Keeping a horse clean is a full time job. According to Equus magazine, many inexpensive household items are indispensable grooming aids. Mineral oil and vinegar work well for lubricating a shave and for stain removal, while silicone spray can detangle manes. Create your homemade horse conditioning spray with a few simple ingredients that will save you money. The secret ingredient is baby oil to bring out the coat's natural shine.
Grooming is extremely important to horses. Even in the wild, horses groom each other. So if you keep your horse in a stall or in a pasture, you must help him wtih daily grooming. A rubber curry comb is used in circular motions to loosen dirt. Bristly dandy brushes flick the dirt off and then brush the mane and tail.
Before a horse show or special event, many riders and owners like to bring out the shine of their horse's coat. A simple method is to use a conditioning spray. One way to create your own homemade version is to use 1/4 cup of hair conditioner. Human or horse conditioner would work for this recipe. Also, 1/4 cup of baby oil and 1/d cup of water is needed. If you want to keep flies away from your horse, you also need 2 tablespoons of vinegar.
Mix together all your ingredients into a 10 ounce spray bottle or old bottle of horse conditioning spray. Before you use it, be sure your horse is dirt free. Use a shedding brush to remove any stray hairs and then use your curry comb. If your horse is very muddy, use a mud brush. Pick out your horse's feet afterwards. Then rub her all over with a towel.
Spray another clean towel with your homemade conditioning spray, rather than spraying directly onto your horse. Spray two pumps to start and then rub the towel along the neck and hindquarters. Avoid using the spray on the horse's back or girth. It can make the saddle slip off, causing injury to the rider. Rub your horse with a clean towel to remove any excess conditioning spray.