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Grey horse, 40 degrees, horse show help!

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  • Grey horse, 40 degrees, horse show help!

    I am taking my grey/mostly white horse to a show in a week. She gets all day turnout in a mostly muddy field and is not clipped. She likes to sleep in her pee.

    My best idea is to put a sheet on her all next week outside and in and brush like crazy. Any other ideas?

  • #2
    Damp hot towels, Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover (do they still make that?)
    Comprehensive Equestrian Site Planning and Facility Design


    • #3
      Rubbing alcohol works better than anything else for removing stains from a hairy, pee- or poop-stained horse. AND it's super cheap!!!

      Just put it in a spray bottle and spray away! Completely spray (till soaking) each spot, then rub with a towel. Voila! No spots!

      As an aside: I always have rubbing alcohol on hand (I love the wintergreen stuff!) not just for stains but for during the super hot, humid summer months. Since it evaporates more readily than water, a few spritzes on the jugular vein of the neck and the chest really pulls out the heat and speeds the cooling out process. I usually spray my own neck at the same time.
      Last edited by LudgerFan; Oct. 15, 2009, 05:38 PM.


      • #4
        If you have an enclosed area, you can bathe them-long as they are out of the wind and you make sure they are dry before you put them away and out of any wind. They stand out in the rain at 40f.

        I would suggest you jump on any opportunity to really give her a good bath in the next few days when it warms up a bit and is sunny. There is NO way you can get stains off a grey at the last minute and it takes a few times. Once you get it started with the real good bath, you can spot clean as needed.

        But you will need to get that whole body done here first.

        Not so fond memory of my first Hunter at 26f and 5am...that alchohol is colder then the water. Ended up using hot water from the bathroom in a bucket and a towel..but you can't get the whole horse that way. Weather forecast is a warm up next week so keep an eye on it and bring alot of towels.
        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

        The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


        • #5
          Love Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover!!! Give her a bath if you can- otherwise clean, clean, clean and keep her covered!


          • Original Poster

            She's a sissy about being wet and cold and shivered when it was in the 60s and raining and I bathed her before a show. I shall pray for warm weather.

            It's a local $10 a class schooling show but I'd like to be halfway presentable.


            • #7
              Supposed to go up around 60 by the middle of next week in our area...unless you are up by the lake.
              When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

              The horse world. Two people. Three opinions.


              • #8
                WOW works grreat

                Follow the link to this great natural spray. My client uses it on her paint to make him go from green and bay to white and bay. Smells nice. Works FAST even on his winter hair. Curry & brush horse then spray and rub in with towel/rag. Leave it in while you pick hooves and tail. Wipe off. Even removes Blue Coat in a few days and that stuff is like permanent marker. I leave it in while I ride him then he comes out sparkling clean when I rub him down post ride.
                "I am a sand dancer... just here for the jumps!" - Schrammo


                • #9
                  Clean her up as thoroughly as you can, as often as you can, from now until the show.

                  Any dirt that's left on her coat is likely to stain, and that can be a real PITA to get out once it's set in. An ounce of prevention, and all that!


                  • #10
                    I use that powder called "Monkey Butt" powder to cover up any green stains I can't remove completely. Especially if your horse is mostly white, it works wonders. It stays on forever, too!
                    "A good horse and a good rider are only so in mutual trust."


                    • #11
                      Some serious currying can help considerably.

                      Cowboy Magic Spot remover is excellent as is rubbing alcohol.

                      We had a Pony Club games team that went to nationals with 4 greys (everyone had an almost entirely white coat). We would have died without a good curry comb and several bottles of Cowboy Magic spot remover. I was the only one on the team with a non-white horse (lucky me!) but mine did have a flaxen mane & tail that was a stain hazard


                      • #12
                        Give her a bath in quicksilver next week. It's supposed to be 60 after Monday.
                        Nobody puts baby in a corner


                        • Original Poster

                          Praise the lord, I'll wash her every day next week if it stays 60! I own stock in quicksilver.


                          • #14
                            The next warm day you have, give her a good scrubbing and put a sheet on her. That will give you a good base clean.

                            The spot cleaning methods mentioned here do a good job (as does regular thorough grooming), but my horse can turn her entire body into one big spot (and it's rather funny when I spot clean her because the spots are white but the rest of her is yellow). Hopefully, the sheet will prevent you from having to clean more than the neck, legs, belly, and tail. In that case, throw a cooler over her and just wash those dirty parts before the show. If you don't want to bathe her neck with the hose, use hot towels.

                            Worst case scenario: you still have to bathe her. Use a cooler and warm water. If your barn doesn't have hot water, you'll have to use bucket. Put the cooler over the front half of her while you clean the back end and vice versa. I always use a wool cooler for this since it won't soak up any water it encounters. You'll have to go quickly, which is why it's good to get the deep down scrubbing as soon as it's warm. And keep her under a cooler while she dries.

                            Any spots you really didn't get an opportunity to scrub that don't come out with the spot cleaner can be covered with baby powder or corn starch. I've had better luck with corn starch. It's stickier.


                            • #15
                              She sounds like she may be my old gelding's sister! All I can say...best of luck to you!


                              • #16
                                I was always taught to rub corn starch into the stained areas that you can't wash out to disguise it. It does work well and is cheap and non-toxic to your horse. You would need to reapply between classes but it will do socks and small areas nicely. Try it before show to see what you think/how it lasts. I would worry that bathing in rubbing alcohol would be very dry and irritating to the skin of the horse and the rider applying it.


                                • #17
                                  Lucky Braids Whitening Spray or WOW! work great on stains -- Cowboy Magic Green Spot Remover is similar, but I seem to need to use more of it to get results -- I keep my pinto covered and spray any stains on his knees, hocks, elbows, and tail daily -- He stays surprisingly white --

                                  I love quicksilver and similar blueing shampoos to get him blindingly white, but have to be careful about drying his hair out with them -- It seems like his knees and hocks stain much more easily after being washed with those shampoos -- So, I avoid them entirely in the winter --

                                  Neck covers and tail bags are some of my favorite things --
                                  "I never mind if an adult uses safety stirrups." GM


                                  • #18
                                    We have two pure white ponies. I use Orvis and quick silver together. Then I rinse her off, and let her tail and mane sit in purple for a few. After rinsing them completely off, I take a water bucket, fill it up, add 7 -10 drops of blueing. I take a sponge and sponge them off. I lleave the rinse on, sweta scrape and let them dry. Talk about fluffy white ponies!
                                    I also keep tails bagged, sheets and slinkies on 24-7 in colder weather. We also have lights on timers to keep hair down so I dont have to clip.


                                    • #19
                                      And spray with show sheen or another hair polish after the bath...this will help repel stains.
                                      Man plans. God laughs.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by ctab View Post
                                        Follow the link to this great natural spray. My client uses it on her paint to make him go from green and bay to white and bay. Smells nice. Works FAST even on his winter hair. Curry & brush horse then spray and rub in with towel/rag. Leave it in while you pick hooves and tail. Wipe off. Even removes Blue Coat in a few days and that stuff is like permanent marker. I leave it in while I ride him then he comes out sparkling clean when I rub him down post ride.
                                        I swear by this stuff!!!
                                        ~*It's not about the ribbons, but about the ride behind it"
                                        R.I.P. Teddy O'Connor