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My three horses are incredibly different in terms of character, colour, shape and size (like most animals) but the one thing they all have in common is that they sweat profusely after being ridden for long periods of time especially during the warmer months. I ride (or used to before becoming pregnant) roughly 5 times a week and that meant at least an hour riding each horse so they did a fair bit of work. I always wash my horses off after they have been ridden to get rid of the sweat and keep their coats clean.
I use a variety of products that have been brought out onto the market but the one I use most of the time is Barrier Revitalizing Wash with spearmint and peppermint because apart from that it smells great, it really seems to cool the horse down without being too cold like other cool treatments available.
Barrier advise that the cooling natural oils instantly cool the surface but have the ability to warm the inside. Coconut is also used as a cleanser which is able to remove the heaviest of sweat and dirt without any issues. Barrier products come in white bottles with its usual green labelling but the name of this product is written in bold blue font - it really is simple no frills packaging with a simple lid you just unscrew the lid and pour your desired amount into a bucket of water.
The revitalizing wash has a lovely minty aroma which can sometimes come across quiet medicinal but on the whole once it is diluted with water it has a fresh, minty fragrance which is really quite nice although this lovely aroma doesn't really stay put on the horse! But knowing that my horse has had all of the sweat removed and is nicely refreshed is fine by me!
It's a handy item to have especially as it doesn't require rinsing which when I used to compete it was ideal to use before the journey home as my horse didn't have to get additionally wet before travelling. The revitalizing wash doesn't really make too much of a lather so don't use too much of it expecting to see mountains of frothy bubbles as you won't! If I'm using this when I've worked the horses at home I do use it sparingly as I never like using a product which doesn't need to be rinsed off as I do get a bit concerned that it may irritate the horses skin but so far I've never had any problems whatsoever and I've even used it on my dogs!
Barrier recommends that you dilute between 5-6 capfuls (reduce this is you have a small pony as this measurement is for a large horse) of the revitalizing wash in a bucket of warm water. All you need to do is simply sponge down the horse and allow to dry naturally. There is obviously no need to rinse but I tend to wipe a clean damp sponge over the areas I've rinsed just in case. The revitalizing wash is a concentrated solution so you will only need to use a little bit as it goes quite a long way.
Barrier Revitalizing Wash is part of a range which also does a lavender wash and wheatgerm conditioning shampoo among other items to remove stains and clean the coat. It is available readily online and in most stores which sell equestrian items. It is available in two sizes; 500ml and 5 litre bottles and costs around £4.50 - £5.90 for a 500ml bottle and around £38 - £40 for a 5 litre bottle. For those that are interested the wash is Free from all prohibited substances under current FEI and HRA rules.