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  • Palomino coat dull and blotchy
  • Maintaining a shiny coat on a gray horse

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    02-09-2011, 03:04 PM
We're putting black sun flower seeds in our food mix, it has made my girls coat glisten where it is clean!

Also mizing their feed with oil (I believe my BO used to use vegetable oil) will make whem shine!
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    02-09-2011, 04:56 PM
Lola seems to be naturally shiny =p Before I even started giving her oil she was shiny. It is probably the rug keeping her clean. Even on a wet day she looks good! =D
    02-09-2011, 04:59 PM
A good coat starts with proper and balanced nutrition. Once a good feeding regime has been established then regular grooming will help maintain a healthy glossy coat.
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    02-09-2011, 11:31 PM
I swear by flax seed. We do a 1/2 cup per day and wow... Its cheap, it's easy, and it has a great shelf life. Not to mention the colic protection and hoof benefits. The omega 3 simulates the omega 3 horses would normally get from fresh green grass.

The only downside is they may not like to eat it! If that's the case "omega horseshine" supplement is nearly 100% pelletized flax, but its more expensive.

If you insist on just topical shine, forget the products until show day. Get a nice gentle curry brush and curry every day!

A previous poster is right too! Its winter and they're all furry! Its warmer where I am so my guys still shiny (avatars from Christmas) but you may have to wait til it warms up to get an intense shine!
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    02-15-2011, 11:55 AM
Some horses are just born with nice coats. My bf's arabian gelding looks like a shaggy gray teddy bear, but his arabian mare has had a short, shiny, perfect coat all winter. No blankets...it's weird.
    02-15-2011, 12:59 PM
Originally Posted by PintoTess    
Winter coats are not supposed to look shiny and good.
I disagree. All of our horses have shiny, glossy winter coats. Yes, they may get dirty and smelly when they lay and bake in the sun but they brush clean and shiny again.
    02-15-2011, 05:17 PM
My BO taught me a really interesting old school trick that doesn't use any products. You take the palm of your hand and press firmly and stroke in the direction of the coat (kinda like a brush). This supposedly draws the natural oils (and oils from your hand) to the surface and brings out a natural sheen. I tried it on Lilly and it actually really worked!
    02-15-2011, 06:33 PM
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Sarge generally always has a super shiny coat. His coat was looking a little bedraggled and so was he. I had him tube wormed in January and his sparkle and shine is back. Biscuit's hair was dull when I got him almost 4 months ago. Now his hair is glistening even though his woolies and OMG does he have a heavy coat on his midsection. He is shedding like crazy.

They are fed Safe Choice twice a day with free choice hay and are turned out in a 2 or 3 acre pasture. No supplements - just good nutrition. Loads of grooming. Biscuit is a light palomino and at this moment is pretty darn dirty...can't wait to clean him up and see what he looks like clean!

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