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  • Feed chia seeds to horses to give shine in their coat
  • Glossy coat of thoroughbred

 
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    08-08-2011, 10:50 AM
  #1
Foal
How can I get her SUPER shiny?

I can get her somewhat shiny, but then I spray Pepi on, and like a half an hour later theres like little blackish brown stuff all over her white spots, it east to get off, but I want a natural shine! Help? Thanks!
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    08-08-2011, 10:55 AM
  #2
Green Broke
A good shine comes from the inside out. First thing to do is make sure that her diet is well balanced. From there you can add something like Black Sunflower Seeds, or oil to help promote a healthy, glossy coat.

From there on out its all about elbow grease. Groom, groom, groom and then when you think you're done, groom some more.
     
    08-08-2011, 11:12 AM
  #3
Showing
^^Exactly. Also, don't wash her with soap very often as that will strip away the natural oils and make her coat look dull. Other than that, lots and lots of brushing with a clean brush. That will help to distribute her skins oils to her hair and make her shinier.

Just to give you an idea of what can be achieved without all that time spent bathing and putting blankets on and all that other stuff that lot's of show people do.

None of these horses are blanketed...ever. They haven't seen a real bath with soap in at least a year (some of them never have), they get an occasional brushing just because I feel like it, and they get lots of good alfalfa hay.




This mare gets rinsed off after a workout just to get rid of the dried sweat but that's it.
     
    08-08-2011, 11:56 AM
  #4
Foal
^^^....*wipes drool*

They are so gorgeous!
     
    08-08-2011, 12:05 PM
  #5
Showing
LOL, thanks .
     
    08-08-2011, 12:06 PM
  #6
Foal
Smrobs, they are so pretty!
     
    08-08-2011, 12:33 PM
  #7
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
^^Exactly. Also, don't wash her with soap very often as that will strip away the natural oils and make her coat look dull. Other than that, lots and lots of brushing with a clean brush. That will help to distribute her skins oils to her hair and make her shinier.

Just to give you an idea of what can be achieved without all that time spent bathing and putting blankets on and all that other stuff that lot's of show people do.
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YEP --
We don't blanket, the horses are on 24/7 turnout, we feed hay, alfalfa pellets, beet pulp and rice bran (the last three are only for the TB, the mini would explode if we gave her anything but turnout/hay) and they are bathed about once a year because I have to give into DD at some point, lol.
Here is her mare:
     
    08-08-2011, 09:25 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Well if we are sharing photos...none of these guys have had a proper bath in the time I have owned them. They're diets are balanced using FeedXL. They had a stiff brush run over them to remove mud before these photos were taken, but that is all. Oh, and this is their winter coats!

The comparison photos are before and after I started them on Chia seeds.









     
    08-08-2011, 09:46 PM
  #9
Weanling
Yep, this has to come from the inside out.
I would suggest some oil and flax in her feed. Make sure it's high quality feed and hay, amounted and correctly chosen ingridients to her level of work.

I would suggest some paprika as well to deepen her color some more, making a shine easier to show.



^That's my 27 yo thoroughbred, who hasn't had a good bath in lord knows how long, and only gets really groomed all the time during winter when she's being brushed down to put her blanket on. She's on full turnout, coastal hay, nutrena senior grain, and vegatable oil. That's it, and she stays looking like this year round. We don't really pay much attention to her, since she's been fully retired for six years now, with her source of exercise being walking around grazing, with the occasional gallops around her pasture being the crazy ex-racer that she is. So, I credit her awesome weight and shine especially at such an old age, to her nutrition. Horrible TB feet though. Not much to be done about that.. They're as good as they're going to get.

It's all about the nutrition facts when it gets down to it.

And this is my gelding before his bath. It had been about 4-5 months without a good sudsy bath, and just hosed down after every ride.
     
    08-08-2011, 09:59 PM
  #10
Foal
I feed her 2 scoops senior feed and 2 and 1/2 ounces of ground flax seed, then I mix it with enough water to make it mushy. I don't bathe her too often, I just rinse her off after I exercise her.
     

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