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    10-17-2010, 02:37 AM
I'm going to have to try the cut onion of these times on my gelding's hooves to see if it works so next I show I'll know wither or not to use it.
Thanks for sharing!
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    10-17-2010, 05:06 AM
Hot oil treatments are a miracle! And their effects really last after weeks my mares tail is still shiny and soft. Here's a tip: to keep the hot oil "hot" boil water and pour it into a thermos with the hot oil containers until ready to use. The thermos will keep it hot(:
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    10-17-2010, 07:02 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by ThatNinjaHorse    

1) Wash any white socks with "Jif" or any cream cleanser. They come up very white

2) Put an egg in their food once a week and it will help condition and shine the coat

3) Mix mouthwash and lanoline together and rub into tail to help it grow faster

4) After you have washed your horses tail plat it the night before the show. In the morning the horses tail will look fuller since the waves from the plat create this impression.

5) Mix 50% baby oil and 50% surgical spirits and spray onto mane and tail for very clean, dust free shine.

I thought I'd correct a few of the points made.

Point 1) is dangerous, you run the risk of chemical burns on your horses legs, massive allergic reactions or both. Jif specificly stated on the back of the bottle that you are to avoid contact with skin where possible.

Point 2) this is an old wives tale and doesnt work, it can also upset the delicate balance of protiens in a horses system and induce lammi. A far better way to get a good shine is to feed flax oil.

3) Alcohol and lanoline? Nothing that will promote hair growth there! If anything it will just make a gooy mess.

4) all very well for some breeds but in serveral breeds wavy hair is concidered coarse and is heavily peanalised.

5) surgical spirits will create a burning sensation for the horse if left on the skin! Not nice!

My tips.

1)Wash white legs in green or yellow fairy liquid. Rins very very well. Then using crushed white chalk (the stuff they use for showing cattle) add some water to it to make a liquid, sponge onto white legs, allow to dry then bandage (this ensures that you don't get lines from bandages.
Results in spotless, gleaming white socks every time, with no harsh chemicals.

2) Pig oil mixed with flour of sulphur prevents mud fever like nothing else. If you put it on legs once a week the mud just wont stick. It is also brilliant for preventing stains on white legs.

3) if you keep your horse warm then its coat will lie flat and look incredibly shiney.

4) full body lycra rugs are gods gift to people who show!
    10-17-2010, 08:54 AM
I am going to try the hot oil treatment for mane/tail. My rocky has a very long thick mane and tail, and it gets kinda dry. I was going to get MTG until I read the ingredient list and saw mineral oil was the first ingredient. No way was I spending $25 on a bottle of mineral oil!
    10-17-2010, 03:48 PM
Heres a tip: To get a stained tail really clean, wash it first as you would normally do then soak it in a bucket of water mixed with apple cider vinegar. I soak for 5 minutes or until the water is gross. If the water is especially gross, dump it and repeat until the tail is clean. Rinse the tain and condition. This works for any color tail, but I've always used it on my mares black and greyish tail.

I have tried white vinegar for this too but it doesnt work as well. I think the reason vinegar works is that it breaks down the dirt that the shampoo can't get.
    10-17-2010, 05:09 PM
Green Broke
The curry comb tip isn't correct. Not only is a curry made to go in circles, but it is also made to lift up dust and hair to be brushed off afterward; therefore, you are supposed to go over the horse with a body brush after the curry, not use the curry solely, so in the end the hair will indeed be lying flat.
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    10-17-2010, 05:28 PM
An egg in their food doesn't work? I can see it being unhealthy, but theoretically it would work.

It worked for my past show pigs and even calves. We always added eggs to improve coat condition.

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