Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Bath time: Favorite horse grooming products

I was so pleased with how sleek and shiny Panama looked for the horse show last weekend. I gave him a bath the night before and put his rain sheet on him to keep him clean overnight. (It was late when I bathed him and early when I left, so he wouldn't have been too warm in the sheet.)

I love giving my horse a bath, especially now that I have access to a nice indoor wash rack with hot water. I'm always on the lookout for new products to use in the bath, but here are a few of my favorites:

My jelly scrubber is very similar to these, but I can't tell whether it is the same exact one. In any case, it has tiny, soft fingers on one side, and larger, harder nubs on the other side. It's great as a curry, but also as a bath time scrubber. It works best if you have another way of applying the shampoo — for instance, if you mix a tiny bit of shampoo and lots of warm water in an empty, clean dish soap bottle, and use the squirt top to apply the liquid. Don't put the shampoo directly on the jelly scrubber — you'll use far too much shampoo that way!

I also love my sponge brush. Although I think you are supposed to used it like a normal brush to remove sweat while brushing your horse, I actually love to use it as a bath time scrubber. I put shampoo in a bucket and fill it with warm water, then use the brush just like a normal sponge. The scrubbing action of the bristles gets my horse cleaner than a sponge alone, especially on sensitive but dirty areas such as lower legs.

I can't seem to find a link for it anywhere, but I also love to use my Epona Shed Flower at bath time. Especially in the spring when he is still shedding out, the shedding flower does a great job of removing all the loose hair and the dirt that has gotten trapped in his fuzzy winter coat.

I used to use Mane 'n' Tail shampoo and leave-in conditioner, but I switched to Cowboy Magic a little while back for one major reason: They don't test on animals! I try to buy cruelty-free products for myself, and I figured if Panama knew what it was all about, he would probably prefer them, too. Plus, I love the way Cowboy Magic smells — none of that artificial salon smell that doesn't make sense on a horse, anyway!

After shampooing and rinsing, I use Cowboy Magic's leave-in Detangler & Shine in Panama's mane and tail. I use this instead of the conditioner, even though this stuff is much more expensive. Trust me — IT'S WORTH IT. It may be expensive, but you don't need much to get results, and it will make your horse's mane and tail silky and knot-free for at least a week!

What are your favorite products to use at bath time?



At June 23, 2010 at 5:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like big natural sponges - they're expensive but last forever. I also like Vetrolin Bath (refreshing) and Microtek shampoos. When Lily was at home, I used a lot of Quiksilver shampoo (for whites and grays).

At June 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Interesting about the animal testing. I use Mane & Tail on my own hair. You can't go wrong with the Cowboy Magic products, though. It's all I use as a detangler.

At June 23, 2010 at 12:37 PM, Blogger Sydney_bitless said...

I LOOOOVE my jelly scrubber. It's a staple in my grooming box I use it every time. The side with the little nubs of course. When people ask me why my white horse looks, well white, I can tell them because I use that brush allll over.
I love cowboy magic but santa fe products are my favorite. It makes the hair soooo nice without the buildup you can get with mane and tail and cowboy magic (like a lot of silicon which is bad for the hairshaft)

At June 23, 2010 at 1:38 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Kate, how do the natural sponges do for getting the dirt that gets packed in next to the skin? I find that if I don't use something scrubby, I can't get it all. Also, do you think I could use Quiksilver just for Panama's legs? I don't know what it would do to his colored areas, but I'd sure love to get his legs whiter.

NM, I LOVE LOVE LOVE Cowboy Magic's detangler. I agree with you -- nothing else works as well!

Sydney, is there really silicone in the Cowboy Magic detangler? The stuff with the silk protein in it? I don't use anything else on his coat, and I don't bathe him often so I don't think he's at risk for any buildup, but I would be interested to know.

Oh, I also use a lovely spray moisturizer (NO silicone, so you can put it everywhere, even under the saddle) that I buy concentrated and mix up myself. It is especially good for brushing Panama's mane and tail between baths, and keeping static down in the winter.


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