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How do you get a very muddy pony clean in an hour?

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craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:01:19

Last week I used a mane comb to get the dried mud off

then hosed the feet and fetlocks

it took FOREVER

is there anything else magic I can do? I have an hour to get two ponies ready for a rally this evening and it stresses me all day

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:08:04

Also any tips for making bushy manes look beautiful and sleek most welcome hmm

I pulled it on Monday and now it just sticks up like a bog brush hmm

Mitchy1nge Fri 17-Jan-14 10:11:07

get a team of helpers? is a bit late now but you can get mud repellant stuff to put on the ponies before they are turned out

also got a really good brush based on a recommendation from someone here, maybe was pixel? like a spiky curry comb

can someone bring them in a bit earlier so it at least dries off before tonight? I have no idea what to do about wet mud . . .

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:14:09

WE have no where to bring them in to

Well we do but they have to go in together and they fight and hate it

I have no helpers as I have to get them ready then go and pick dds up from school and drive directly to rally

I think you mean the magic brush, are they as good as people say?

NigellasDealer Fri 17-Jan-14 10:15:27

rubber curry comb all over.....or one of those curry comb glove things? but as mitchy said if the mud is wet then you are a bit buggered. I really would avoid washing too much in this weather because of mud fever (dpony has it really badly had to get the vet out yesterday and she needed antibiotics ££££££)
also you could try 'Prize' from Equisoothe link here it is a really good product for easy grooming and leg protection

Floralnomad Fri 17-Jan-14 10:18:36

That spray for manes is good for getting them sleek and untangled and I'd also go for the rubber curry comb or one of those rubber brushes with the rubber thin bristles .

elastamum Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:35

I use a spiky curry comb thing to get the mud off. I can clean up 2 big horses in about 1/2 hour with that.

My friend who works in a sowing yard always sprays pledge on mane and tails after washing them! Have never tried this myself, but apparently it helps.

Mitchy1nge Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:37

to be truthful the magic brush has only modest magical properties, I do think it is slightly better than the other curry combs - the furminator is surprisingly good at getting dry mud off though

I was trying to give you some hope confused good luck, am sure they will look nice, half an hour on each is not bad is it?

elastamum Fri 17-Jan-14 10:19:54

Showing yard blush

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:20:05

I dont wash with shampoo or anything
I just get as mcuh off as I can then BLAST their hooves and fetlocks with the hose (they love that hmm)

I did think of pig oil BUT then they just look pig oily

NigellasDealer Fri 17-Jan-14 10:20:55

please do not use pig oil it is liquid paraffin and can really irritate the skin.

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:21:56

Thank you this is all very encouraging

I think the mane comb took ages

I will buy a rubber curry comb as the magic brushes look too tiny to be that useful

luckily its just their legs and heads really and tails (tails are revolting blush)

One is very easy to get looking smart actually and one is just a dirt magnet

Pledge! love it I expect its the beeswax?

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 10:22:33

ok thanks nigella I havent tested it on them either

I have it left from an old pony

I wont use it

NigellasDealer Fri 17-Jan-14 10:25:04

there was a girl on our yard who was using it last year on her grey and his skin broke and he got an infection right in bone-deep and nearly had to be put down!

elastamum Fri 17-Jan-14 10:26:35

I think Pledge has got silicone in it which is what stops the mud sticking. Worth a try?

CMOTDibbler Fri 17-Jan-14 12:51:53

The furminator is amazing at getting dry mud off. For manes and legs, I swear by 7 day mud away for keeping the mud off, then if dpony needed to be tidy, I'd wash legs with Muddy Buddy which seems a v effective shampoo but is also antibac - I don't like hosing legs as it feels like driving dirt into their skin.

Frizz away serum is fab on manes to soften and stop frizz and goes a long way

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 13:13:27

great I have both pledge and a furminator

I will buy some muddy buddy - would a tea tree wash work do you think

craggyhollow Fri 17-Jan-14 17:34:41

Dcob made it quite clear he didn't appreciate the furminator on his back legs thank you very much wink

Do you know what was amazing! An old denman Hairbrush - a paddle one with stuff plastic bristles

The dds hate it but my god, it did a great job of getting off mud!

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 18-Jan-14 20:18:03

I have a metal hoop sweat scraper thingy. Its staight with small teeth on one side, got a plastic handle at each end which join together to make it into a loop, and its brilliant for mud/moulting.
There's also a product called Cowboy Magic which is apparently erm magic!

craggyhollow Sat 18-Jan-14 20:36:47

You'll be amused to hear that one of them won best turned out at their rally grin

Butkin Sun 19-Jan-14 20:38:43

We use one of those spring loaded metal curry combs in two concentric circles. Looks a bit mean but they all love them - even the thin skinned ones. Gets all the dried mud off quickly and then just clean their heads with a dandy brush - gently applied. We'd wash tails with whitening shampoo but you are risking them not drying (for a show we'd wash two or three times in the days running up and one last wash the night before but that requires stabling).

In the spring we love our Furminator for getting their coats out but don't use it now in case it takes the sharpness off it.

Stinkyminkymoo Mon 20-Jan-14 13:27:43

I second a furminator, theta re brill at getting mud off and then winter coats later in too.

Good luck! grin

Eve Mon 20-Jan-14 13:32:06

I would get worst of mud off and then shrug my shoulders at the Instructors and say what do you expect... its winter, there is mud, they are clean .. you didn't see what they started like, besides the kids are clean.

Though I am fearsome enough to not have PC instructors argue back with me.

Mirage Mon 20-Jan-14 18:19:28

I have two greys who live out.grin Our PC Chief Instructor drives past my field 4 times a day and can see for herself what a state they get in.She always comments at rallies,on how clean we've been able to get them.We never enter 'Neatest and Cleanest' at gymkhanas though-I know my limitations.

horsemadmom Tue 21-Jan-14 16:03:15

car wash?

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