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post #21 of 72 Old 05-15-2012, 10:11 PM
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Okay, I revise my post ;) Here is exactly what I feed one of my horses, and their nightly rutine. (Let's do Cowboy, the 4 year old black gelding I show, as our guinea pig.)


2 lbs. Horseman's Edge, 12% Protein
1 Scoop Farriers Friend, (He has thin walls, barefoot)
1 Scoop MSM, Joint Supplement

Morning -
Fly Sheet/ UV protector on,
Fly mask on

Night -
Fly stuff off,
brush ... brush ... brush
pick hooves
stalled for night.

And he is Mr. Super shine. I have actually recieved comments from JUDGES at shows, complementing me on how shiny and healthy he looks. You just have to really .want. the shine, and really want a healthy pony :)
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post #22 of 72 Old 05-15-2012, 10:54 PM
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One thing that hasn't been mentioned yet, don't bathe too often. Using any form of soap on a horse will strip away the natural oils from their coat and make them look dull and lifeless.
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post #23 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 01:58 AM
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I have 2 horses and Scooter is shiny as can be , but Cash I can't get to shine! He is like an almost black , and they are only eating on pasture right now. Do I have to feed them grain to get them to get or keep their shine ?
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post #24 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 10:12 AM
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my horses shine solely from good nutrition. i swear they look better before i attempt to brush the dust off than after. good nutrition should be the base for all things you do with your horse, including getting him/her to shine.
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post #25 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 07:14 PM
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I rarely ever brush my two pasture puffs, and both of them shine like nobody's business. They're on 24/7 pasture with one feeding of a senior feed each day.
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post #26 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 08:38 PM
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This is what works for mine really well:
Max-E-Glo Stabilized Rice Bran Meal & Pellet | Manna Pro

It's stabilized rice bran, I mix it in with their feed. Love this stuff.. It's also good to add it in for horses that need to put on weigh.. it's good FAT for them..
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post #27 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 08:55 PM
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I worked with a young gal with a pasture pony. 10 days before her first show she and her sister groomed this pony daily until they felt their arms would drop off. At the show we were given many compliments on how shiney the pony was. I told every one that the girls deserve all the credit for all their hard work. Their ages were 10 & 11.
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post #28 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 09:06 PM
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My colt gets brushed maybe once a week if he's lucky. But I've been feeding him Manna Pro's "Sho Glo" because it is a vitamin/mineral supplement and he's a growing boy and I want to make sure he isn't lacking any nutrients. So he gets Sho Glo, alfalfa hay and maybe 1 cup of oats to put the Show Glo in and viola, major shine when he shedded out this spring!

I know it's not brushing because he hardly gets brushed and he's always a dusty mess. But he still shines! I really think shine is a result of proper nutrition.

These photos are of a dusty, barely brushed horse.
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post #29 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 09:46 PM
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I really agree... My horses MannaPro's ride bran mean about 1 cup 2x daily mixed in their feed. They get Kent's SBP 14-10 (about 2-3 cups 2 x daily for each horse), 1 x daily they get soaked alfalfa cubes - I take 1 scoop of dry alfalfa cubes, soak them and split between my 2 horses. Then 2 flakes of good hay, 2x daily, sometimes I will split them a flake during the middle of the day. I am attaching picture of my 3 yo filly, she was just brushed, she has had no bath since last summer.. we got cold well water, I am waiting for it to get a little warmer. But you can see how shiny her coat is. I brush my horse every 1-2 days, pick their feet 1-2 x daily.
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post #30 of 72 Old 05-20-2012, 10:17 PM
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My homozygous black gets 1 lb 2x daily of senior's and even without grooming his coat has a brilliant shine with dapples galore. His forage is timothy hay and pasture.
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