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    06-21-2013, 08:27 AM
Miover has a good shiny coat and all he has is chaff, and hay, and bran

He doesnt get anything fancy


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    06-21-2013, 09:27 AM
My horse doesn't get anything fancy either but if her horses coat is very dull, giving it a bath all the time isn't the answer. Grooming more and good nutrition would be better
    06-21-2013, 09:57 AM
^^ true true

Miover in these photos hadnt had a hose on him for 3 months LOL
    07-06-2013, 07:36 PM
When ours are on Alfalfa they always look better..We have recently gone to pellets and so far have been fine.. We also feed Rice Bran.. along with a 14 % pellet and coastal.. ours stay fat and shiny..
    07-06-2013, 07:37 PM
Bathing is not the answer..it will dry him out.. Brushing will help
    07-06-2013, 08:14 PM
Thumbs up Nutrition and elbow grease!

I agree with those that say it comes from the inside. Good hay and a good overall supplement should do the trick. If needed, feed 1 cup of oats and a rice bran product like ADM Healthy Glow.

Then don't use plastic brushes!!! Yikes! They damage the hair (no shine) and reapply dirt to the horse's coat (no shine) and also remove and trap the natural oils (again no shine).

What you need are some good natural horse brushes. Then your horse will shine without chemicals.

Good luck!
    07-20-2013, 12:11 AM
Feeding good quality hay and then some supplements like a salt/mineral licks, livamol, a bit of honey, carobs and oranges... things like that.

Also, a bit of lamb/sheeps wool wrapped around your hand and used like a brush all over really brings out the shine! :)
    07-20-2013, 12:22 AM
As most of the others have said, a good, healthy, shiny coat starts from the inside out.

1) have your vet run a fecal to see if your horse needs to be dewormed. IME, that's the leading cause of a crappy looking coat.

2) evaluate what you're feeding and how much. If the diet isn't balanced or proper, then the horse won't be healthy and the coat will be dull and listless.

3) DO NOT BATHE. Washing a horse frequently with any sort of shampoo will strip all the natural oils from their coat and make them dull and coarse. If you must rinse a horse off after a workout or something, just use plain water and only do it when necessary. If you need the horse to be clean/shiny...brush and brush and brush and brush and brush and then wipe them down with a damp clean cloth.

There is only one of my horses that gets a bath with shampoo and it only happens once a year. He's gray and I like him to be really white when I carry the flag in the local parade. In spite of the lack of bathing and, often, the lack of grooming in general (several of mine are retirees turned out to pasture so they just get a look-over once a day and groomed maybe once a month), all of mine sparkle like newly minted coins in the summer. They are fed nothing but good quality hay and a mineral block; no grains, no "complete feeds", no special supplements, nothing.
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    07-20-2013, 12:23 AM
In addition to the feed and grooming, be sure your horse is current on deworming. If they are wormy then the coat may not be ideal.
    07-20-2013, 10:27 AM
Use natural bristle brushes not nylon bristle.
Corn oil is inexpensive and shines the coat up.
Black oil sunflower seed (just a cup or so per day).
If you bath your horse just use water and your fingers to get dirt out. No soap.

Just what works for me. Right now our 250# underweight gelding has the nicest coat on the property. He gets 1/2 cup of corn oil each day. Can't believe how good his coat looks.

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