are sulfate and silicone free and buy ones that are aimed at hair that's 'dry'
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You can overdo anything, including bathing your horse. Usually, this doesn't happen. I gave mine a LOT of baths last summer bc it was so dreadfully hot. Mostly they were outside water baths, but I shampooed them, too. I usually wash their legs down with some Mane N'Tail in the water after summer workouts. It helps keep away the flies, and it cools them down quickly without shocking the system. You do the same with a human who is overheated, that is, cooling the extremities, first.
Just don't blow a gasket when they roll and dirty up again right after you turn them out. =P

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just don't put the baking soda and vinegar on at the same time!

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In the summer time I used to hose down my horses almost everyday. But I rarely use shampoo, maybe once a year.

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Rinse with ACV in warm water with sponge, scrape off for summer, bathe infrequently.

And touch of baking soda in shampoo does wonders for humans as it leaves hair free of styling things.

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I know there is a lot of debates on baking soda and apple cider vinegar but I have always been open minded about things and that is why I try before I will suggest something. And I have honestly never had my hair as healthy as it is now and I also don't wash my hair as often (I do take showers in between washes). Call me crazy but I find this way the best way for me.

Here is a short passage from an article I have read about baking soda and apple cider vinegar and the link to the full article.

" Apple cider vinegar is a mild acidic made from fermenting apples, the acid content is usually only around 3-5% in store-bought ACV. It has a lot of health benefits when taken internally, too! When used on your scalp, it helps promote circulation, acts as a natural antiseptic, and dissolves excessive fatty deposits and reduces scaling or peeling of the skin. As for use on hair, it helps to clarify, detangle, balances hair's pH level and seals the cuticles. Some people are bothered by the smell, but be assured that the smell should dissipate within a moment or two of rinsing. If it doesn't, you're using too much in your solution!

Baking soda is the weakest alkali of sodium compounds, it would take using a lot to do damage to your skin or hair. It has a lot of useful properties like deodorizing, leavening (for baking), whitening, polishing and clarifying. You only need a little bit, regardless of what you're using it for. Just like with vinegar, a little goes a long way. Plain water can remove almost all the dirt you can get in your hair, but a little baking soda can not only remove the rest, but take care of the build-up from hair products, shampoos and anything else you might pick up. Some people find that over time, using baking soda in their hair will lighten the colour - although most agree that if this happens you're using it too much, and perhaps not using enough ACV. Once or twice a week is fine, even less if your hair is in very good condition or easy to manage. "

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my grandmother used to shampoo my hair with a raw egg and rinse with vinegar and water.
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