Good Horse-Keeping

25 household products you can use on your horse

Lately we’ve been all about lists, gearing up for the Congress or maybe it’s just fall in the air. This week’s list is 25 household products that can do double duty at the barn. 

  1. Fantastic-great for removing green off your horse’s white markings or legs.
  2. Toothpaste-cleaning silver
  3. Listerine Mouthwash-clears dandruff and fungus from manes and tails, disinfecting/cleaning bits and buckets, cleaning clipper blades
  4. WD40 for detangling or removing burrs, cleaning clipper blades, and loosening stubborn Chicago screws or the buckle on the halter you left out in the rain/snow for a few weeks.
  5. Coconut oil for tail conditioning
  6. Mayonnaise for after a full body clip job
  7. SOS pads/Sanding Blocks for sanding hooves
  8. Vinegar and baking soda for yucky urine soaked tails (oh the joys of a mare!)
  9. Armor All for shining boots at the gate
  10. Fine tooth Flea Combs are great for cleaning Velcro on splint boots and “fluffing” your English pad so it looks like new again
  11. Lint Roller for removing shavings from your saddle pad or polo wraps
  12. Bleach for disinfectant or typical laundry use to whiten splint boots/polo wraps, etc.
  13. Baby Powder/Cornstarch. Take the squeek out of a new saddle or to get legs white. Baby Powder is great to put in your boots to absorb the stink and help them slide on and off with ease.
  14. Air Compressor to clean out the dust from tooled saddles and equipment
  15. Baby Diapers for hoof abscesses
  16. Corn Oil is a great additive for feed to promote healthy and shiny skin coats
  17. Toothbrushes for cleaning silver and leather they also work great for cleaning out clipper blades.
  18. Hairspray for braids, bands or tail. It’s also a great stain remover for that spilled hoof polish on your skin or stained hands from those fancy new black leather English gloves.
  19. Coffee grinder for crushing up pills/supplements
  20. Vicks Vapor Rub in your gelding/stallion’s nostrils to keep him from “flashing” in a halter or showmanship class
  21. Handheld strainer for removing bugs, hay, etc from water troughs and buckets
  22. Vinegar-Rust removal for anything metal
  23. Blue Dawn Dish Soap for stubborn stains or squirt a little on tails for those naughty pasture pals that like to give haircuts
  24. Zip Ties for attaching tail extensions and quick emergency tack repairs
  25. Shoe polish for blacking hooves

Do you have something to add to the list? Be sure to add it in the comments below. Until next week!

- Paige Morgan
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