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  1. #1
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    Cool Grey Horse Gift Basket

    A very good friend of mine bought her perfect horse last :week....perfect except she is the absolute one thing my friend didn't want- she's GREY!!! (Friend field boards so, she'll have her work cut out for her).

    I've been half joking about getting her a grey horse gift/care basket (since her last horse was plain dark bay!). It will include:
    • Bluing shampoo
    • An industrial size bottle of Dawn or Ivory (works as well as bluing shampoo, cheaper for every day use)
    • Cowboy Magic Green Spot remover
    • Baby shampoo (works well for grey faces, especially when they aren't great about their face)
    • Baby powder or cornstarch (good for show day dingy spot touch ups)

    Any other ideas?

    Seriously. Cutest little mare ever. And she is PERFECT for my friend! So happy she found her, even if she is grey!



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    WINE
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    ^^^ LOL! Also something similar to show sheen, which IMHO tends to repel dirt. Baby wipes. Lots and lots of rags.
    What's wrong with you?? Your cheese done slid off its cracker?!?!



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    These are cute!
    http://blingforthering.com/
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    A spray bottle of alcohol, some good rub rags, and a stout currycomb.
    "I'm not always sarcastic. Sometimes I'm asleep."
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    as the owner of a gray mare, my perfect gift basket would include:

    - Industrial size bottle of Quic Silver (the BEST shampoo in my extensive experience)
    - Container of Oxyclean (great for tails)
    - Tail bag (keeping those white tails up keeps them from getting so yellow/stained)
    - Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover
    - Eqyss tail spray--either the Marigold or Avocado one. Great for tails
    - Clipper blades -- keeping legs/socks trimmed makes them stay whiter --clipping the whole horse works great too
    - Rags/towels
    - Sheet and lycra neck cover for shows

    Nothing (in my opinion) looks more fabulous than a spotless, sparkling gray show hunter. But they sure are a lot of work......

    Good luck to your friend!
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    I use one of these little scrubbers on my grey's legs (and sometimes whole body for the 1st bath of the spring!) - learned from another grey owner Also works well on face with baby shampoo.

    http://www.amazon.com/OXO-Good-Grips.../dp/B00004OCLK

    Got mine at walmart or target.

    Maybe also include some treats? If I hold treats in my hand in front of my horse's mouth I can wash his face while he's trying to get the treats.

    ETA - show sheen - I spray my grey down with show sheen after a bath and I think it helps repel stains
    "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse..." ~Revelation 19:11



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    My go-tos are lucky braid shampoo, silk prescription as a conditioner and a cactus cloth!!!



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    I like Supreme Products Leg and Body whitener. I like their blueing as well.

    And a lycra full body suit



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    The white spray-paint stuff they use on show cattle. AWESOME for that last minute whitening or for the stains that WILL NOT come off. Another nice trick is Blu-Kote in water, just until it's pale blue, sprayed over the horse after every bath. And a sleazy.
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    One (or more) large bottle(s) of 180 proof alcohol. For internal use only.



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    Quote Originally Posted by deltawave View Post
    The white spray-paint stuff they use on show cattle.
    Oh I forgot about that! Mines for horses though, got it in a few colours.

    Whats a sleazy?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Loopy View Post
    Oh I forgot about that! Mines for horses though, got it in a few colours.

    Whats a sleazy?
    A sleazy is a coverup for horses. In many colors, and keeps manes clean and body cleaned, etc. (Or it could be a Cother who canoes with many people!)


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    Ah just googled it (with some trepidation ) and it's pretty much the same as what we call a body suit.



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    In addition to the excellent suggestions already posted...

    Orvis paste shampoo
    White chalk
    Corn starch
    Pumice block



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    Wow! Lots of great ideas. Some I forgot about, some I've never heard of! Thanks!



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    I like to use healthy hair on my grey for every day maintenance - it seems to help repel some of the dirt and/or make it curry out easier.



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    I second a cactus cloth

    Also my mum found this (not sure how, as she's not a horse person) and felt compelled to buy it for me: http://www.horse-spa.com/tail-bucket.html
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    if you can find Lucky Braids shampoo (I think it's being discontinued), BUY IT. Keeps their tails SUPER white all the time.. unbelievable stuff really.



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    Quote Originally Posted by emirae1091 View Post
    I second a cactus cloth

    Also my mum found this (not sure how, as she's not a horse person) and felt compelled to buy it for me: http://www.horse-spa.com/tail-bucket.html
    LOL - I love the horse in that video. He keeps looking back at the girl like WTF?

    My horse would probably swish her tail once with that bag on it and freak out from the noise.

    I have a little gray mare too. I have mostly given up on trying to keep her white. My only suggestion other than what everyone has suggested for shampoo is extra tail/leg straps for blankets and sheets. Mares tend to make a mess of those - I'm constantly butt washing during blanket season!



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