Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Higgins, TX. YeeHaw!!
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.
Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog: http://robertsontraining.blogspot.com/