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post #1 of 10 Old 06-07-2012, 03:56 AM Thread Starter
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Coat Enhancers

Hello :)
Rather than hijacking the thread about shiny horses, I figured I'd start my own, even though its along the same lines.
I've never thought about coat much as my horse is a teke... And well, I dont think I could get her to not be shiny
But. I may or may not be getting a new horse and he or she may or may not be black. And as I live in a hot place with loooads of sun, I wouldn't really want any bleaching to happen.
So, I read a little about adding paprika as a supplement... Then found out its a prohibited substance D:. We've never had drug tests here, but still.
Does it work?
How long before the show would you have to stop feeding it to the horse prior to the show?
What about coat enhancing shampoos- any recommendations?
Could you use dog shampoo on horses? Its easier to find dog shampoo than horse shampoo here .
Thank you!
Oh and just for fun: Shiny!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-07-2012, 03:11 PM
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I've considered using it on my filly as well. Its in a lot of the marketed coat enhancer products. Anyone care to share how much to give?
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-12-2012, 09:38 PM
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Personally I would only shampoo white socks/tails as shampooing strips hairs of the natural oils which both protect the horse and makes the nice and shiny :). I haven't used paprika before, but I do feed my horse 1 cup of black sunflower seeds a day. If you want to see the colour of his coat, just look at my avatar. He hasn't been blanketed until now (that's only because its winter, and freezing though). I hear that flax seed oil also helps a horse to be shiny - apparently about a tablespoon in the feed a day should do it. I'm planning on using it myself soon :). Hope I helped

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post #4 of 10 Old 06-12-2012, 09:42 PM
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Sunflower seeds are great as a coat enhancer.

Also, keep a light rug on during hot days - it will stop her bleaching. For a black horse, it won't matter how much supplement you give, if it's not rugged or in shade for most of the day, its coat will bleach.

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post #5 of 10 Old 06-13-2012, 02:21 PM
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For Paprika the recommended cut off is 10 days before a show.(Paprika is the main ingredient in the supplement Black As Knight) The dose i have been using is 2 tablespoons a day.

For Coat enhancing shampoos I recommend Quic Black. I used it when I had a Seal brown gelding. It worked really well, except it died my hands purple for a few days, but it did wash out and I wear gloves for show, so it wasn't a problem.

I'm not sure I would use dog shampoo(just because we rarely find a basic shampoo) . But I have used Suave and Pantene(the human stuff) on horses.

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post #6 of 10 Old 06-13-2012, 10:29 PM
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i found a brand of shampoo in aus called Equin-Ade Glo range i saw my friends use it on her horse and its awesome
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post #7 of 10 Old 06-13-2012, 11:16 PM
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If horse shampoo is hard to get just use Dawn dish soap, it's gentle, cleans well and rinses easily. I go to a beauty supply and by my conditioner by the gallon, it's about $30 and lasts a couple of years. I can slather that on, toss on a wool cooler and let the horse stand in the sun for about 20-30 mins and then rinse, and they SHINE. If you can get clear henna, that makes a horse shine like a mirror too.

I have used Black as Knight on my horses, all colors, it's great stuff. I haven't pulled it before a show and have not had any problems with positive tests either but they do make a capsacin free version for people who are concerned. I tried paprika by itself and wasn't real impressed. I still have several BIG bottles of it in my pantry, good thing we like Hungarian Goulash.

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post #8 of 10 Old 07-13-2012, 01:27 PM
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Another note on Paprika, It isn't the paprika that is prohibited. It is the Capsasian that is in it. If I remember right it is that paprika has enough to pop positive on a drug test but not enough to effect the horse.

Before and After of Paprika(and using an UVA/UVB blocking sunscreen on her coat) Before was taken early last August. After was taken yesterday.



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post #9 of 10 Old 07-13-2012, 09:26 PM
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Keep him stalled during the day and turn out at night.

I like to use the Premier Rose Oil after I rinse my horse following a ride.
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post #10 of 10 Old 07-14-2012, 11:33 AM
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Espana SILK has a detangler/"showsheen" product that has a sunscreen in it . I'm going to try in a few days . I'll let yall know how my all horses' dry, crispy ,and sunbleeched coats and manes/tails look . I'm doing some grooming product testing . I'll do a before , after ,and after 30 days pictures .

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