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 brightening and whitening shampoos, specific stain-removing options, gentle formulas, shampoos with all-natural ingredients and medicated shampoos – 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.
Best horse shampoos
Absorbine ShowSheen 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Sizes: 591ml | Washes per bottle: 12–15 | RRP: £11.49 |
This gentle formula 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 Conditioning Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 5l | Washes per bottle: 5–10 | RRP: £7.10 for 500ml |
This shampoo removes dirt, grease and dust from your horse’s coat while adding condition. It’s suitable for regular use and has a low-foaming formula so it is quick and easy to rinse.
NAF Teatree and Mint Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: 25 | RRP: £9.45 |
This shampoo has been formulated with teatree for its antibacterial properties, so it can soothe the skin as it cleans.
Hy Equestrian Magic Sparkle 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | Washes per bottle: 25 | RRP: £9.50 for 500ml |
This two-in-one shampoo and conditioner includes vitamin B5 to help internally strengthen the hair and repair damage, and wheat germ extracts for a smooth finish.
Science Supplements Moisturising Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: 20 | RRP: £11.99 |
This shampoo hydrates and strengthens sensitive skin and dry, damaged hair. It is rich in keratin, wheat protein and D-panthenol, which keep the coat, mane and tail glossy and smooth. It can be used as a warm water wash, hot towel wash for a deep clean, cold water wash providing a refreshing cleanse or a concentrated wash for areas requiring specific attention.
In the UK? View now at viovet.co.uk
Straight Arrow The Original Mane ’N Tail shampoo
Sizes: 32oz, 1gal | Washes per bottle: Not available | 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 Conditioning Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: Not available | RRP: £10.10 for 500ml |
This shampoo can be used on all colours and types of coat, leaving it shiny and in good condition.
Wahl Dirty Beastie shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | Washes per bottle: Not available | 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 Ultra Shine shampoo
Sizes: 300ml, 1l, 5l | Washes per bottle: 10 | RRP: £14.95 for 300ml |
This shampoo uses the combined natural powers of star flower, myrrh and rosemary to soothe and condition the skin and coat, intensify the natural coat colour and leave a shine. It’s ideal for chestnut, bay and black coats.
See Change Original horse shampoo
Sizes: 230g | Washes per bar: Not available | RRP: £16.99 |
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.
Cowboy Magic Shine In Yellowout
Sizes: 16oz, 32oz | Washes per bottle: Not available | 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.
Equine America Natural Shampoo
Sizes: 5l | Washes per bottle: 166 | RRP: £22.50 |
This gentle blend of cruelty free, paraben-free and sulphate-free ingredients is described as great at removing tough stains.
In the UK? View now at equine-america.co.uk
Fouganza Stain Remover shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: 5–10 | RRP: £4.99 |
This pH neutral shampoo is rapidly dissolves dirt, lightens stains from urine, manure, and mud.
In the UK? View now at decathlon.co.uk
Leovet Silkcare Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: 12–14 | RRP: £11.79 |
This shampoo contains silk proteins that bind with the skin and hair to support the natural structure and repel dirt and dust, while herbal substances and vitamins leave the coat looking shiny.
Smart Grooming Lavender Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | Washes per bottle: 50 from 500ml | RRP: £11.95 for 500ml |
This deep-cleansing shampoo contains added lavender oil, which help to gently soothe, moisturise and condition all skin types, while removing dirt and grease, leaving the coat looking healthy and shiny.
Shires Ezi-Groom neem shampoo
Sizes: 450ml | Washes per bottle: Not available | RRP: £6.99 |
This shampoo from Shires contains neem oil and added coconut oil.
Nettex Everyday conditioning shampoo
Sizes: 1l | Washes per bottle: Not available | RRP: £10.99 | Review: 7/10 |
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.
Sizes: 500ml, 2l | Washes per bottle: 15–20 from 500ml | RRP: £17 for 500ml | Review: 6/10 |
This highly concentrated, mild, pH-neutral shampoo is infused with vitamin B5 and glycerine to revitalise and hydrate.
Honest Horse Super Cleanse Soap Bar
Sizes: 230g | Washes per bar: 10–15 | RRP: £13.95 |
Made with 100% natural ingredients, this cruelty-free, palm-oil free, vegan shampoo bar contains coconut oil for a thorough clean, lavender oil for its antibacterial properties, rosemary to ease the skin and peppermint to ease muscles. It has 100% biodegradable packaging and is suitable for all skin types.
Hawkins Organic Best In Show Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 1l, 2.5l 5l | Washes per bottle: 10 from 500ml | RRP:£11.50 for 500ml |
This shampoo contains organic peppermint essential oils that are known for their antibacterial and cleansing properties. It is PH balanced, mild enough for regular use and made in Suffolk with organic essential oils and no harsh chemicals.
Showmaster Nature Care Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml | Washes per bottle: Not available | RRP: £8.99 |
This plant-based shampoo is adjusted to the natural pH value of the horse. The bottle is made of recycled PET and the label is environmentally friendly.
Nathalie Digby Shampoo
Sizes: 500ml, 5l | Washes per bottle: 10–20 from 500ml | RRP: £13.25 for 500ml |
This environmentally friendly unscented shampoo contains organic coconut oil, collagen and mild soaps that leave the coat clean, soft, and shiny.
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