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post #11 of 22 Old 04-27-2010, 10:49 AM
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My horses are all glossy too, except the fleabitten grey. His coat doesn't look glossy so much as it just looks incredibly healthy with a nice sheen.

No supplements except for the MSM I have the older gelding on for his arthritic hocks.

I think we over supplement our horses. SmartPak is making a fortune selling supplements that horses don't really need, to people who think they're not good owners if they don't stuff this junk into their animals.
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Thanks guys, but he's not mine wish he was!
he's a stallion, used at a ranch :]

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post #13 of 22 Old 09-15-2011, 06:27 PM
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As far as I am aware it is called 'irridescence' and is mostly linked to Akhal Tekes.
None of the horses depicted above are Akhal Tekes, though they clearly exhibit the iridescence. The satin gene is known in rabbits and other species, but has yet to be isolated in horses - anyone who has owned one of these horses knows it is totally different from any normal shine, and is very difficult to photograph. It's almost an optical illusion - and is so spectacular, I call these "satin" horses Sparklers!

What? A great horse can ABSOLUTELY ... also be a wonderful color!
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There is the Pearl gene, but that acts as a further dilute on already cream-diluted horses.

However, I think you just have a very shiny horse. There's on that looks like that at my barn. She's black, so she looks wet all the time. It's so pretty.
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There is the Pearl gene, but that acts as a further dilute on already cream-diluted horses.

However, I think you just have a very shiny horse. There's on that looks like that at my barn. She's black, so she looks wet all the time. It's so pretty.
We are talking here about the GENETIC causes of a particular metallic shine which is difficult to capture in photos. This is not 'shiny' - meaning a white gleam caused by sunlight. The horses irradiate a glow the of same color as their hair coat. You will never get a gold (or red, depending on the horse) glow from brushing.

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There is the Pearl gene, but that acts as a further dilute on already cream-diluted horses.

However, I think you just have a very shiny horse. There's on that looks like that at my barn. She's black, so she looks wet all the time. It's so pretty.
Note the golden glow in her throatlatch. This is the SAME horse seen from the rear in the other photo.


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cool, I'm curious if this boy may have it?
He doesn't get supplements, and no speacial feed...
It's difficult to see properly because your horse is so dark. The metallic glow represented by "satin" is usually not a white reflection - like the shine from good brushing, but an iridescent glow which is of the same color as the horse's coat ... yellow, or red, or whatever - it looks like an optical illusion and is hard to capture on film. Your horse has a blue eye, and that makes me suspect that the apparently diluted hair around his face may be caused by the same thing (sabino? - I don't know) that is causing his blue eye. As I say - it's hard to see if there is a metallic glow happening here because the horse is dark (just because I can't see it, doesn't mean it isn't there) :) He is very pretty.

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My mare has a copper shine year round, even when she is in her winter woolies, its toned down a bit but still there.
It is hard to capture on film, you mainly see the white sine relfected, but the copper really pops out at times.
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The horse pictured above appears to just have golden hairs mixed in with the dark, which would be responsible for the shininess. I don't see anything special with it.
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Froggy is satin and a spring time brindle? Say it isn't so!
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