DIY Natural Horse Shampoo Recipe (for Riders too!)

DIY Natural Horse Shampoo Recipe (for Riders too!) by Savvy Horsewoman

This DIY natural horse shampoo recipe is one of my favorites to have on hand.

I use it for my horses, dogs, kids, and my own hair with great results.

I love all the natural horse products on the market today, but not always the price tag!

In my experience this recipe works just as well as the $30+ per liter brands and is super easy to make.

The main ingredient in the top natural shampoos is usually a coconut based soap, and for this recipe I always use Dr. Bronners Organic Liquid Castile Soap.

In my experience it’s by far the best in quality and price.

In a pinch you can use it straight from the bottle, but the addition of oils, glycerin, witch hazel and essential oils really gives it an extra boost (it can also be too drying on its own).

Since I have lots of essential oils I usually go for the unscented option, but you can also choose one with it already added (Tea Tree is awesome!) to save a step.

DIY Natural Horse Shampoo Recipe

1 cup Dr. Bronners Liquid Soap (find it here)
1 tsp. Jojoba Oil (find it here)
1 tsp. Fractionated Coconut Oil (find it here)
2 tsp. Vegetable Glycerin (find it here)
2 tsp. Witch Hazel (find it here)
Essential Oils (optional)

This works out to about $5 for 8 oz. or $20 per liter. Not bad!

I recommend starting with a small batch and adjusting it to meet your needs. For my own hair this mix is perfect, but I’ll often add extra oils for a horse with a dry coat.

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For best results follow up with a rinse of diluted Apple Cider Vinegar (see Apple Cider Vinegar for Horses for details), I do the same for my hair too (approximately 1 tbsp of ACV per 1 liter of water).

Have extra ingredients? Try my other DIY recipes:

Grooming Wipes
Coat Conditioner
Hand Scrub

DIY Natural Horse Shampoo Recipe (for Riders too!) by Savvy Horsewoman


  1. Christine
    September 12, 2015 / 4:59 am

    Thanks for sharing! What is the witch hazel for?

    • Savvy Horsewoman
      September 13, 2015 / 9:09 pm

      Witch Hazel is great for removing stains and good for the skin/scalp too! For more info check out my post Witch Hazel for Horses – Top 5 Uses

  2. Dana Benjamin
    December 31, 2015 / 9:46 pm

    I love to create my own horsey products when I can, it not only saves money but I think it is healthier for the horses without all those chemicals. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Anonymous
    September 28, 2016 / 1:48 am

    Which essential oils do you prefer to use?

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