Anybody who owns a grey horse of any shape or size, knows how difficult it is to keep them clean. Some of us have spent an arm or a leg in money and time to get sort of close to clean. And now that I now have my sweet Pearl, I have had to work out a regimen for keeping her white-ish, no matter how much she lays in her own poop.
I have found a great range of products from many different brands that have been really effective and helped to tame that coat. But, as a lot of equestrians know, some of the best stuff is expensive. My range varies with products from $5 to $20. My kit includes the following:
- Microfiber Bathing Mitt- I use this to scrub on her face without the harshness around the sensitive areas (ie. Eyes, Nostrils, Ears): $5.95 on Smartpak here.
- Vetrolin White ‘N Brite- This stuff is my holy grail for Pearl. It works amazingly on getting out those stains and brightning her coat: $14.99 at Smartpak here.
- Mane ‘n Tale- I use this stuff as a basic washing soap. It is affective of getting out stenches and cleaning the hair but isn’t great for sun protection or strengthening on the hair: $7.00 at any drug store
- SleekEZ- Pearl just turned 1 this month and is starting to loose her baby fuzz. This tool really helps get that baby hair out from under her coat so that new hair can grow. It works especially well when coat is wet: $15.95 on Smartpak here.
- Hippies On Horses Soft & Shiny Shampoo and Spray-In Conditioner- This stuff is the real deal if you want to strengthen your horse’s coat and promote growth. It is made by hand with All-Natural Ingredients so it makes me feel good about using it on her often: $11.00 each on the HOH site here and get 5% off when you use code HOHSYDGREEN!
- Pony Riders Club Assorted Rainbow Pony Sticks- Only being 1, Pearl gets distracted very easily. These treats are large and sweet enough keep her busy for a while and not dancing around being bored: $9.00 for 12 sticks here
Since she isn’t in full work, I leave her mane long so that it be majestic. My best trick to tame that crazy mane and forlock is to do a running and a button braid. I do her mane in a tight running braid along her mane so that if she does roll, there are just shavings and such on the outside of the mane. I do her forlock in a button braid so that it is out of the way when putting on/off her halter and getting it out of her eyes when she is eating. Adding a bit of water to your hands and spritzing the hair allows for stronger and smoother braid.
We like to have a lot of fun while we bathe to keep her from wiggling. So, if you have a horse that stands well, or a mini that you can block the enrty/exit of the wash area, let them go halterless. It allows for easier access to the face and makes them feel more comfortable.
Her before and afters are crazy. Just with two treatments of this regimen she has gone from drab to fab.
I hope my routine for kepping my mini “pearly white”… pun intended, has helped you guys! Feel free to DM on instagram if you have and questions @equestrian.syd !
Until Next Time Preps,
Sydney & The Ponies