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Magic Brush Wash&Shine Sensitive shampoo
RRP
£12.95

Magic Brush Wash&Shine Sensitive shampoo

Silicone-free and pH neutral, with added aloe vera and 100% natural ingredients, including nourishing oils to reinforce hair, and a non-irritant formula

500ml

The verdict: “Pricey, but gentle and offers great results.”

“It made my horse’s coat shine, and left him feeling soft and smelling lovely for a couple of days after bathing. The shampoo is quite thick, which makes it harder to spill, and it’s simple to apply. It lathered up well and rinsed off easily. I was disappointed that the paper label started rubbing off due to it getting wet.”

RRP
£6.50

Mark Todd Competition Silk Detangler & Conditioner

This unique, high-quality product contains pure silk protein, combined with concentrated herbal oils to eliminate tangles and knots in the mane and tail. It is silicone free so the formula does not coat the hair to leave a slippery build-up. The pH balanced formula can be used on wet or dry manes and tails, and restores dirty, coarse, damaged and sun-dried hair to rich and silky locks.
Buy if… you’re looking for an inexpensive detangler that leaves manes and tails silky soft.

Tel: 01202 872277 www.wefi.co.uk

“A good basic mane and tail spray. It comes in a simple bottle and has a simple, quiet spray. It left a fresh, clean scent that seemed to last a few hours after use. Once it dried, it left the tail feeling lovely, soft and shiny – without a greasy look. You have to use a lot to detangle tails.”

RRP
£14.30

Carr & Day & Martin Dreamcoat Coat Finish

This fine-mist spray contains a lemongrass scent and leaves the coat, mane and tail looking and feeling soft and sleek, while highlighting muscle definition. It does not leave a slippery residue, so it can be applied to the saddle area and also to the mane prior to plaiting.

Buy if… you want an all-purpose product

Tel: 0845 500 4040 www.carrdaymartin.co.uk

“I love this product! It does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s an all-in-one spray with multipurpose uses, making it a must-have for the showing season. It is good as a coat gloss, finishing spray and detangler. It leaves the coat looking and feeling super soft and shiny, helps brush off the dirt the next day and keeps stable stains at bay. The best thing is that you can use it all over and it doesn’t make the tack slip. The bottle is very heavy and awkward to hold, making it hard to spray in difficult places. The spray sound was a little noisy.”

RRP
£4.50

Nettex Mane & Tail Detangler

Designed to detangle the tail instantly, this clever, non-oily formulation seals and coats the hair to prevent further knots from forming and hair breaking or snapping. It helps to repel dust and dirt, too.

Buy if… you want a long-lasting mane and tail detangler.

Tel: 01634 257150 www.nettexequine.co.uk

“I love this product! The mane and tail spray really does work, leaving the tail non-greasy and very soft and shiny after use. I like the scent and the fact that it lasts for days – as does its detangling effect. I do feel it’s expensive for what it is.”

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler
RRP
£9.95

NAF Silky Mane & Tail D-Tangler

This product is a deluxe conditioning spray for smooth, tangle-free manes and tails. The high-performance grooming gloss leaves clean hair with a smooth, non-sticky coating that will not attract dust. Therefore, the mane and tail remain shiny, sleek and silky.

Buy if… you’re looking for a fresh, clean-scented detangler.

Tel: 0800 373106 www.naf-uk.com

“It has a very fresh and clean scent, which is nice and seems to last for days after use. The spray is quiet, too. I found it made the tails sticky at first, but once used for a few days, it does start to become much easier to brush through.”

RRP
£13.50

Absorbine ShowSheen Detangler Gel

This product helps improve the volume, shine and strength of manes and tails. There’s no need to break tail hairs by brushing once this detangler gel is applied, as it unlocks the toughest knots and tangles. Now comes in a new-shape, pearl-effect bottle in an easy-to-apply gel formula.

Buy if… you would like a good alternative to a spray product.

“This is a great little product if you have a horse who isn’t happy about sprays. It comes in a handy-sized bottle with a thin nozzle, making it easy to apply. A little seems to go a long way with this product.  However, at £13.50 a bottle, I think it’s a little pricey but it does seem to last a while. I would like the product to have a bit more of a scent, as it doesn’t leave a lasting fresh and clean smell after use.””

RRP
£10.00

Equine America Magic Sheen Mane & Tail De-Tangler and Coat Gloss

Gives a superb shine to the coat, and leaves manes and tails full, glossy and tangle-free. Magic Sheen also protects against dust, dirt and staining without any sticky or oily residue.

Buy if… you’re after a subtly-scented coat gloss that doesn’t leave a greasy residue.

Tel: 01403 255809 www.equine-america.co.uk

“As a coat gloss, this product helps to keep the coat looking shiny and soft without a greasy look, and keeps the dirt and stable stains from sticking too much. It doesn’t have much of a scent, so if you dislike strong-scented products, then this is for you. As a detangler it leaves the tail feeling sticky and dull. You need to use a fair amount to get the desired effect.”

RRP
£8.19

Wahl Showman Detangler

Based on natural ingredients, including vitamins A, D and E, plant proteins and mineral oil, this professional strength de-matting spray is designed to condition as it detangles, effectively separating and de-knotting the hair without pulling. It contains no silicone and, therefore, leaves no slippery or sticky residue to attract dirt and dry out the hair.

Buy if… you want a luxury detangler for your show grooming kit.

Tel: 01227 744330 www.wahl.co.uk

“The first thing I loved about this product was the smell – it is by far the best-smelling conditioner on the market at present and the scent lasts for days after use. It leaves the tail very soft and shiny with a non-greasy look, and helps to detangle the tail without damaging it. I found that leaving the tail to dry before brushing worked best. Very professional-looking bottle. Even though I do love this product, you have to use a fair amount to get the best results.”

RRP
£8.10

Barrier Animal Health Care Tangle Free & Silky

A 100% natural and effective product for manes, tails and coats, it gives a luxurious shine. Its natural formulation makes it ideal to regularly mist through dry or wet hair. Pure, natural silk protein is included to deep-condition each strand of hair and prevent build-up

Buy if… you want a mane and tail spray that offers great value for moneyand works.

Tel: 01953 456363 www.flyrepel.com

“This has to be one of my favourite mane and tail sprays on the market at present. I love that it’s a natural-based conditioning spray that leaves the tail non-greasy, feeling strong and smelling great! I have found that a little goes a long way – you don’t need to use it every day. Used three to four times a week, it kept my horse’s tail detangled and strong. The spray has two different options for thick and thin tails, and it is very quiet, so most of the horses are not bothered at all when using this product.”

RRP
£10.50

Nettex Hi-Shimmer Coat Spray

Ideal for using on any colour coat, Hi-Shimmer Coat Spray is gentle on the skin, making it suitable for all types of horses. It’s easy to apply – either spray directly onto the coat, or onto a cloth for a high-gloss finish.

Buy if… you want extra shiny finish to your horse’s coat this season.

Tel: 01634 257150 www.nettexequine.co.uk

“This product is a fabulous finishing spray for anyone showing this spring! It leaves the coat looking super-shiny and very soft to the touch. It reduces grooming time as after it is applied, dust just sits on top of the coat and is easily removed by wiping your hand over it. The only thing I dislike about this product is the fact that it’s in an aerosol can. I found that a lot of the horses did react to the sound of the spray, even though it’s quiet.”

RRP
£6.49

Groom Away Everyday Tangle Away

This new product is designed to maintain a tangle-free, conditioned mane and tail, while protecting hairs from breakage. Can be used for competition and for everyday use.

Buy if… you want a good budget mane and tail spray that does the job.

Tel: 01384 877857 www.flyaway.ltd.uk

“I really like the smell of this product – it leaves my horse’s tail very soft and smelling like coconut. I like the style of the bottle because the shape makes it easy to hold and spray. The spray is quite noisy, so if you have a horse who doesn’t like the sound of spray, this may not be the one for you. Also, it makes the tail sticky before the spray dries.”

RRP
£9.95

Hilton Herbs High Horse blue shampoo

Formulated to brighten the white hair in your horse’s coat, and for lifting the yellow out of the white tails and removing stable stains.

Tel: 0800 2941250 www.hiltonherbs.com

“This producted lasted a long time and was very good at removing black grime from grey ears. Buy if you want a dilute solution shampoo. If applied directly to the coat, it can be hard to rinse off.”

RRP
£10.95

Leovet Power shampoo dark

Contains walnut syrup and is suitable for all hair types, leaving a healthy sheen. Built-in UV filters prevent the coat from fading.

Tel: 028 38314570 www.agrihealth.co.uk

“It left my horse’s coat feeling clean and looking glossy, and I loved the smell. It lathered well and was easy to rinse out. Easy to use and brightens bay coats.”

RRP
£7.42

Gold Label Colour Enhancing shampoo

Formulated to highlight the colour of any horse, particularly effective on blacks and greys.

Tel: 01303 872277 www.goldlabeluk.com

“The bottle lasted a long time and, applied directly, grass stains came out first time. Buy if you want your horse to be shown clean and tidy. “

RRP
£5.10

Equimins Red shampoo

Created for chestnut horses to help thoroughly clean the coat and improve the depth of colour.

Tel: 01548 5331770 www.equimins.com

“The shampoo was quite thick, which makes it easy to handle and harder to spill. One application and a quick rinse left a particularly greasy part-native feeling completely clean. Buy if you want your horse to be clean and shiny.”

RRP
£18.95

Vetrolin White ‘n brite shampoo

Optical brighteners bring out the brilliance in white and light-coloured coats. Its pH balanced and highly concentrated.

“Removed even stubborn stable stains when applied neat. Buy if you want a competition-clean, shiny finish. Its thick consistency meant I did lose quite a lot in the application and it’s quite expensive to use regularly, but did the job.”

RRP
£9.94

Cowboy Magic Shine in Yellowout

Useful for grey or light-coloured horses, it removes stubborn marks that have built up over time and caused hair to discolour.

Tel: 01825 840002 www.worldwidetack.com

“Effective brightener and seemed to stop new stains forming on the coat. Buy if your horse is really stained. It can be tricky to apply by hand, I lost quite a bit to the floor.”

RRP
£7.5

Lincoln Magic White horse shampoo

Created for whitening the coat of grey and white horses.

Tel: 01522 529206 www.lincoln-equestrian.com

Created for whitening the coat of grey and white horses.

RRP
£7.16

Alto Lab Shimmering White shampoo

A purple shampoo to provide ultimate brilliance and whitening to grey and white horses.

Tel: 01522 529206 www.battles.co.uk

“This really worked on my very white horse. It was easy to apply and was one of the easiest to rinse off. Buy if you want your horse’s mane and tail to feel in great condition. My hands felt a little bit dry after use.”

RRP
£6.99

Wahl Copper Tones shampoo

The colour enhances revitalise and refresh the natural red and brown pigmentation within the hair, leaving the coat bright, silky and shining.

Tel: 01227 744330 wahl.co.uk

“The smell was pleasant and after a second wash my horse was even shinier. The price was really good, too. Good for regular use on Chestnut Coats.”

RRP
£12.82

Absorbine Showclean shampoo

Lifts out dirt any stains, but doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals or bleach. Its whitening and brightening action leaves greys sparkling and enriches other coat colours.

“Made my horse really white as it removes stubborn stains and it was really easy to apply. A good value shampoo.”

RRP
£7.99

NAF Show Off shampoo

Provides a deep clean that makes your horse’s coat shine and smell beautifully clean.

Tel: 01600 710732 www.naf-equine.eu/uk

“A little goes a long way and it really got the yellow out of my horse’s tail. Buy if you want an everyday shampoo for stable stains. Quite a thin consistency, so it’s better applied using a sponge than by hand.”

RRP
£5.75

Grooms Choice Super Black shampoo

A concentrated shampoo containing coconut oil to produce a high-gloss sheen on the coat.

“The amount required to produce a good wash was minimal. Buy if you want a pre-show quality wash for very dark coats. “

RRP
£7.99

Nettex Whitening shampoo

Optical whiteners produce colour enhancements for greys, whites and coloured horses.

Tel: 01634 257150 nettexequine.com

“Really worked well on grass and mud stains.Buy if your grey horse loves to roll in the mud. I kept losing the cap as it’s a twist-off one.”

RRP
£7.1

Gallop Colour Enhancing shampoo for bay horses

Intensifies the natural coat colour while cleaning and conditioning.

Tel: 0845 5004040 www.carrdaymartin.co.uk

“Effectively cleaned my horse without having to use a lot of the product. It’s a great everyday shampoo.”

RRP
£8

Fiebing Blue Frost Whitening shampoo and conditioner

Contains special brightening agents to enhance white and grey hair, while targeting tough stable and grass stains with ease.

Tel: 01565 650343 abbeyengland.com

“The added aloe vera made my skin feel fab after bathing my ponies. Buy if you have grubby greys or white socks.”

RRP
£7.75

Mark Todd Bright White de-staining shampoo

Developed especially for grey horses, it’s formulated to clean and condition white and grey coats gently and effectively, without drying or damaging the hair and skin.

Tel: 01303 872277 wefi.co.uk

“It worked and I didn’t use much in each wash. It’s good value. It’s quite watery, so it’s easy to waste if you’re not careful.”

RRP
£14.62

Veredus Biocare Blue Snow Shampoo

This extra-strong shampoo has cleaning properties specifically designed for white and grey horses.

Tel: 01352 763350 zebraproducts.co.uk

“Cleaned my very white horse really well. Buy if you want good quality shampoo for occasional use. More money than I’d usually pay for a shampoo.”

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