I really looked forward to bringing the horses home to a more controlled environment where they'd be mud free. However, despite the lack of mud, the dry lot contributed quite a bit of dust to their otherwise clean coats. This dust dried out their coats and gave them a dingy appearance.
In an effort to offset the effects of the dust and stay budget-friendly (because horses are expensive, yo), I scoured the internet for DIY coat conditioner recipes. I modified what I found to my own tastes and settled on the recipe below. It's shockingly affordable, smells great, and works just as I hoped by putting life and shine back into the horses' coats all while helping to repel dust/dirt. Added bonus? The horses love the extra quality time spent grooming.
DIY Coat ConditionerYou will need the following ingredients and one 16-oz. spray bottle. Cost per bottle ~$1
- 2 Tbs. fractionated coconut oil (cost per use $0.78; 16 uses/bottle)
- 2 tsp. vegetable glycerin (cost per use $0.09; 129 uses/bottle)
- 1 tsp. witch hazel (cost per use $0.04; 96 uses/bottle)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil (cost per use ~ $0.03; 265 uses/bottle)
- 10 drops eucalyptus essential oil (cost per use ~$0.03; 265 uses/bottle)
- Distilled water to fill remainder of spray bottle
The essential oils could certainly be modified to suit whatever scent pleases you.
At ~$1 per bottle, this conditioning spray is stupid affordable. Purchasing all of the ingredients off-the-bat only cost me ~$45. As far as budgets go, I imagine this would be well within most people's. It also doesn't take any time to throw a new batch together. I've got all of the ingredients in my tack room and simply toss each into the bottle when I run out. It seriously takes me 2-3 minutes MAX to make. And I love how good the tack room smells after!
Let me know if you try it out!