• Welcome to the Chronicle Forums.
    Please complete your profile. The forums and the rest of www.chronofhorse.com has single sign-in, so your log in information for one will automatically work for the other. Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are the views of the individual and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of The Chronicle of the Horse.



Forum rules and no-advertising policy

As a participant on this forum, it is your responsibility to know and follow our rules. Please read this message in its entirety.

Board Rules

1. You’re responsible for what you say.
As outlined in Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, The Chronicle of the Horse and its affiliates, as well Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd., the developers of vBulletin, are not legally responsible for statements made in the forums.

This is a public forum viewed by a wide spectrum of people, so please be mindful of what you say and who might be reading it—details of personal disputes are likely better handled privately. While posters are legally responsible for their statements, the moderators may in their discretion remove or edit posts that violate these rules. Users have the ability to modify or delete their own messages after posting, but administrators generally will not delete posts, threads or accounts upon request.

Outright inflammatory, vulgar, harassing, malicious or otherwise inappropriate statements and criminal charges unsubstantiated by a reputable news source or legal documentation will not be tolerated and will be dealt with at the discretion of the moderators.

2. Conversations in horse-related forums should be horse-related.
The forums are a wonderful source of information and support for members of the horse community. While it’s understandably tempting to share information or search for input on other topics upon which members might have a similar level of knowledge, members must maintain the focus on horses.

3. Keep conversations productive, on topic and civil.
Discussion and disagreement are inevitable and encouraged; personal insults, diatribes and sniping comments are unproductive and unacceptable. Whether a subject is light-hearted or serious, keep posts focused on the current topic and of general interest to other participants of that thread. Utilize the private message feature or personal email where appropriate to address side topics or personal issues not related to the topic at large.

4. No advertising in the discussion forums.
Posts in the discussion forums directly or indirectly advertising horses, jobs, items or services for sale or wanted will be removed at the discretion of the moderators. Use of the private messaging feature or email addresses obtained through users’ profiles for unsolicited advertising is not permitted.

Company representatives may participate in discussions and answer questions about their products or services, or suggest their products on recent threads if they fulfill the criteria of a query. False "testimonials" provided by company affiliates posing as general consumers are not appropriate, and self-promotion of sales, ad campaigns, etc. through the discussion forums is not allowed.

Paid advertising is available on our classifieds site and through the purchase of banner ads. The tightly monitored Giveaways forum permits free listings of genuinely free horses and items available or wanted (on a limited basis). Items offered for trade are not allowed.

Advertising Policy Specifics
When in doubt of whether something you want to post constitutes advertising, please contact a moderator privately in advance for further clarification. Refer to the following points for general guidelines:

Horses – Only general discussion about the buying, leasing, selling and pricing of horses is permitted. If the post contains, or links to, the type of specific information typically found in a sales or wanted ad, and it’s related to a horse for sale, regardless of who’s selling it, it doesn’t belong in the discussion forums.

Stallions – Board members may ask for suggestions on breeding stallion recommendations. Stallion owners may reply to such queries by suggesting their own stallions, only if their horse fits the specific criteria of the original poster. Excessive promotion of a stallion by its owner or related parties is not permitted and will be addressed at the discretion of the moderators.

Services – Members may use the forums to ask for general recommendations of trainers, barns, shippers, farriers, etc., and other members may answer those requests by suggesting themselves or their company, if their services fulfill the specific criteria of the original post. Members may not solicit other members for business if it is not in response to a direct, genuine query.

Products – While members may ask for general opinions and suggestions on equipment, trailers, trucks, etc., they may not list the specific attributes for which they are in the market, as such posts serve as wanted ads.

Event Announcements – Members may post one notification of an upcoming event that may be of interest to fellow members, if the original poster does not benefit financially from the event. Such threads may not be “bumped” excessively. Premium members may post their own notices in the Event Announcements forum.

Charities/Rescues – Announcements for charitable or fundraising events can only be made for 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations. Special exceptions may be made, at the moderators’ discretion and direction, for board-related events or fundraising activities in extraordinary circumstances.

Occasional posts regarding horses available for adoption through IRS-registered horse rescue or placement programs are permitted in the appropriate forums, but these threads may be limited at the discretion of the moderators. Individuals may not advertise or make announcements for horses in need of rescue, placement or adoption unless the horse is available through a recognized rescue or placement agency or government-run entity or the thread fits the criteria for and is located in the Giveaways forum.

5. Do not post copyrighted photographs unless you have purchased that photo and have permission to do so.

6. Respect other members.
As members are often passionate about their beliefs and intentions can easily be misinterpreted in this type of environment, try to explore or resolve the inevitable disagreements that arise in the course of threads calmly and rationally.

If you see a post that you feel violates the rules of the board, please click the “alert” button (exclamation point inside of a triangle) in the bottom left corner of the post, which will alert ONLY the moderators to the post in question. They will then take whatever action, or no action, as deemed appropriate for the situation at their discretion. Do not air grievances regarding other posters or the moderators in the discussion forums.

Please be advised that adding another user to your “Ignore” list via your User Control Panel can be a useful tactic, which blocks posts and private messages by members whose commentary you’d rather avoid reading.

7. We have the right to reproduce statements made in the forums.
The Chronicle of the Horse may copy, quote, link to or otherwise reproduce posts, or portions of posts, in print or online for advertising or editorial purposes, if attributed to their original authors, and by posting in this forum, you hereby grant to The Chronicle of the Horse a perpetual, non-exclusive license under copyright and other rights, to do so.

8. We reserve the right to enforce and amend the rules.
The moderators may delete, edit, move or close any post or thread at any time, or refrain from doing any of the foregoing, in their discretion, and may suspend or revoke a user’s membership privileges at any time to maintain adherence to the rules and the general spirit of the forum. These rules may be amended at any time to address the current needs of the board.

Please see our full Terms of Service and Privacy Policy for more information.

Thanks for being a part of the COTH forums!

(Revised 1/26/16)
See more
See less

Do you use people shampoo, dish soap or horse shampoo on your horse.

  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • Do you use people shampoo, dish soap or horse shampoo on your horse.

    Just wondering since there is such a big price difference.

    I personally like the Corona horse shampoo and the ivory dish soap.

  • #2
    I use Ajax lemon flavored dish soap 90% of the time. Every once in a while I'll throw on some Quicsilver, but my new horse is solid dark bay, so no white cleaning necessary.

    I do use human conditioner (Suave!) on the tail because it smells delicious and its super cheap.

    I don't bathe often though- just at/before shows.


    • #3
      I use Suave shampoo and conditioner. And if I'm in a hurry, I use the 2 in 1, with shampoo & conditioner in one bottle.

      I've found over the years that anything indicated exclusively for equine use costs boatloads more, even with identical ingredients.
      Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.


      • #4

        Whatever I happen to have around.
        Click here before you buy.


        • #5
          Botanical Shampoo for horses. Is pricey but does a great job.
          "The difference between genius and stupidity is that genius has its limits." Albert Einstein



          • #6
            how about melaluca shampoo for dogs!


            • #7
              Human shampoo users, do you use it on their coats or just the mane and tail?
              ~Amy~ TrakehNERD clique
              *Bugs 5/86-3/10 OTTB Mare* RIP lovely Lady, I miss you
              *Frodo '03 Anglo Trakehner Gelding*
              My Facebook


              • #8
                Suave on the coat or whatever is cheapest that day.

                And Infusium 23 Leave In ROCKS for tails/manes. I also realllly loff the smell.
                <>< Sorrow Looks Back. Worry Looks Around. Faith Looks Up! -- Being negative only makes a difficult journey more difficult. You may be given a cactus, but you don't have to sit on it.


                • Original Poster

                  Originally posted by Bugs-n-Frodo View Post
                  Human shampoo users, do you use it on their coats or just the mane and tail?

                  All over


                  • #10
                    The shampoo all over, the conditioner just the mane and tail.

                    Their coats are already shiny and glossy with just the shampooing, and I find their manes and tails need that little more oomph you get with conditioner.
                    Homeopathy claims water can cure you since it once held medicine. That's like saying you can get sustenance from an empty plate because it once held food.


                    • #11
                      I use whatever is around/what I can find.

                      Dishsoap does work well for white legs, but I don't currently have any horses with white on their bodies (besides a star)


                      • #12
                        Suave shampoo all over and conditioner just on the tail. Cheap, cheap, cheap. And it smells so nice. I get the coconut one. Yummy!
                        Chronicles of the $700 Pony
                        The Further Adventures of the $700 Pony
                        www.blithetraveler.com <-- My Blog


                        • #13
                          I have to confess to owning and using Kiehl's Equine Shampoo for my horse...

                          Yes, it costs the earth but nothing else - even my expensive human salon shampoo that didn't work on my "new" hair - leaves his coat so smooth and shiny. Plus, he seems to like it, too, or at least he stands quieter for baths with it.

                          I do use Quicksilver or some human blue/purple shampoos on his white sock, though... And I don't do conditioner. I just put a dab of Cowboy Magic in my hand and run it through his tail (and if there's some left I smooth down my hair, too!).


                          • #14
                            I don't use conditioner on the manes (because I have to braid them) but I don't rinse it from the tail. I apply just a tiny tiny amount to the part below the tailbone, and then it goes back in its braid in the tailbag. The rest gets liberally coated with ShowSheen-esque products.


                            • #15
                              Suave shampoo and conditioner, all over. (Well, no conditioner below the knee on the front legs.) Two of my horses have large white stockings. There is lots of red clay in our pasture, and I've found that only the strawberry Suave shampoo will get the white areas clean. Expensive shampoo won't get it; dish soap won't get; even other Suave scents won't. But that strawberry stuff is awesome.
                              "If you can't walk with the big horses, stay in the stall!"


                              • #16
                                Ivory Dish Soap


                                • #17
                                  Orvus!! We've had our current "tub" for almost five years now and we're down to about a quarter left. Two of ours are black, so they are fairly easy to keep clean. It does a GREAT job of getting a white sock white again. We'll see how good it works on our gray soon enough.

                                  "There are no stupid questions, but there are a LOT of inquisitive idiots."
                                  -Member of the Mighty Thoroughbred Clique!


                                  • #18
                                    Normally I use a horse shampoo since the ingredients in people shampoo has the propensity to dry out the hair and skin. I like the Corona a lot, it gets the job done and doesn't seem to be too drying to the coat, skin or tail- if a shampoo dries out the tail I don't use it again, it's my personal gauge of whether or not it's too harsh. I generally can tell right after the bath when the tail tries- if it has a 'grayish'/dull/starey look or feels brittle, that's my marker.

                                    I have used Dove shampoos and conditioners in the past (like when I'm trying to use up an old bottle), and I do like that a lot. My only concen is whether the scents in the shampoos and conditioners (horse or human) will attract bugs or not. One of my old trainers told me she once used an apple-scented shampoo (people) on her horse and had bees chasing them around all day at the show they went to

                                    The best I've ever used was a shampoo called Hylyte, which is hard to find unless you get it through a vet or order it online. It's not horribly super-expensive, but it does cost more than some of the other shampoos (horse or human).

                                    Hylyte is a glycerin-based, soap free shampoo, which is really great for the horse's coat (and can be used on any animal too) and more importantly, skin. It doesn't dry it out, it doesn't strip anything out of the skin or hair (like all the oils that need to be there!!!) and it brings up a luster in the coat that I've not found in any other shampoo: it looks healthy with a "bloom," not fuzzy with a silicone shine. Also, it lasts a long time- it must be concentrated, because it doesn't take much to get the job done. Oh, and since it's soap-free I can use it on his face and I don't worry about it getting in his eyes. It's perfect all around!!!

                                    As a matter of fact, I'm half tempted to use it on my own hair after seeing how good it made Reese look
                                    Originally posted by Martha Drum
                                    ...But I don't want to sit helmetless on my horse while he lies on the ground kicking a ball around without a bridle while Leatherface does an interpretive dance with his chainsaw around us.


                                    • #19
                                      You know that dish soap takes the oils out of the coat? It's not recommended for washing your car with, due to it's stripping nature, will strip your wax job off, if you don't want it to.

                                      I'd stick with horsey shampoo myself, there are some cheap, or big gallons of concentrated dog shampoo from many of the online suppliers.
                                      "As a rule we disbelieve all the facts and theories for which we have no use."- William James

                                      Proud member of the Wheat Loss Clique.


                                      • #20
                                        ANYTHING THAT WORKS!!! My pink skinned, white TB gelding is the KING of Camoflage!! He takes mud and poop scrub baths to a new level! I've found that a cheap, wholesale shampoo (human) works quite well as does Wisk clothes soap or anything with blueing in it. For non-obscene horses we used to use Palmolive dish soap with good results.
                                        Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma