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post #11 of 72 Old 05-12-2012, 09:12 AM
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My daughter leased a red roan paint last year for 4-H. She brushed him 5-6 days a week and at fair HE, a red roan, was glossy and shiny. The trick is regular brushing.


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post #12 of 72 Old 05-12-2012, 09:15 AM
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Grooming on a regular basis with a lot of elbow grease + a great balanced diet = beautiful horse.

Supplements alone will do nothing. Brushing alone will help but still nothing if your horse isn't getting everything that they need!

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A little oil in the feed, good quality feed, daily grooming and keep them out of the sun as much as you can.
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post #14 of 72 Old 05-12-2012, 10:12 AM
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But horses need sun. Sure they "bleach" but that's the equivalent of keeping snow white in her castle. She's going to miss out on all the vitamin D!
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But horses need sun. Sure they "bleach" but that's the equivalent of keeping snow white in her castle. She's going to miss out on all the vitamin D!
They can get plenty of light in the early moring and early evening.

They do not just "bleach".

The little hairs die.
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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. (:
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post #18 of 72 Old 05-15-2012, 08:49 PM
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Groom! Groom! Groom! My horse is on a 14% feed. No supplements and is in the sun allll day. I groom him for about an hour a day every day and he shines like the sun!
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post #19 of 72 Old 05-15-2012, 09:00 PM
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I groom my horse daily and she is super shiney! It is also good bonding time for you and your horse! I take time to groom before and after riding.... just a ritiual we have :)
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post #20 of 72 Old 05-15-2012, 09:41 PM
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I brush my horses every day and I also add a bit of flax to their grain. Their coats are very shiney and soft, much nicer then when I got them. I don't know if it is because of the flax or because they have good food and I brush them a lot but they seem to just glow.
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