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Product test: Shampoo for show champions

HHO tests Champion Tails’ Restoring Emollient Shampoo and Concentrated Conditioning treatment

With the show season up and running, horseowners around the country are stocking up on shampoos and conditioners to help make their horse look their best at competitions.

According to grooming products specialists Champion Tails, its Restoring Emollient Shampoo penetrates horse’s hair, enriching the coat with a special blend of oils and restoring the natural PH balance. It also claims to help to repair damaged hair.

Available in 500ml (around £5.50), 1ltr (around £7.50)

The company’s Concentrated Conditioning Treatment has been formulated to detangle tail hair, giving extra body and bulk for a revitalised, luxurious tail.

Available in 250ml (around £4) and 500ml (around £5.50)

For your local stockists contact Weatherbeeta (tel: 01295 269900) or visit www.championtails.com

Tester’s comments

“Like most horse owners I have my personal favourites when it comes to equine shampoos and tail conditioners/detanglers. But I have to admit I am considering changing my allegiances after using Champion Tails’ products.

“I used the Restoring Emollient Shampoo when I gave my horse her first bath of the year. Her coat was really greasy after being rugged all winter and she had been enjoying rolling in her muddy field during the long wet spring.

“I had to use quite a lot of shampoo to form a rich lather, as instructed on the bottle, but was pleasantly surprised by how easily it rinsed out.

“I found using a separate conditioner which had to be rinsed out a couple of minutes later, like its human counterpart, a bit fiddly, but the tail certainly looked full and was fairly easy to brush through afterwards.

“Stara’s coat dried nice and flat and was a rich mahogany with a fantastic shine. The shampoo left her mane really clean without being difficult to plait the following day.”

Verdict: Would definitely buy the shampoo again – her coat has never looked so good

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