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post #1 of 10 Old 11-17-2011, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Question Best products for rich color and shine?

I have a chestnut quarter horse.
I have a KoolCoat for the summer to protect from flies and sun damage. I groom him every day in the summer. But his coat still isn't at its best.
What products do you use for rich color and shine? ShowSheen cleans his coat well, but doesn't give the shine I want. Supplements are not an option, because I'm not the one who feeds my horse (we board).

Have you ever used this shampoo? Does it work?
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-21-2011, 11:05 AM
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ShowSheen is highly full of silicone, and other harsh ingridients that produce a softness and shine momentarily, but in the end, just dry out the hair and kill any option of a shine. Several conditioners and shine products contain silicone, but ShowSheen seems to contain more of it. The other products don't have as much, so it's not enough to cause a problem.

This could be a little tough for you since supplements aren't workable....

But, my main suggestion, is to just keep the sweat off of him. Sweat is full of salt, therefore drying out the coat, and well as attracting the sun, causing sun fading. Just a simple hose-down with water, and it really improves things.
Of course, this can't be done in the winter, but just a really good dry and brush down in the winter does good enough.

Coconut oil on the mane and tail is seriously the best thing I've ever done.
I don't use any products on the coat, but I used to use the Eqyss products. They did seem to give him a nice, soft coat.

I've tried QuicBlack, and it did nothing, but I don't know of the other color enhancing shampoos and how well they work.. I feed paprika which keeps his coat up to par, but that's not an option for you... I was going to suggest the Gallop shampoo you posted. It has the best reviews compared to the other color enhancing shampoos.
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-24-2011, 05:59 PM
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Vetrolin! The best thing ever created! You can use the spray, it's like show sheen but it really helps their coat, gives them a long lasting richness and shine, and its repels dust and dirt. It makes them feel sooooo soft too! Also their shampoo and conditioner are to die for, it makes them so shiny and sooo sooo soft.

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post #4 of 10 Old 11-25-2011, 08:41 PM
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My favorite product for making a horse shiny is Laser Sheen. The show-quality shine lasts for about a week.

But if you want lasting shine, I only have one technique: Brush, brush, brush! Brush you horse everyday before and after riding, and it will stimulate the natural oils to come up to the surface of the coat. It really only works if your horse has a short coat though. If they have that long, shaggy, furry coat currently, hire someone to come clip their coat entirely, or do it yourself. Once the hair is at the perfect length, get to work brushing. Don't forget to use extra warm blankets!

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Carr, Day & Martin, love that brand & all the stuff they make. Never tried their shampoo but I am sure it's good as all their other products. Anytime I see anything with that brand I buy it. Haven't been disappointed yet.
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I use the gallop shampoo for bays. T really brings out the color of the coat. It makes them smell really good too.
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I like Vetrolin to. I spray it on a brush and apply it that way to make sure it goes on evenly, its not one area shiny one area not, and prevents it from making a wet spot to.

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Vetrolin allll the wayyy(:
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I am in the same boat with my chestnut, so I will be watching this thread. Does vetrolin have color enhancing features?

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post #10 of 10 Old 12-03-2011, 03:32 PM
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Originally Posted by Southern Belle View Post
I use the gallop shampoo for bays. T really brings out the color of the coat. It makes them smell really good too.
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How often is he bathed in it? Did you notice it as soon as he dried after one bath, or after a couple of baths in it?

That's the only reason I personally question color shampoos vs. feeding supplements. Most of them are so diluted, that the only way for them to actually do anything is by constantly bathing them in it. Whereas a supplement, they're fed it everyday, and it's a steady change from the inside out, rather than just lightly dyeing the hair..
But, if you noticed it quickly, then I might try the Gallop myself, added to the supplement my bay is already on for his coat.

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