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  • Vitamins for horses coat mane and tail
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    09-11-2013, 10:40 AM
Coat and Mane/Tail supplements

I have a 5 month old Arabian weanling and I am wanting to find something to add to his diet that will help with his hair growth and shine to his coat. I don't really want to add any really expensive supplements if I can help it, although I certainly will if needed. He is eating Equine Junior and I have already added the Grow Colt supplement to his diet twice daily. Are there any more natural additives that anyone has tried with success? Thanks!
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    09-11-2013, 10:45 AM
At 5 months I would hesitate to add supplements as the growth/colt feeds probably already have things like Rice Bran etc. You can add shine with the simple addition of corn oil and if your feed doesn't have it, add a little rice bran as a top dressing to the feed. Anything with Biotin in it will help mane/tail and coat.

Abut 20 years ago, a friend of mine that breed Arabians (and still does) used to add simple unflavored gelatin to her horse's feed.
    09-11-2013, 10:48 AM
Thank you! I will have to do some research into his feed to see if rice bran is already an additive. I haven't heard of using unflavored gelatin before but it makes sense why it would work...I am sure I have some of that in the kitchen!
    09-11-2013, 11:30 AM
Flaxseed, ground, 2 oz daily. I get mine from the feedmill, grind it fresh with a coffee grinder, 30$ / 50 lbs
You could spend, of course, more, Omega Horseshine, 20 lbs/50$, or other brands with " omega" in the name.
    09-11-2013, 11:58 AM
"ADE crumbles" totally helped with our horses.
    09-11-2013, 08:39 PM
As deserthorsewoman said, put some flax in his feed.
    09-11-2013, 08:51 PM
Thanks everyone! I am definitely going to be trying these suggestions! I appreciate the help!
    09-18-2013, 04:19 PM
Yes, Flaxseed. I use it on my mare and her coat is really shinny. So shinny I almost can't ride her bareback because I slide off.
    09-22-2013, 01:54 PM
Flaxseed if very good for coat. Also, CocoSoya Oil I heard does wonders and gives the horse a beautiful/healthy gorgeous shiny coat. :)
    09-27-2013, 10:41 AM
I agree with dlking - check your grain, if the grain you're feeding is good, additives will be largely unnecessary. I was spending money on ground flax before someone pointed the same thing out to me. Mine's feed already has flax and rice bran and vitamin E in it. I took him off all coat supplements and here he is after 5 months on grain only (besides medically necessary supplements):

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