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DIY Grooming Products

Skip expensive store bought tack sponges and thrush treatments, and make your own from scratch or by repurposing home care items! Here are a few of our favorites:


🧲Spray apple cider or white vinegar on your horse's hooves to keep thrush away.


🧤Inexpensive microfiber car cleaning gloves will remove the last bit of dust from your horse and your tack.


🐎Sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder on clean white legs to keep their chrome.


🧼Lather on the same glycerine soap you use for your tack to get rid of stains on white coats.


🧴 If you don’t want to spend the money on expensive horse shampoos, mild dishwashing liquid works just as well. At college horse shows, Dove was the standard!


👞 To polish hooves, use a wax-based shoe polish and it will also protects from the drying affect of hoof lacquer.


🔨At shows, you can fill nail holes in your horse’s hooves with a matching spackling compound.


⚡ Reduce static electricity in your horse's mane or tail with cling-free dryer sheets.


🦟 Make your own fly spray with the US Forest Service Bug Spray Recipe

1 cup Water

1 cup Avon Skin So Soft Bath Oil

2 cups white vinegar

1 tbs. Eucalyptus oil and/or citronella oil


🧽Use a cheap cloth-covered car waxing sponge for cleaning tack.