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QH Lover 02-03-2013 12:25 PM

Best inexpensive horse shampoo?
I might be taking Fancy to a couple shows this summer, and even if I dont, I want her to SHINE because I know she can! It is winter and i've never bathed her (just got her early January) but she already shines in the sun! I am wondering what the best shampoo for horses is. Fancy is a deep chestnut in color, similar to this horse except she has almost a maroon tail and her mane matches her coat: http://straightfromthehorsesmouth2yo...rrel-horse.jpg
I am wondering a good shampoo that will clean her and enhance her color! She also has white around her hooves, and I am wondering if I could possibly whiten the white without paying for a whitening shampoo? I don't want to pay for a ton of shampoo because it's just a tiny bit of white. I've just used regular Suave on my old pony but I want something to make Fancy shine because I know she can!

HorseGuru 02-03-2013 12:33 PM

Mane and tail works great

Phantomcolt18 02-03-2013 12:35 PM

I've had great results with Cowboy Magic.
Cowboy Magic Shampoo -

I also love quic silver for white but they have one called quic color for reds, browns, bays.

Quic Silver
Quic Silver Shampoo -

Quic Color
Quic Color Shampoo -

All make their manes and tails EXTREMELY soft. And the Quic color made my brown horse look so shiny and brought out the red in his coat nicely.

When it doubt you can always pick up a bottle of Mane n Tail shampoo from walmart. I've never noticed any color enhancing but it makes them soft and shiny. =)

DraftyAiresMum 02-03-2013 12:44 PM

There's this stuff called Orvis (Orvus?) that is AMAZING! I've used it on bays of all shades, chestnuts, blacks, browns and even a black/white pinto with T least half white (he had never had a real bath, so his white was kinda yellowish). It cleaned each and every one til they sparkled and it doesn't take that much to do it. I have pics of the pinto after his bath in my thread "Just some pics of Aires" (sorry, on my phone so can't link or put up pics).

The Orvus costs $25 or so for a BIG tub of it, but because you don't have to use much, it lasts forever. My best friend bought hers two years ago and still isn't even halfway through it (she has one horse).
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franknbeans 02-03-2013 01:23 PM

I second the Orvus-it is great, and not just for horses!~ It is also recommended for fine antique linens. It gets them white and is gentle enough for them, so you know it is not going to be tough on the horse. A tub will last you forever. I do recommend dissolving it in water to apply it. If you apply it in gobs right out of the tub it can be hard to rinse out. I only use it full strength on white stockings, tails, etc.

QH Lover 02-03-2013 02:51 PM

Is this the product you're talking about? ORVUS SHAMPOO-Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply
Do you know what ratio you'd use to dissolve it?

DraftyAiresMum 02-03-2013 03:00 PM

Yep, that's it. Not sure the ratio. I always just grabbed enough to cover my cupped fingertips, put some water in the rest of my cupped hand, rubbed my hands together to mix it and started shanpooing. Lol
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QH Lover 02-03-2013 03:01 PM


Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum (Post 1876249)
Yep, that's it. Not sure the ratio. I always just grabbed enough to cover my cupped fingertips, put some water in the rest of my cupped hand, rubbed my hands together to mix it and started shanpooing. Lol
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lol sounds good, I think I'm gonna have to buy some. And you think it'd be fine to use it non-diluted to make her socks shiny white? xD And do you use diluted or just straight for the tail?

franknbeans 02-03-2013 03:14 PM

I just use enough water to make it easier to rub in. If you don't it is like trying to rub a stick of butter in. I do use it full strength on sock-just make sure to rinse really well. Works either way, really. You will not believe the size of that container until you get it. I have had one at the barn (two of us with 3 horses share it) for 2 years.

Foxtail Ranch 02-03-2013 03:27 PM

Has anyone tried shampoo mixed with hydrogen peroxide to whiten?
We use it on our dogs and it is cheap. We started using it as a remedy wash for skunking (drop of Dawn dish liquid, hydrogen peroxide and baking soda: really gets the skunk out!).

We also use steer shampoo on horses and dogs. Works great, smells nice, $16.00 a gallon. Mix it with water 1:10. Can't recall the name but its a rodeo star on the bottle.
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