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Winter Horse Grooming tips

Make a Winter Horse Wash

Those of you who know me well know my horses are a HUGE part of my life.

Winter washing is tricky as I don’t like to use a hose on the hoses with cold water as they may get a chill and take ages to dry so I only like to dry groom them.

I have used waterless aka dry shampoos in the past. Cowboy Magic makes one and there is another popular one called Miracle Groom. They both work just fine. But they leave the hair very slippery and can be expensive.

So I decided to try and make my own with natural ingredients only.

I checked out the ingredients in the popular brands and decided to give my own a go.

What you will need:

There are even less ingredients in my waterless shampoo than my shine spray, but they are similar. So once again, let’s go over the benefits of each of the ingredients in this waterless shampoo.

Fractionated Coconut Oil

Fractionated coconut oil doterra UK

It stays in its liquid form all the time and has antimicrobial properties as well as adds moisture to the skin and hair.

Witch Hazel

Witch Hazel is an astringent, and a cleaner. Which makes it a perfect addition to this waterless shampoo. It helps remove dandruff and flaky skin build up along with cleansing and removing excess dirt.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe Vera Gel is a natural treatment for skin disorders, as well as adding moisture. It actually holds more moisture than water does if you can believe that!

Aritha Powder

This is the ingredient that makes the waterless shampoo work! Aritha powder is also called soap nut powder. It cleanses the hair and skin naturally. It also helps to prevent dandruff and will even remove lice, in case you were wondering. It’s considered one of the best cleansing and conditioning herbs on the planet!

Spray Bottle

While I really love the fine spray mister spray bottles, they don’t work well for this mixture. I had the best luck with a heavy duty horse spray bottle. It must be able to take the thickness of the Aritha powder and Aloe gel better. I tried several different spray bottles for this product, but this one worked the best and I recommend always shaking before use.

Essential Oils for fragrance

In the summer I would add Citronella to repel the flies and in winter to keep the horses calm especially if they are spending more time in the stable due to muddy grass I would use Lavender.

You can choose from the many fragrances as our oils are all Certified Pure Tested Grade (CPTG) and please see my article on Essential Oils for Horses for more ideas!

So lets Recap…


  • Fractionated coconut oil (about 1/2 cup)
  • Witch Hazel (about 1 cup)
  • Aloe Vera gel (about 2 Tablespoons)
  • Aritha powder (about 1 Tablespoon)
  • Essential oil (about 40 drops)
  • Water (to fill the bottle)

Add the liquid ingredients to your spray bottle.

Then take the Aritha powder, and add about a spoonful (Tablespoon) to a small bowl, or measuring cup. Then add some warm water into the cup.

Slowly mix the powder into the water. You don’t need very much of this powder for the spray, and if you add too much it can clog up your sprayer.

Once the powder is in a liquid form, add it to the spray bottle too. Next add some lukewarm water to the mix, and put on the sprayer. You will want to leave a little room in the sprayer to allow you to shake the ingredients together.

They will separate. So before each use, just give the sprayer a good shake.

And that’s it! Now you can go try out your waterless shampoo on your horse.

Using Your Waterless Shampoo

Using the shampoo is simple. You can either spray it directly on the dirty area, or you can put the shampoo on a towel, and then apply it to your horse.

I find it better to apply to a towel, and then rub it on my horses faces. But for legs, or larger sections of body, it can be easier to just spray it on your horse. Next you just use a dry towel to scrub the dirt (or stain) away.

And if your horse gets eye discharge it works so well to get this area nice and clean! But in this application, I would recommend spraying the shampoo on the towel, and not spraying it near your horse’s eye.

Comment below if you try this and let me know how you get on! Thanks for reading.