• Abi Kroupa

DIY Waterless Shampoo For Horses

Updated: May 11, 2020

Waterless Shampoos are horse shampoo sprays that don't require rinsing the horse. This is a lifesaver at shows and in winter when bathing your horse is difficult or sometimes impossible. A good waterless shampoo should help lift stains, gently clean, and help restore shine to your horse's coat. Because the shampoo stays on the horse's coat, be particularly diligent in checking the labels of waterless shampoo products. Make sure there aren't any harmful chemicals or aggressive ingredients that could irritate your horse's skin.

Products like E3 Waterless Argon Oil Shampoo and Coat Spray by Sport Horse Essentials are excellent all-natural waterless shampoo options.

But, if you are like me and are always looking for a fun DIY recipe, check out this all-natural Waterless Shampoo Solution:


  • Spray Bottle 32 oz

  • ½ cup of Fractioned Coconut Oil

  • ½ cup shelf-stable Oat Milk

  • ½ cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

  • 2 Tablespoons Aloe Vera Gel

  • 1 Teaspoon Lavender, Rosemary, or Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)

  • Water - About 15 oz to fill the rest of the spray bottle


Apply the solution to wet or dry coat, mane, and tail. For a quick cleaning, mist lightly over the body/coat (avoiding eyes) and gently brush in. For tough soiled areas, apply more liberally and rub dry with a towel. SHAKE WELL BEFORE EVERY USE. STORE IN A COOL DRY PLACE FOR UP TO 6 MONTHS. This all-natural DIY recipe can also be safely used on dogs and people too!

Benefits of Ingredients

Oat Milk - Oat milk is a natural cleanser. It helps draw out excess oil in the skin and restore a natural shine. It is moisturizing and helps relieve symptoms such as dandruff and skin irritation. It contains Vitamin B, which is essential for a healthy coat and skin. Oatmeal will also help keep your horse's coat soft.

Coconut Oil - Fractioned coconut oil, as its name suggests, is coconut oil that has had a few components removed (in a chemical-free way). This allows it to stay liquid at lower temperatures making it ideal for use in liquid skin, hair, or coat products. Coconut oil is a deep conditioning moisturizer that helps add luster, shine, and softness to hair and coats. It has anti-bacterial properties and also helps prevent skin conditions.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar is an excellent natural PH balancer. It will also add shine to the coat, prevent fungal and bacterial growth, plus it contains important nutrients for skin. A healthy horse coat should have a PH between 6.8 and 7.4. Mildly acidic coat products will help flatten the hair cuticle, plus make the coat shinier and easier to brush. Sweat and dirt raise the PH making the horse's coat more alkaline. So, a neutral to slightly acidic PH in horse coat/hair products is vital.

Aloe Vera Gel- Aloe Vera contains Vitamin A, C, and E, which promote healthy cells and shiny hair. It will help calm itchy and irritated skin. Aloe Vera is moisturizing, and the enzymes from the plant act as an exfoliator to pores.

Lavender essential oil – Lavender helps promote healthy hair growth and is also antimicrobial. It is anti-inflammatory, helps reduce skin irritations, and speeds up the healing process of skin conditions.

Rosemary Essential Oil – Rosemary has been proven to help with itchy skin, hair growth, and also helps repel a variety of bugs.

Information on benefits researched and sourced from www.Healthline.com.