Thursday, November 9, 2017

Grey Horse Problems

Remember how I went into every horse shopping experience ever saying, "I don't want a grey."?

Remember those days?

I wanted nothing to do with the grooming of a grey horse, especially down the line when grey becomes white. Opie isn't as much of a hog as he could be, but he does love deep sleeps in his stall and has recently discovered the joys of mud. While he's still plenty dark, his grey is more silver-ish--fucking awesome, yes, but it does next to nothing to hide dirt and pee and poop spots. Plus he's got that great big white snoot, a white pastern one hind, and a white leg on the other hind.

nothing more satisfying than a brand new blankie

I'm a Type A organizational cleanliness psycho, so Opie is getting really good at standing quietly on the crossties while I dig into him with my curry comb and brushes. Fortunately the dude seems to love his grooming time, even channeling his inner Prince and begging for the curry comb to get stuffed down his ears.

Unfortunately, my grooming tools do not extend further than a rubber curry and a couple of brushes. I don't have any sprays or lotions or dry shampoos or anything fancier than a bottle of Mane and Tail in my arsenal.

I know there are a lot of current and former grey horse owners in the blogosphere, and all of your horses seem to always look amazing, so what are the tricks of the trade? What do I need to purchase for optimum cleanliness, both for a full showtime scrub down and a cold winter day spot clean?

Tell me all your secrets!

and nothing more sad than its first mud bath

25 comments:

  1. I hear you- who in their right mind would buy a grey horse?(ignore the fact that I actually bought 2!). I don't get too worried about it in the day to day. Carmen wears a blanket in the cooler weather and I'm going to get her a sheet for when we show. I have a bottle of Green Spot Remover by Cowboy Magic and that stuff is awesome. However, when you use it make sure you rub it off with a towel or you will get weird sweat marks.

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  2. As the former owner of a cremello, Green Spot Remover by Cowboy Magic and Ezall Green Detangler. Ezall doesn't attract dirt or leave "marks" on their mane/tail and I love it. It has a banana scent. And Teresa is right, rub the Green Spot Remover off bc you will get weird sweat marks.
    A rubber curry, stuff brush and soft brush are all I used. Good luck in this masochistic club!

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    1. I totally second green spot remover! Magical stuff.

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  3. Chiming in from the "I swear it's flaxen not pee covered white hair" camp. I have tried a LOT and the W.O.W. Enzymatic whitener is my favorite. It's the only reason Connor doesn't look totally feral all winter when I can't wash his feathers and tail. No water required.

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  4. Following because...well, have you seen Joey? ;) He stayed so much cleaner before he fluffed up and turned into a polar bear and started sleeping in his own poo. :/

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  5. also almost got a gray when i was looking... now i just have a lot of chrome to clean. honestly i'd look at ecoliciousequestrian.com. it's what lauren kieffer uses on landmarks monte carlo and that horse is WHITE and always looks like a unicorn.

    or just dye him black!!! that could work!

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  6. Green spot remover, waterless shampoo, and blueing will be your friends πŸ˜‰ when I had 5 greys at the same time (because I'm a masochist apparently), I bought a giant tub of Orvus and made my own mix of that with blueing for baths. But mostly I just clean where the tack goes and ignore the rest πŸ˜‚

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  7. I used to show a white/grey horse, had a palomino for a long time, and now have a lot of chrome to keep sparkly! For regular baths and white legs I loooove just plain old clear ivory dish soap. It's gentle on the skin and keeps everything looking bright. You can also clip white legs to really up the sparkle factor! Plus it's cheap and easy to be able to use once a week or so on legs & tails to keep things clean. Quick Silver shampoo is also fantastic for pre-show baths, but it's more expensive than ivory so I don't use it on the regular. But honestly, regular currying and a good diet goes a looooong way in creating a coat that is healthy and won't hold onto stains too badly.

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    1. Agree that clipping the legs helps a ton!

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  8. Get really good during the winter at pretending your horse is a poopaloosa chestnut.

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  9. Elbow grease and blueing in the bathwater. Mine heads straight for the poo pillow the night after a bath though - it's inevitable. ;D

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  10. No helpful advice, just sending you good cleaning juju and sending a prayer Opie sees the light and keeps himself clean lol

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  11. So, best kept secret? Flysect Super 7 flyspray gets manure stains out. Very easily in fact. Best discovery I ever made. (besides Krudzapper obviously)

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  12. I second Cowboy Magic greenspot remover and QuicSilver!!

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  13. My solution? Brown horses. Lol.....

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  14. We used the Carr & Day & Martin Gallop shampoo on a blanket app with a thick winter coat, and he came out PRISTINE, so I've got a bottle of the grey formula of that stashed away for when Justice finally goes full-on varnished-out roan on me. (Which at the rate he's going, that may be next year... lol)

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  15. I’m learning so much from other people’s posts! I will say that any sort of shine product really helps prevent stains which I prefer. Equifuse Rinse is my favorite. I use Gallop whitening shampoo and have the Trot the Spot green spot remover. Warning for you on that one, it’s my favorite herbal scent and I know you aren’t fond of that :P

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  16. I own a grey as well so I understand the pain... Lucky braids shampoo and coat spray. It's like oxy clean for horses. The website also has tons of great grooming articles. It's the only product that actually removes stains in my experience.

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  17. For the legs in the summer: Quicksilver. So much quicksilver. Straight concentrate. Scrub that shit right in dry, leave it for a bit, then rinse.

    Full baths with diluted quicksilver in the summer (or if you have not freezing water in the winter). Scrub in as above for poop strains anywhere though. Only downside to full baths with it is it does require a lot of rinsing to get out. Makes them super soft and shiny though.

    For winter/ light spot cleaning, Shapleys easy out no rinse or whatever the purple one in the spray bottle is.

    For legs before shows: I use the white shapleys show touch up on my pony’s perpetually yellow tinted hocks and knees. It’s basically horse spray paint and I’m not ashamed. Brush over it with a hard brush after spraying to spread it out if it looks unnatural.

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  18. Imma take a minute to gloat about my black horse.

    Carry on.

    And nooooo we're not talking about how her white socks are completely gross.

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    1. Yip. Solid bay FTW. After years of a grey and then leopard app, here’s the main things...don’t let big stains sit or ignore them or you’ll never get them out. Clip everything so it’s easier to wash and dry him. Cover him up as much of him as you possibly can...sleazys, fly sheets, sheets, blankets. Just keep him dressed. Godspeed.

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  19. I love greys! But to be honest I only deep cleaned them before shows. Otherwise they were virginia red clay tinted most of the time. My Arab had two socks and a blaze in addition to being grey, so spot cleaner was my life saver after bathes. Roscoe's chrome is nearly as hard to deal with. I do like Cowboys Magic Yellow out and the good old purple shampoo. Mom had purple hands at my last show.

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  20. I have a brown and white paint.... with a lot of white. Quicksilver and Cowboy Magic Green Spot, as have been mentioned. In the winter, I board at my instructor's place so I can use the indoor. Her dirt is a little redder than my home dirt.... Sam picks up a nice rusty tinge from October to April that I have not been able to do away with :/ Spot cleaning is all well and good, but when they rub it into every available hair, you basically are stuck with bath or clipping, and hoping no one notices the mane and tail.

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  21. for getting his tail show ready, I recommend dipping some Blue Lotion into a bucket of water- turn the water purple, then dunk the tail in the water and squeegee off the excess. You may accidentally turn his tail purple the first time (minor detail) but after you get the proportion of Blue Lotion to water right you'll have the most amazing, dazzling tail evar. That's what the 4* grooms do!

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