First created in 1970, horse shampoo became popular in stables from coast to coast. The special formula would rid the horse’s tail and mane of split ends and make their hair smooth and shiny instead of rough and dull.
Horse shampoo became the rage because it was hypoallergenic, contained no additives in the formula, and was not perfumed. It cleaned while moisturizing, and made horse hair thicker. It worked so well, though, that horse owners decided to try it and see if it would work for their hair as well.
They were pleased to see that it did. In the horse-owner’s world it became a secret to lush, healthy hair — for both man and beast. The secret didn’t last long, though, and horse shampoo for human use became more widespread, with products such as Mane N Tail selling well in mainstream stores.
Human hair and horse hair are not very different. They are both comprised of the same types of proteins. This means they will most likely react to shampoos the same way. The type of hair, though, makes a difference when horse shampoo is used. Not all hair will react the same way to this product.
For individuals with dried out hair, this product may moisturize and bring life back to a dull mess. Those with oily hair, though, may find the product too heavy for their hair type. Almost all individuals will experience a decrease in the daily amount of hair loss.
Many of the ingredients in commercially available horse shampoo marketed to people are the same that were used when it was designed for horses.
Most people who make their own horse shampoo do so to save money and reduce the number of chemicals that would end up on their horses. Horse shampoos made with natural ingredients can clean your horse without exposing him to chemical products. You should check with your veterinarian before using any homemade products on your horse, to prevent potentially negative side effects.
Here’s a simple recipe to concoct your own horse shampoo. Where you use it is up to you:
Mix together 1 cup of distilled water, 1 cup of liquid castile soap — an olive oil-based soap — 1 cup of aloe vera gel, 4 tsp. of glycerin and 1 tsp. of avocado oil. If desired, you can also mix in a small amount of essential oil. Essential oils are supposed to provide number of benefits, including pain relief and relaxation.
Alternatively, you can boil 10 bags of chamomile tea in water and allow them to sit covered for an hour after removing it from the heat. Remove the tea bags from water. Mix in ½ T. of glycerin and 1 cup of castile soap. Add essential oils, if desired.
Pour solution into sealable storage container. An empty, clean shampoo-type bottle is ideal. Close the lid tightly.
Place the bottle in the refrigerator and allow the mixture to cool down.
Remove the mixture from your refrigerator, when you are ready to use it. Shake the bottle well, then pour a small amount of the shampoo on a sponge or washcloth. Shampoo your horse (or yourself) as usual.