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shaggy 03-21-2012 10:42 PM

Head and Shoulders Shampoo??
 
I was wondering my horse Blaze has a lot of dandruff so would be ok to bathe him with Head and shoulders shampoo or just stick with Mane and Tail that i always use??

PaintedShanty 03-21-2012 10:58 PM

Many stylists are against the use of Head and Shoulders shampoo on people because it's very harsh on skin.

What I'd do is this:

First, assess your horse's nutrition - is s/he getting all the nutrients that are needed from your pasture and/or hay? If not, balance out the diet with (preferably) a free-choice loose mineral blend. If your horse is the type that either won't eat the loose minerals on their own or will gorge on them (even after their nutritional needs are met), then I'd go with the same loose mineral blend, but in fixed amounts at each feeding based on weight (go with advice from your vet and/or equine nutritionist on amount). A horse who doesn't have adequate nutrition usually will end up with sub-par skin and/or coat health.

Secondly, I'd look at whether the dandruff is from an allergic reaction or other skin condition. Did this spring up all of a sudden? If so, and it is at all possible, have your vet out to do some testing to rule these out.

Finally, re-assess your bathing and grooming habits. Over-bathing can cause dandruff since the surfactants (cleaning compound(s)) strip the oils from the skin causing it to dry out and flake. Try to encourage and spread the natural oils of the coat with proper grooming, the general consensus that I've seen has been that rubber curries and natural bristle brushes do this the best.

Hope your horse's dandruff clears up!

waresbear 03-21-2012 11:38 PM

I don't think your horse has dandruff, more than likely it's scurf, a dusty grayish waxy stuff, it's what waterproofs your horse's thick coat in the winter. Just use the mane & tail and a good stiff brush when you bathe him. Warm water rinses this stuff off the coat really well.

shaggy 03-21-2012 11:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by waresbear (Post 1418811)
I don't think your horse has dandruff, more than likely it's scurf, a dusty grayish waxy stuff, it's what waterproofs your horse's thick coat in the winter. Just use the mane & tail and a good stiff brush when you bathe him. Warm water rinses this stuff off the coat really well.

Now that I think about it was grayish looking. I never knew that it waterproofs in the winter huh learn something new everyday! Thanks for knowledge bit Wares! and Sticking to my fateful Mane and Tail is fine with me!


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