Choosing the right shampoo

By Your Horse

Tack and equipment advice

20 July 2012 10:30

The choice of shampoos is huge and can sometimes be a little confusing, so before you decide which one is best for your horse it’s worth doing a bit of research.

Horses have extremely sensitive skin, and like us, some are more susceptible to irritation than others – so it’s wise to be careful when choosing a shampoo.

When introducing any new product, it’s always a good idea to do a patch test to make sure your horse isn’t allergic to it. If your horse is particularly sensitive go for a hypoallergenic shampoo which  hopefully won’t irritate his skin

There is now a large number of colour-enhancing shampoos on the market. These tend to work one of two ways. Some contain dye to match and enhance your horse’s natural coat colour. Others contain optical brighteners, which are absorbed by the hair and increase the coat’s ability to reflect light, enhancing his natural colour - so it appears brighter and shinier.

Many whitening shampoos work by adding a blue agent to the coat. In natural light, this blue becomes neutral, making the white seem even whiter. These are great for using on any white markings.

A concentrated shampoo can be a cost-effective option – read the label to work out how long the bottle will last and if it’s value for money.

Whatever shampoo you use rinsing it all out is essential. Leaving any in can lead to irritation.