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post #1 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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I need Shine ASAP

I am entering in the Youth Mustang Challenge this year! I have ninety days to work with a mustang yearling(which I buy on March 31st), and then we're judged on inhand Trail, Patterns, and Movements! But mostly, look. I need a way to fill out this mustang, give him/her a nice look, and most of all, shine. Shine. SHINE.

The shinier the coat, the more the horse stands out. I need this horse healthy, but we only have 90 days!!!
So I am wondering, any ideas on products or things to do for Shine/Coat Health, or for any tips with the mustang at all! :3
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post #2 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 07:34 AM
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If your horse has a winter coat that is beginning to shed, it's pretty tough to get the shine you seek. I think you will find that she will have a nice shine once the shedding stops. As the hairs let go the coat often appears dull.
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post #3 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 07:45 AM
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In the meantime, you can buy some whole flax seed and start feeding it.
When she sheds, she will shine like nobodies business!

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post #4 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 09:57 AM
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I would say lots of elbow grease! I would spend lots of time with a rubber curry, since she will most likely still have some of her winter coat left, I think one of the coarse fingered rubber curries will work better and get through the thicker hair and clean down to the skin better. It will help to stimulate the oil glands in the skin and bring up all the dirt to the surface to be brushed away. Next stiff and/or medium dandy brush to sweep away all the dirt that the curry brought to the surface. Then lots of time with a softer body brush, the oval shape with hand strap style and short close set bristles either horsehair bristles or boar bristles will do a nice job. The body brush will remove a lot of the fine dust and dirt and distribute the skin oils throughout the hair coat and bring out a really nice shine. Then rubbing with a real sheepskin mitt to finish off, the more time spent rubbing the shinier the horse!

If you use this routine every day, maybe even 2 times/day, you should have a shiny horse in 90 days.

Remember to scrape your brushes against a metal curry every few strokes to get the dirt and dust off them, so that you are not putting it back into the coat. Washing your grooming tools on a regular basis or as needed as well.

Also, I really think that natural bristle brushes bring out a better shine.

As for filling her out, maybe lots of free choice good quality hay and/or pasture and a ration/feed balancer to give her any vitamins and minerals that she may not get from the hay and/or pasture. Good nutrition is important for a healthy looking coat as well.

Good luck with your mustang!
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post #5 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 10:43 AM
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Sorry for adding in another post after my first one, but I forgot to mention deworming! Ask your vet about deworming her, what product would be best for her at this point in time.
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post #6 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 11:20 AM
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The minute you have her gentled enough to bathe and clip, get rid of the winter hair. Deworm, and start currying her daily. You only need about 3 weeks for her new coat to grow in and it will grow in shiney. The day before you leave for the show, bathe, condition with Kolestral, and put this on her:

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Between the Kolestral conditioner and the clear henna polish, she will shine like you've never seen.

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post #7 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 12:45 PM
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I am entering in the Youth Mustang Challenge this year! I have ninety days to work with a mustang yearling(which I buy on March 31st), and then we're judged on inhand Trail, Patterns, and Movements! But mostly, look. I need a way to fill out this mustang, give him/her a nice look, and most of all, shine. Shine. SHINE.

The shinier the coat, the more the horse stands out. I need this horse healthy, but we only have 90 days!!!
So I am wondering, any ideas on products or things to do for Shine/Coat Health, or for any tips with the mustang at all! :3
Just wanted to say I think this is awesome! We have 2 Mustang Challenges in Utah. One for the Utah Horse Expo and one for Cowboy Poetry here in Heber. Good luck to you! Oh and the flax will work wonders. It will give him that healthy natural shine rather than a "spray on" shine from products.

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post #8 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 02:13 PM
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It's totally possible. Take Boomerang, for example! Here's a video of him after only 65 days of training, from being a skinny, completely wild guy to THIS! A healthy coat starts from the inside – Good nutrition! Also, vigorous currying daily makes it shiny and wonderful, too(:


There's the little miscreant!

The hills were bathed in moonlight, the shadows not so stark;
Silver light reflected off his brown hide as he held me in the dark
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post #9 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 02:15 PM
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Currying, currying, currying! It will work out the winter coat and stimulate natural oils. Also deworming and adding flaw seed will give you a great shine.
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post #10 of 19 Old 03-06-2012, 02:33 PM
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Also deworming and adding flaw seed will give you a great shine.
YES, I forgot to add regular, consistent rotational deworming! Your mustang is going to be wormy and sandy and will need psyllium as well.

You're doing this for the Horse Expo at CalExpo in Sac, right?

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