Removing Sap From Fur?

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  1. CabterCrazy

    CabterCrazy Senior Member

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    My wonderful baby Gus decided to foght the flies by rubbing against a tree this week, and got covered in sap. We missed a day of going out so it dried. Luckily none is in his mane or tail, just all over his body.

    We tried baby oil, show sheen, and a bit of rubbing alcohol. Nothing seemed to help. So I am asking the brains of HGS/MHF. Worst case scenario I will clip him, but I would rather not do that. Tonight we are trying a warm bath to see if it helps, but i would like other suggestions if possible!
     
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    manesntails Senior Member

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    Oil like olive oil removes it but you have to let it sit and use a hair dryer on warm to get back to liquid state. You might not want to go into it with a young horse who doesn't have the attention span, yet, to accept that.

    I would leave it alone, it'll wear off.
     
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  3. Alyssa Hughes

    Alyssa Hughes Senior Member+

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    My colt gets in sap and I just groom him daily and it eventually comes off. IMO it's not a big deal.
     
  4. Kristal H

    Kristal H Senior Member

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    GOJO hand cleaner will take it out
     
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    CabterCrazy Senior Member

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    The main issue is it is right where his saddle and girth go, hind end isnt the problem. I just dont want to ride him and risk it rubbing and making him uncomfortable
     
  6. Alyssa Hughes

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    Ahhh. GOO GONE Adhesive Remover,24 oz.,Orange,Citrus - 449W41|2180A - Grainger would get it out, but I don't know if it's safe for horses. I use it on my skin when I get sap on me and it doesn't burn or make my skin red. I'd test it on a small area and make sure your horse doesn't have a reaction.
     
  7. ChestersMomma

    ChestersMomma Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Try Dawn or WD40. If the latter, wash the area immediately afterward.
     
  8. CabterCrazy

    CabterCrazy Senior Member

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    I used dawn, got a good chunk of it out. But he has a few nasty cuts where his girth goes so I am letting the rest go away naturally and ride him bareback for awhile.

    Thank you everyone for your suggestions
     
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    waresbear Senior Member

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    Hand sanitizer, squirt a bunch on, mush it around and let it sit for about 10 minutes. Wipe it off with a cloth.
     
  10. QRTXhorseman

    QRTXhorseman Senior Member

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    I've heard that ketchup (or catsup) works good for removing gum from hair. Maybe it will work with sticky sap as well.
     

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