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I don't bathe my horse often, usually I just groom him well. But with hot summer approaching, I'm looking for a good basic horse shampoo that cleans well BUT doesn't strip the horse's natural oils from the coat. I also want it to rinse well.

In the past I always used Head & Shoulders which I love, but, I'm wondering if it's too harsh since it's not designed for horses specifically.

Not into using Orvis or Dawn.

So far I have narrowed it down to Corona Shampoo made by Manna Pro.

Any other suggestions?
 

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I'm in the same boat! Sometimes it's so hard to narrow down the choices. I was looking for something that wouldn't cause irritation to my horse's skin. Looking at reviews, I decided to purchase some Eqyss MicroTek Shampoo and Gel. I also bought some Cavalor shampoo--for the less sensitive horses. I wanted to go with the Equifuse brand but it was out of stock. So, now I'm just waiting on my items getting to me to test them out. Good luck in your search!
 
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If he doesn't need a actual bath, then try something that gives cooling properties and removes/cuts sweat & grime...
Witch Hazel {caution: can be drying to the skin}, or 2 capfuls of Vetrolin in a half bucket of water works.
I've also used Absorbine Liniment and or plain white vinegar as rinses again mixed in water...
Some use Apple Cider Vinegar but I've seen skin irritation occur so am very cautious as a rinse product.
Do not mix or use any of those products together at the same time...

Many speak well of Cowboy Magic products.
Some of the Straight Arrow products, Mane & Tail shampoo you can use on human or horse...but they lather so rinsing well is needed.
For deep cleaning needing done I love Orvus, a tiny amount makes a ton of bath and a ton of rinsing to be done, but oh so clean. :cool:

Only ever use clear water to the face though first, then sponge the body with any products you added in the water to the body...
The "my go-to" rinse products mentioned above I use you don't even need to rinse off...leaves a gorgeous shine and silky feel to the coat and not positive but might give a bit of fly off to them too...
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HorseLovingGuy,
Good suggestion on the Vetrolin or liniment idea. I used to do this a lot!

I won't use vinegar though... it will cause a horse's coat to bleach in the sun, and we have lots of sun...even if I rinse it out well I will stay paranoid about it (yes, I know this is a personal problem exclusive to me LOL)

I used to use Orvis. And it *does* do a great job of cleaning...but ever since I learned that it also is used to clean machinery, I was like... hard pass, from now on. It has to be harsh.

Thus far I will use Corona Shampoo or a light "bath" with Vetrolin, depending on occasion.

Any other input is most welcome :))
 

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Actually no. One of the safest cleaners to use. It is sodium lauryl sulfate. One if the best surfactants around. A little goes a long way and used in small amounts it does the job you are looking for it to do (remove dirt and stains) really well. Yes, it does cut grease and oils but if used correctly then it is not irritating or drying. Phosphate free, biodegradable.
 

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Actually no. One of the safest cleaners to use. It is sodium lauryl sulfate. One if the best surfactants around. A little goes a long way and used in small amounts it does the job you are looking for it to do (remove dirt and stains) really well. Yes, it does cut grease and oils but if used correctly then it is not irritating or drying. Phosphate free, biodegradable.
I really prefer to find a shampoo formulated so that it cleans without stripping away the horse’s natural skin barrier/oils... 🙂
 

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1. Vetrolin shampoo. I have been washing my own hair with it for the last six years, lol

I discovered excess hair fall out dropped considerably after I started using it - by accident - at the barn - on those humid days I was sweating thru my head.

2. I also love MalAcetic shampoo for calming skin issues.

3. Aloedine shampoo is also good to help with skin issues and maybe keep the ticks at bay for a few days:)

4. Don’t completely ditch Dawn. It is great for scratches on legs and also for removing Dallis Grass sap, at the end of summer.
 

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I personally have had bad luck with the liniment rinses. It has been several years ago, but I used to have a horse that hated the liniment rinse.......I am pretty sure it was Vetrolin, but I could be wrong about the brand. I diluted it to the directions and everything, but she just hated it, actually kicked out at me, which she had never done before or after. I poured the rest of the bottle out after that.

I actually rarely use shampoo on my horses. I have been feeding a 1/2 cup of Omega Horseshine everyday for about a year and my horse SHINES like she never had before. She gets compliments from everyone, including her former owner. Because she's black the dried sweat really shows and doesn't brush out well (plus it can bleach their coat) so after every sweaty ride I just take a big sponge and a bucket of water and sponge her off with plain water. I used to use a lot of conditioning and detangling products in her mane and tail and I don't even do that anymore......she just seems to have beautiful mane/tail/coat condition on the Omega Horseshine.

So those are my thoughts, for whatever it's worth. Certainly no harm in shampooing if you want to, but I think a good flax supplement and plain water does wonders. :blueunicorn:
 

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I personally have had bad luck with the liniment rinses. It has been several years ago, but I used to have a horse that hated the liniment rinse.......I am pretty sure it was Vetrolin, but I could be wrong about the brand. I diluted it to the directions and everything, but she just hated it, actually kicked out at me, which she had never done before or after. I poured the rest of the bottle out after that.

I actually rarely use shampoo on my horses. I have been feeding a 1/2 cup of Omega Horseshine everyday for about a year and my horse SHINES like she never had before. She gets compliments from everyone, including her former owner. Because she's black the dried sweat really shows and doesn't brush out well (plus it can bleach their coat) so after every sweaty ride I just take a big sponge and a bucket of water and sponge her off with plain water. I used to use a lot of conditioning and detangling products in her mane and tail and I don't even do that anymore......she just seems to have beautiful mane/tail/coat condition on the Omega Horseshine.

So those are my thoughts, for whatever it's worth. Certainly no harm in shampooing if you want to, but I think a good flax supplement and plain water does wonders. <img style="max-width:100%;" src="http://www.horseforum.com/images/smilies/blueunicorn.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Blueunicorn" class="inlineimg" />
Aww she’s a beauty!
She must not like the feeling of liniment.
I used to feed ground flax, I agree it’s great - my horse is now on a ration balancer that contains ground flax in it so I stopped feeding it separately!
 

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This is the one we use:

E3 Elite Grooming Products Antibacterial/Antifungal Shampoo for Pets

I don't know if it strips oils or not. I've never noticed any problems with dry skin or hair. But we don't use it more than once a month. We only wash them when (1) they are really dirty or (2) I'm treating for a skin condition. Otherwise, if they are hot, we just hose them off.

Anyway, I like it because we've had problems with rain rot and scratches, and this stuff really seems to help. It also suds well and smells nice, and definitely gets them clean.
 

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I've used Vetrolin moisturizing shampoo for years and really like it. I really don't use in on the horses much though. I use it mostly on the dogs.
 

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Just wanted to update that I tried the Eqyss MicroTek Shampoo and was really impressed. Not only did it clean a lot of dirt away, but the hair was so shiny afterward. Also, the skin did not become dry at all--the hairs did not feel stripped of the natural oils either. So a thumbs up from me!
 

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Equifuse shampoos are wonderful! I also use Equiderma Neem Shampoo and Mane-ly Long Hair Restore Shampoo. A little pricey but worth it to me.
 

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txgirl, I was thinking about the Equiderma Neem shampoo but question... is there much sudsing? Not that I'm looking for big suds (that might indicate a lot of detergent) but I once tried for example Lucky Braids shampoo because I was told it rinses out super clean, well... it was the weirdest shampoo because there were almost no suds at all. I was like, is this shampoo? lol Kinda felt like I was moving water around with my sponge.

Anyway I had heard something similar about the Neem shampoo but I have never tried it myself to confirm that. But I like the idea of Neem for lots of reasons - first and foremost that bugs don't like it. (I actually mix pure Neem oil into Swat and sometimes rub the oil straight onto my mare's areas where bugs irritate her)

Others I am leaning towards trying the E3 and also the Vetrolin BUT in the lead right now is Corona Shampoo since I do know it at least rinses well. It's the stripping I'm most concerned about but maybe there's no such thing really as a shampoo that won't strip the horse's natural oils!
 

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You keep saying you don't want to "strip the oils" from the coat...
There is a difference to removing some to clean and stripping the coat of all oils...
I have a feeling you feel this way about your own haircare products...
What do you use on your hair?
Daily, semi-weekly, weekly washes?
Why not use what you use on you on the horse?
If it meets your approval for your own body, then to me the search is over...

We often use much-to-much-product and instead of getting clean we actually are not rinsing the applied product off well enough, hence the feeling of dirty and oily...not the products fault but the heavy-hand of the person applying said product.
True of laundry products too...a lot is not better.
You want clean clothes then they need to rinse well of the cleansing product introduced...ever watch your washer spin your clothes of water...how much suds are you seeing spin out, how much is yet left behind...yuck!! :|
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