05-13-2012, 03:13 AM
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First off, a good coat starts from the inside out. Make sure that your horse is getting a good, complete, and nutritionally balanced diet, and is regularly dewormed. SmartShine is a very nice supplement that works very well – but is not a substitute for a healthy and complete diet. What is your horse's diet like?
Secondly, another great way to maintain a healthy and shiny coat is to curry it daily, then brush off all excess hair until the coat is smooth and clean. Every time I see my horse, which is daily, I groom her. First, you thoroughly curry the horse, starting at the top of the neck and working to her gaskins, and all down her legs and under her belly. Curry as hard as you possibly can – it's like a massage, and horses love it, save for on the horse's tendons, because we must be careful around those. ;) This will not only keep the coat clean and nice, but will also increase circulation to the surface of the horse's skin and you will get healthier, softer, and shiner hair. Washing the horse regularly with a quality horse shampoo, like Cowboy Magic's Rosewater Shampoo or Mane N' Tail's Shampoo, will also help – scrub it in with a curry comb and rinse thoroughly.
It's not one or the other that makes a horse's coat have that healthy shine, but both combined. (: