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  • How to make a horse shiney but not slippery

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    11-01-2011, 02:04 AM
  #21
Foal
My horse gets nothing but pasture grass. In this picture she has not seen a brush in over 3 months. In winter when she is put on hay she loses that shine. She is on 24/7 turn out and spring through fall she just glows.
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    11-01-2011, 08:31 AM
  #22
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by sadstory1    
old english trick, after grooming rub her down with a silk scarf. Look at smokey... smokey also gets linseed oil in his feed as well as plenty of fresh fruit and veg (whatever is in season) I soak the veg overnight to remove dirt and pesticides
I just have to say that the "No parking" sign in this photo with the horse "parked" there is cracking me up
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    11-01-2011, 08:32 AM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by ScharmLily    
I don't know where you are located, but in many areas the soil is very depleted of vitamin E. Feeding hay rather than pasture further reduces the daily amount your horse is getting.

I had my mare for years, and despite hours of grooming and a good quality vitamin/mineral supplement, she just wouldn't shine. I found out when she went lame and we did a blood panel on her that she was deficient in vitamin E. After only a small amount of time being on a natural (more readily absorbed form) vitamin E supplement, she now shines regardless of when I brush her or how dirty she manages to get.

My new horse seemed to have less of a shine than he ought to, so I recently put him on a vitamin E supplement as well, as I already know that the soil around here is very depleted. He is now much shinier too.

I would suggest looking into it, as like others have said, vitamin deficiency is a major cause of a dull coat and sometimes it is hard to tell if they are getting everything they need even if they are on a high quality food. Hope this helped!
How much vitamin E daily do you feed? I've heard this from a ton of people, and I know my mare already gets supplements that include vitamin E, but I'm wondering if I should further supplement on top of them? (not to take over the thread, but I have the same issues as the OP and thought it would be a helpful question)
     
    11-04-2011, 05:27 AM
  #24
Weanling
Add a tablespoon of oil into his feed, brush regually to stimulate the oils and wash little as it removes the oils...

I wash pre a show a couple of days is better...

Then I do a baby oil bath (Hot bucket of water with a few decent squirts of oil in it) agitate the water to mix in the baby oil and dip sponge on the top and rub all over.... over and let dry on horse without sweatscraping off or rinsing... (Done after a normal shampoo..

It does not make the horse slippery nor can you see the baby oil as it doesnt make them greasy - its all absorbed in - never had issues with it making them slippy

my shiney pony
     
    11-04-2011, 05:30 AM
  #25
Weanling
Btw the horses that get the best shine are the liver chestnuts for sure!!! So when you get it sorted your ponies going to shine
     
    11-04-2011, 08:53 AM
  #26
Green Broke
Wow jody he's gorgeous!!
     
    11-05-2011, 04:51 PM
  #27
Foal
laser sheen!!

Use a rubber curry comb and lots of elbow grease! I also use laser sheen (just like show sheen but not as slippery) and vetrolin spray. You can also try adding a supplement like cocosoya, super shine ultra or cool calories (stay away from this one if your horse in on the plump side though, its 99% fat so it packs on the pounds too)

I attached a picture of my horse, I always get compliments on her "copper penny shine" and all I used is a curry comb and laser sheen (dont mind my face in the picture, it was a long day lol!).

Good luck!!
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    11-05-2011, 04:55 PM
  #28
Foal
[quote/]How much vitamin E daily do you feed? I've heard this from a ton of people, and I know my mare already gets supplements that include vitamin E, but I'm wondering if I should further supplement on top of them? (not to take over the thread, but I have the same issues as the OP and thought it would be a helpful question) [/quote]

My mare had a vitamin E deficiency (I live in upstate NY), I would recommend getting your horses levels tested before you add supplements, especially if you are giving them selenium too their levels can get too high.

She used to get one tbs a day of vitamin E but she hasnt been on it in over a year since I had her retested and her levels were way above where they needed to be.
     
    11-06-2011, 05:02 AM
  #29
Foal
Some people apply pig oil to the coat before shows over here. X
     
    11-07-2011, 07:28 AM
  #30
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Hoofprints in the Sand    
How much vitamin E daily do you feed? I've heard this from a ton of people, and I know my mare already gets supplements that include vitamin E, but I'm wondering if I should further supplement on top of them? (not to take over the thread, but I have the same issues as the OP and thought it would be a helpful question)
I use the smartpak natural vitamin E powder. It is 2500 IU per serving and there is probably about a tablespoon in each well. This will vary between products, so I would just recommend reading the label and following the directions. The good thing is that you can't overdose on vitamin E.
     

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