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About a year ago one of the ladies who kept a horse on my yard was leaving due to selling her horse and whilst most of her equipment was sellable there was a lot which wasn't such as shampoos, sprays, repellents etc but it was a shame to waste ¾ full bottles so she decided to put everything in a box and we could help ourselves and give a small donation to a local charity which I thought was a great idea.
One item I picked up was a bottle of Barrier's Grass & Stable Stain Remover which was nearly a full bottle. One of my horses is a fleabitten grey (grey with brown flecks) and the other is a skewbald (brown and white) and they manage to get a lot of grass stains mainly on their legs due to rolling in the field and generally being outside. I like to keep them both as clean as possible especially when they are being ridden and I don't always have time to give them a full bath so I use a stain remover which takes a lot less time than bathing.
I had never used Barrier Grass & Stable Stain Remover but I know it has been around for quite some years so I was hoping it was going to working effectively. The solution comes in a white bottle (its certainly not see through) and has thick green writing, there are no pictures, it certainly is no frills packaging with a flip top lid. The colouring of the bottle is typical of Barrier products and you can normally spot them easily on shelves.
Barrier have made this remover mainly for grey and coloured horses. It is incredibly gentle on the skin but has the ability to remove heavy soiling, grass stains and oxidation stains. So would Barrier live up to its statement?
It is incredibly easy to use. Simply shake the bottle well and apply it undiluted directly onto the stain wherever it may be. Massage it into the area gently but firm enough to get a small lather going which turns a lighter colour of the stain then leave it for a short while and rinse off. When I rinse off I generally use a damp sponge and I always make sure any lather or soap suds are washed off as I don't want my horses skin irritated. However, the remover is made from only 100% herbal concentrates which are non toxic. The remover doesn't contain soap, detergent, peroxide, bleach or artificial thickeners.
Now I have used several different makes of stain remover which all have worked pretty well and Barrier's version is no different. It manages to get rid of the stain easily but for heavily soiled in stains I would recommend applying the solution and then using a rubber curry comb to massage the area to break up the stain.
However, my horses were left stain free and the fur was left soft which to me is exactly what I wanted and the product does what it is designed to do. It is only available in a 250ml bottle and can be purchased for around £4.50 and is available from all good equine stockists.
Even though there are similar products on the market I would still recommend this product to all who have horses with white/ grey fur as it saves a lot of time in keeping your horse clean and a bonus is that it is made from herbal concentrates rather than using chemicals as some removers do.