How to use baby wipes for horses
I love these guys – so convenient, easy to store, easy to bring to shows with you. But I wonder sometimes if we should be more careful where and how we use them? For example, it seems like a great idea to wipe the bit with them, but do you really want soapy residue in your horse’s mouth?
Use baby wipes for horse grooming tasks and barn chores:
- Cleaning your own hands, faces, feet, arms, you name it. Clean up before you head out on errands. Or not.
- Work some magic on tail tops that look like your horse licked an outlet. The baby wipe will act to get some of those wayward hairs under control and cut static.
Be sure to keep the container sealed to avoid turning your baby wipes into scratchy soap chips.
- Clean up your horse’s chrome with a baby wipe. I like to spritz the cloth with a little dry shampoo spot remover also for added poop stain removal.
- Bit cleaning. This is a super use of the baby wipe, as long as you rinse the bit afterward. I’m sure your horse will thank you instead of blowing weird tasting bubbles.
- Clean your own paddock boots or sneakers. I avoid all soaps on my leather riding boots, as the soap can fill the pores and interfere with your polish. But for every day, your “step in poop and mud” paddock boots are easily cleaned with baby wipes.
- Your horse’s ears can use a good swipe every now and again. Be diligent to avoid the inner ear, and don’t use a wipe that’s dripping wet. You can lightly wipe the inside of the exterior ear if needed. More on ears here!
- Clean up your makeup at the show if your mascara is now headed south or your lipstick is more of a lip smudge.
- Please use diligence when using baby wipes on sheaths and udders. These areas are especially sensitive, and unknown ingredients may sting, itch, or irritate your horse’s delicate skin. I typically suggest using a 100% pure soap in warm water, heavily diluted to clean sheaths and udders, maybe there’s a brand that is the same in cloth form?
- What do you do if your baby wipes dry out? You can absolutely reuse the cloths to make your own grooming wipes, or you could just add some water.
What uses do you have for baby wipes at the barn?