Keeping our horses looking – and feeling – their best is important to every horse owner, and using one of the best horse shampoos is a great place to start. Whether your horse is grey or bay, unusually attracted to mud or has sensitive skin, there is a shampoo out there for him. You’ll find whitening and brightening shampoos, specific stain-removing options, gentle formulas and shampoos with all-natural ingredients – there is a lot to choose from. Waterless shampoos and stain removers are another option – and are particularly handy for spot stains or when it’s too cold to bath.
Here is a round up of the best horse shampoos on the market (listed alphabetically)…
Absorbine ShowSheen 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Sizes: 591ml | RRP: £11.49
This gentle formula from Absorbine deep cleans and conditions hair in one easy step. It contains pro vitamins to help nourish the skin and strengthen hair without the use of harsh chemicals. It has a targeted application cap and safety lid to prevent any spillages.
Carr & Day & Martin Gallop stain-removing shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £8.10
This concentrated, purple formula from Carr & Day & Martin has powerful stain removing properties to enable you to remove the most stubborn and ingrained grass and stable stains. Ideal for light coloured horses and problem areas such as knees and hocks.
Sizes: 500ml, 2l | RRP: £16 for 500ml
This highly concentrated, mild, pH-neutral shampoo from Cavalor is infused with vitamin B5 and glycerine to revitalise and hydrate. Bottle lasts approximately 25 washes.
Cowboy Magic Shine In Yellowout
Sizes: 16oz, 32oz | RRP: £12 for 16oz
This stain-removing shampoo neutralises yellow stains and brightens hair of all colours. It doesn’t contain any bleaches or peroxides but instead uses optical brighteners.
Equiform Nutrition Equifoam
Sizes: 1.5kg | RRP: £25.20
A refreshing shampoo from Equiform Nutrition with a unique foaming formulation. The mild cleansing action of natural coconut extracts gently removes dirt, sweat and grease.
Equine America whitening shampoo
Sizes: 1l | RRP: £11.55
This shampoo contains charcoal violet, argan oil and coconut cleansers that naturally whiten and brighten the coat.
Fouganza Stain Remover shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £4.99
This pH neutral shampoo is rapidly dissolves dirt, lightens stains from urine, manure, and mud.
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HorseHealth Brite Whites shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 4l | RRP: £11.50 for 500ml
This shampoo from HorseHealth can be used neat on stains or diluted as normal shampoo. It’s ideal for greys, coloureds and those dirty white socks.
Hy Equestrian Magic Sparkle 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | RRP: £9.50 for 500ml
This two-in-one shampoo and conditioner from Hy includes vitamin B5 to help internally strengthen the hair and repair damage.
Leovet 5-Star Biotin body wash
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £10.75
This silicone-free body wash from Leovet strengthens the hair structure and roots. It’s described as having a fast-cleaning effect that leaves skin healthy and hair shiny.
In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk
NAF Show Off
Sizes: 500ml, 2l | RRP: £8.99 for 500ml
This NAF shampoo is described as providing a deeper clean for a brighter shine, while smelling wonderful. This NAF shampoo scored 8/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Nettex Everyday conditioning shampoo
Sizes: 1l | RRP: £10.59
This low-foam, easy-rinse conditioning shampoo from Nettex leaves a shine without stripping the coat of its natural oils. It’s gentle and mild for daily use. This Nettex shampoo scored 7/10 as part of our independent testing scheme – read the full review.
Science Supplements Lavender shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £9.99 for 500ml
This natural and mild wash from Science Supplements can be used as a hot cloth wash, a cold water bath or as a concentrated wash for areas requiring specific attention.
In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk
See Change Original horse shampoo
Sizes: 230g | RRP: £15.99
This super-mild solid shampoo from See Change is enriched with argan oil and scented with pure lemon grass and tea tree oils. It comes in bar form, is 100% biodegradable and vegan.
Shapley’s Medi-Care medicated shampoo
Sizes: 8oz, 32oz, 1gal | RRP: £9.24 for 8oz
Gentle enough for daily use to help maintain healthy skin, the blend of tea tree and lemongrass oils in this Shapley’s formula creates a natural antibacterial, antifungal shampoo.
Shires Ezi-Groom neem shampoo
Sizes: 450ml | RRP: £6.99
This shampoo from Shires contains neem oil and added coconut oil.
Straight Arrow The Original Mane ’N Tail shampoo
Sizes: 32oz, 1gal | RRP: £12.58 for 32oz
A great option for sharing – this Straight Arrow shampoo is popular for human hair, too, as it helps to achieve and maintain fuller, stronger, longer and healthier-looking hair.
Supreme Products Stain Remover shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 5l | RRP: £10.85 for 500ml
This shampoo from Supreme Products can be used to tackle old, established stains, or with regular use it can help with the removal of yellow tail stains. Safe to use on all coat colours and will help improve brightness and shine.
Topline Naturals nourishing shampoo
Sizes: 100ml, 500ml or 2.5l | RRP: £12.95 for 500ml
This handmade vegan and cruelty-free shampoo from Topline Naturals is made from 75% organic ingredients, including tea tree and mandarin for cleansing, and mango butter for nourishment and moisturisation.
Turfmasters Pro Whitening shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 1.5l | RRP: £12.65 for 500ml
Specially formulated to enhance white and light coloured coats, this tropical-scented shampoo from Turfmasters also contains a deep cleansing silk protein conditioner.
Veredus Blue Snow shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | RRP: £21 for 500ml
This product has been specifically designed for grey and white coats. It removes dirt and stable stains while helping to restore your horse’s natural colour to his coat.
Vital Equine Brite ‘N’ White
Sizes: 500g | RRP: £9
This formula from Vital Equine provides results for greys, coloureds or horses with white markings.
Wahl Dirty Beastie shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | RRP: £7.99 for 500ml
This concentrated, easy-rinse, vegan shampoo from Wahl is designed for use on dirty, thick or matted coats, leaving them clean, conditioned and manageable.
WildWash Equine whitening shampoo
Sizes: 300ml, 5l | RRP: £14.95 for 300ml
This whitening shampoo from WildWash uses a blue pigment derived from the chamomile flower combined with lavender and ylang ylang. It’s the only natural blue shampoo for horses and it can remove stains from the coat, mane and tail, leaving them white. A 300ml bottle gives at least 10 washes.
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