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How to Get a White Horse CLEAN!

Updated on January 2, 2008

Get your horse sparkling white!

First, use a curry comb or mudscraper to remove any loose dirt or mud. Brush off excess dust, dirt, and hair with a stiff grooming brush.

Comb tangles out of mane and tail.

Fill bucket with warm water and a whitening shampoo, such as Quic Silver, Orvus, Cowboy Magic, Wonderpoo, etc, or bluing lotion.

Using a hose or sponge, thoroughly wet horse's mane, tail, and coat with clean warm water. Spot treat any mud or manure stains with concentrated shampoo and let shampoo sit. Put small palmful of shampoo directly onto mane and tail and work in to the roots.

Use sponge to apply shampoo and soapy water to the rest of horse's coat. Faces can be the most difficult, so you may want to use a small amount of warm soapy water, rather than concentrated shampoo, so you will not have to rinse as much.

Once horse has been thoroughly shampooed, use a hose or sponge and a fresh bucket of warm water to rinse all shampoo out. Rub hand in circular motion over coat to check that shampoo is completely rinsed off. You can also dunk horse's tail in a bucket of fresh water to help remove shampoo.

Use towels to dry horse off and cover with a cooler or scrim sheet until horse is completely dry. Keep horse covered until time of event.

Any last minute spot cleaning can be acheived by using a small amount of shampoo and water, or by powdering with corn starch or using a whitening spray.

** In cold weather, do not completely soak horse with water. Instead, soak towels in hot water and rub horse down to remove loose dirt.


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      sophie 5 years ago

      i find that show white( main and tail and green spot remover )really helps with geting any type of stains off my horses legs .i just wet with cold water scrud the stain with brush with shampoo on and then rinse out it really helps, because it highlights the light clean areas and brightens the stains makinging them hard to see or even geting rid .the completly a bottle of this only costs about £10 +pp its really good value its a way to solve the last minute rush befor a show it doesnt take long and it really works!

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      Sarah 7 years ago

      I just bleached my horse and scrubbed him with a hand mit. if you have any time and you want to make your horse beautiful just get some mane and tail shampoo and some bleach and you will turn them into any kind of glow. black white paint or roan!!!

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      dkomenda 9 years ago from Mond Engel

      I lived on Guam and had very very red dirt...

      And at the ranch we found that filling a bucket with water and a little clorox bleach and shampoo and soaking the tail in it for like 3 to 5 min help greatly!!!!!!!!! rinse well and use a moisturising conditioner! can even use on tough spots ont he body with a sponge ;)

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      trakker14 9 years ago from franklin

      I had a white horse names Spooky, He was always rolling in the mud...very hard to clean. I guess it needs to be done often.

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      James D. Preston 10 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Wow, I'm a city dweller, and my knowledge of horses is lacking (to put it mildly!) Nevertheless it was an entertaining, and energetic read! There's an endearing no-nonsense approach to this guide, and wonderful detail.

      I kept imagining the horses face dutifully rolling its eyes at me asI worried at it.

      Great hub.