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Removing Sap From Pine Trees on Horse - How?

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  • Removing Sap From Pine Trees on Horse - How?

    My daughter's mare apparently HAD to scratch, and rubbed her rib cage and hip on several pine trees. Now she has sap. That tree goo is so hard to remove. Any suggestions? It just won't wash off!

  • #2
    I have heard of a number of removers, among them the Simple Green cleaner and Goo Gone. Both said to work well on Pine sap on horses.

    I would be sure to remove ANY cleaner well, since some horses have more sensitive skin than others.


    • #3
      The hand cleaners used for mechanics, usually orange something, work really well. You can get it for very little, and it's great for getting sticky stuff off.


      • #4

        Worked for me when nothing else, including shaving, did. And don't even think of trying peanut butter as a hair stylist suggested to me.


        • #5


          • #6
            Originally posted by ZELLA View Post
            No way am I slathering mayonnaise on my horses with slaughter back on track! Someone might eat the one branded premiium!

            Cooking spray works, but that too might encourage the slaughterettes.


            • #7
              You can try good old plain rubbing alcohol.


              • #8
                while not as thick as pine tar... we have "tar weed" a really sticky plant that just covers the horses in black sticky grime.

                91% Alcohol works well.

                Oil (baby oil - mineral oil) also works, but I have found that the alcohol works better.
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                • #9
                  Mayonnaise works extremely well...


                  • #10
                    Skin so soft works pretty well too.


                    • #11
                      No need to get all fancy or go out to buy anything.
                      Anything with oil in it works to remove sap from a horse. Here's some common household items that work great:
                      Baby Oil
                      Peanut Butter
                      Vegetable Oil
                      Pam Cooking Spray

                      (mayo is mostly veggie oil and peanut butter has tons of peanut oil in it)

                      Whichever oil you use, it's easiest to just shmear a bit over the sticky/sappy parts of the horse and then use your fingertips to work it into the spot a bit. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes, scrub it with your fingertips again and then wipe off with a clean dry cloth or paper towel. Repeat is necessary.
                      When all sap is off, use warm water with a little bit of Dawn dish detergent in it on a washcloth to remove oily spot from coat...otherwise dirt and bedding sticks to that spot!

                      but yep, anything heavy in oil and/or any oil will remove sap.
                      You jump in the saddle,
                      Hold onto the bridle!
                      Jump in the line!


                      • #12
                        I've always heard that butter will take sap off.


                        • #13
                          I second the WD40...a VERY small amount sprayed on a rag will wipe the sap right off.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by cloudyandcallie View Post
                            No way am I slathering mayonnaise on my horses with slaughter back on track! Someone might eat the one branded premiium!

                            Cooking spray works, but that too might encourage the slaughterettes.
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                            • #15
                              Have you tried a little eucalyptus oil? It removes tar so it could work on sap.


                              • #16
                                I have always used hairspray.


                                • #17
                                  My horse gets tree sap on her often. Rubbing alcohol works great. Quick and easy.
                                  "There are only two emotions that belong in the saddle; one is a sense of humor and the other is patience."


                                  • #18
                                    My TB had sap ALL over his chest,
                                    between his front legs and belly almost to his hind legs.
                                    I think he parked him self over a tree,
                                    and slid like a kid slides on a railing.
                                    google for removing pine sap & picked the no chemical option.
                                    Sure it took a 32 ounce bottle and I had to shampoo & rinse after... but with his skin as sensitive as it is, I did not want to risk some of the other options...
                                    ....... pausing


                                    • Original Poster

                                      Originally posted by moodymaretoo View Post
                                      My TB had sap ALL over his chest,
                                      between his front legs and belly almost to his hind legs.
                                      I think he parked him self over a tree,
                                      and slid like a kid slides on a railing.
                                      google for removing pine sap & picked the no chemical option.
                                      Sure it took a 32 ounce bottle and I had to shampoo & rinse after... but with his skin as sensitive as it is, I did not want to risk some of the other options...
                                      I must be more tired/old/stupid that I thought. When I first read this post, I thought 'EVOO' was the TB's name, and wondered what you put on him to remove the sap.

                                      Thanks, everyone, I will pass all of these tips on to my daughter.


                                      • #20
                                        I agree with MistyBlue - anything oily. I usually use clipper oil or MTG because that's what's handy.