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post #1 of 10 Old 07-08-2011, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Beer Bath for Horses?

I worked at a high level Dressage barn for a while and when I first arrived I saw someone bathing their horse in light beer. When I ask the woman about it, she said it brightens their coats and makes them glow for a show.

I am really confused about whether or not to try this.

Has anyone heard of this before? Bathing your horses in light beer? I mean, it sounds off the wall to me but maybe it is more common than I think.

I have a show coming up in a few weeks, and really want my light bay horse to shine and be all pretty.
Any ideas if this is a good idea or maybe some other ideas to make my horse all shiny?

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post #2 of 10 Old 07-08-2011, 04:52 PM
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Show Sheen'll do the same thing.

Beer's for drinkin', not bathin' horses!

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post #3 of 10 Old 07-08-2011, 05:52 PM
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No opinion here, but wouldn't that cost an awful lot ? LOL I bet your pony would smell good though, a true "draft" horse ! ;)
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post #4 of 10 Old 07-08-2011, 11:06 PM
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LMAO @ the "draft" horse comment!

I use Avon's Skin So Soft oil instead of show sheen (or beer in this case I guess!). It gives the same shine but also works as a fly/mosquito/insect repellent.

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post #5 of 10 Old 07-08-2011, 11:43 PM
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Agreed, there are better uses for beer (like drinking after the show).

For a horse to be as shiny as it can be, they don't need gimmicks, they need to be healthy. When they are healthy, their coat will be rich and shiny and bright. Touch them up a bit with some shining agent and you're good to go.

I can only imagine how the judges would frown on you when you passed them with your horse smelling like a brewery or an alcoholic person.
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post #6 of 10 Old 07-09-2011, 12:15 AM
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What a terrible waste and shame! I almost cannot think of anything worse!

There are products sold that do the same thing!
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post #7 of 10 Old 07-09-2011, 12:43 AM
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I would think the alcohol would dry the coat?

Try feeding ricebran or black oil sunflower seeds. My boy is blindingly shiney and hasn't had a bonefide bath in over a year.
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post #8 of 10 Old 07-09-2011, 01:04 AM
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I've seen horses drinking beer, but never bathing in it. (Don't worry, the horse was of age )

I'd say a bit of show sheen will do the same job for a lot less.
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post #9 of 10 Old 07-09-2011, 10:31 AM
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This must have been somebody who doesn't like lite beer.........
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-09-2011, 10:39 AM
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Doesn't beer draw flies?
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