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post #1 of 4 Old 04-04-2011, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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I have got a Gray horse and I am wanting to take her to some shows this year, and I was wondering what I can do to keep her clean I already bath her and but a rug and bandage her legs and tail but it isnít enough has any one got any tips on how I can keep her clean please thanks you
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-04-2011, 09:52 AM
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Get show shine and spray everything besides her saddle and girth area. It makes dirt come off very easily and also will make your horse shine. Using whitening shampoo so enhance her color(:
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post #3 of 4 Old 04-04-2011, 04:30 PM
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Show sheen will make it difficult for your horse to sweat, so you should be very cautious about doing this if your horse will be working hard, it is hot or your horse has difficulty sweating.

There are "spot on" products that will allow you to touch up your horse without bathing them if say they roll in poop right before you tack them up to go out. They work amazingly well. That and a lot of elbow grease are your best bet.
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-06-2011, 01:00 AM
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I hope you're not bandaging her legs and tail in the paddock? :/

I rug my grey 24/7 with a combo or standard rug with neck rug, and a waterproof tail bag.

Basically every time he is worked, I hose/sponge him off to get rid of most of the dirt on a day to day basis.

Shampoos that have a blue or purple base are most effective at getting a grey gleaming. Start with a regular shampoo to get the bulk of dirt off, then rinse off, and lather with a blue/purple shampoo. Rub in using a body brush, washing mitt or similar. Leave to soak for a good 10 minutes then rinse off. Repeat if necessary.
As for tails - they are the first part that I wash. So soak the tail, wash with ordinary shampoo, rinse then lather with purple/blue shampoo and allow to soak until you are ready to rinse the coloured shampoo off the full body.
Follow on with a good conditioner, allow to soak, comb through and rinse out.

Once dry, I like to spray with a coat conditioner/dirt repellant and rug with freshly washed rugs and tail bag.

Greys just need a lot of good management to keep clean, if you make sure you don't allow mud and grime to settle for too long, and keep washing rugs (I was rugs every week and have a spare set while the others are drying)/tack.
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