How To Remove Stains From Your Horse
There are few things more fun for your horse to do than roll. He’s likely going to end up with manure or grass stains, which are there no matter his coat color. You’re just more likely to see it on a white, gray, palomino, or other light colored horse. You will want to remove as much of the stain as possible, as it can become permanent if re-stained again and again. Manure and urine stains are also food for flies, so a stain free horse makes them less likely to be bothered by pests.
Your first plan of attack it to remember that your horse’s natural oils provide a stain barrier. Constant stripping of these oils with too frequent shampoo or a poor diet give stains a better chance of lasting. Daily and vigorous grooming is your best defense against stains.
First attack any stains with your grooming gloves. This gets any surface dirt up, and can sometimes remove a lot of the stain, too!
Try warm water first. One of the best stain fighters is a simple wash cloth that’s barely damp with warm or hot water. Wipe the stain away. You might want to lightly rub the stain. You might find that the more water you add, the more the stain starts to smear around instead of disappear.
Then move onto a spot remover or dry shampoo. Many of these also include odor neutralizers, which is good for your nose and hides the stain from flies. Same technique here – use a tiny amount. You might want to let it sit for a minute or two. Then wipe away with a dry or barely damp cloth.
There’s a good chance this will remove all of the stain! Keep up with the daily grooming to stimulate and spread around those natural oil that your horse makes himself. Treat the stains as necessary as soon as possible, and enjoy the grooming process with your horse!