We want to keep our horses clean. We remove dirt and dust from the coat, and the grooming process is a pleasant massage for our four legged friend. For our horses, grooming is almost as beneficial as mutual crawling within the herd. As simple as it might sound to you, regular grooming is the most effective (and cheapest) disease prevention for your horse.
The coat: shiny and beautiful
Grooming removes dirt and dead skin cells most effectively, in turn enhancing the horse’s own detox process.
It is important to always brush the horse properly before you ride it, as any remaining dirt on the back may cause the saddle or pad to rub.
Proper grooming improves blood circulation and lymph flow, in turn providing the skin with more nutrients.
Bathing the horse: How much washing does a healthy horse need?
It is a well-known fact that you should not wash your horse too often. This is true if the horses are kept in a natural environment, for example in an open plan stabling.
The truth is, most horses spend their time indoors in a tiny stable. No rain touches them in order to wash dirt off, neither can any wind blow off dirt particles. In addition, we usually rug them during the winter or they are exposed to a stuffy stable air. Not healthy at all.
If you don’t muck your stables properly, you are exposing your horse to mites and fungi. Stable hygiene is important.
Many of us go to shows with our horse, and we want them to look great. Hence, we wash them.
In order to answer the question: A healthy horse that is kept in a natural environment doesn’t need to be washed too often. However, the "modern" horse, kept indoor at all times, is anything but natural.
Horses that are kept in open plan stabling can be washed every two weeks, whereas horses that are mostly indoors should be washed once a week. Wash more, and you will disturb the sebaceous layer of the skin, making it prone to disease.
A bath with a good shampoo actually helps to keep the skin and coat healthy. Especially during spring, after the rug season, a good wash helps to wash off all “winter dirt.“
"During winter, washing is taboo."
During summer, you can also simply hose your horse down without using any grooming products. Doing so, you are removing urine, poop, and sweat. This will keep the insects away since they are drawn to dirty environments. Additionally, lukewarm water promotes blood circulation and contributes to the skin’s health.
Bathing with a good shampoo, for example our Kikolily Rhassoul shampoo, benefits your horse, as it will simply make it cleaner. Yes, just water eliminates sweat and dirt to some extent, but sometimes a deeper cleanse is needed.
The ingredients in our Rhassoul Shampoos do not affect the pH of the skin. Rhassoul clay also absorbs fluid, reducing skin dryness and dandruff.
This effect is great, as it keeps the skin elastic.
Our Rhassoul clay originates from Morocco, obtained from fertile soil. In Arabic, this clay is called “washing clay.” Rhassoul contains a lot of magnesium, potassium, and calcium, as well as small amounts of iron, aluminum and sodium.
Regulates sebum production in a natural way, without drying the skin or affecting the hair
Calms skin irritation
Strengthens and nourishes the hair follicle, promoting a healthy and shiny coat
The clay is suitable for most sensitive horses. No aggressive surfactants that affect the horse's organism.
Next week, we are going to take a closer look at the coat.
Talk to you soon, Nicole