Things To Look Out For
Your Horse’s Skin Condition
What type of horse shampoo your mane man needs is entirely dependent on their current skin condition, as some mares will need a specific kind of care if they are suffering from any coat issues.
If your horse has perfectly healthy skin, you can use regular shampoo, but if your steed is suffering from lesions, infections or irritations it’s best to try and find medicated shampoos to help treat these conditions.
These will often boast antibacterial or antifungal properties and herbal ingredients such as tea tree oil and lemongrass to help soothe and heal irritations.
Because a healthier and glossier coat makes for a happier and healthier horse!
Whole Wash Or Spot Clean
As well as standard regular shampoo in bottle form, you may occasionally come across stain-removal spray formulas, which are more intended for spot cleaning.
Whole wash solutions are obviously needed for regular cleaning sessions, but spot cleaning bottles make your job less tiresome and frequent if your pony is always picking up spots of mud here, there and everywhere.
Every horse owner wants their horse to glow like a unicorn after a short shampoo session and so it can often be tempting to go for products which promise super shiny results thanks to ‘strong’ or ‘super-strength’ formulas.
The truth is though that a horse’s skin already has a beautiful natural sheen, and strong ingredients can end up stripping a horse of its natural oils.
It’s, therefore, best to go for the mildest ingredients, which won’t strip away oils and will help bring out your horse’s inner shine!
You may notice that some horse shampoos offer colour boosters designed to help bring out those stunning, natural colours of your filly’s coat. If your horse’s skin is looking a little dull or less vibrant than usual, these blue or purple solutions can often help revitalise your colt’s pretty complexion.
Just like us humans, horsies can sometimes suffer from dull, dry and unappealing coats if their skin lacks moisture and so it’s always a great idea to choose a shampoo with moisturising ingredients.
Certain ingredients are naturally helpful for making coats nice and shiny, such as aloe vera, but a shampoo which creates a lot of lather can also provide just as much moisture to a horse’s skin. But as it’s difficult to know how much lather a product is going to produce, it’s best to just to seek out shampoos which promise moisturising effects!
As you horse owners are well aware, horsehair can be particularly thick and it often takes a good scrub to wash out all that grub and dirt! Try and find a product which promises deep penetration, which can get through the hair and into the skin. This will help them regain skin moisture better than just standard moisturiser – as if it can’t reach the skin, it can’t do its job!