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post #1 of 11 Old 06-10-2012, 04:41 PM Thread Starter
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Making her extra shiny without gaining weight?

Okay, My Haflinger mare is currently on paprika to keep her from fading, 100% pasture w/ a run in and is groomed daily(even if all I have time for is to run a curry and brush over her). She is a pony and has no trouble gaining weight, however she is active enough in the pasture(she gallops around all over the place, jumps the middle divider fence, jumps trees, brush, bushes, somewhat tall grass, the mini, etc) and I work with her whenever I can(she is only 3 so it is all ground work) so she stays at a good weight. But she isn't very shiny and I plan on showing her. I've heard of feeding them vegetable oil to help increase the shine, but I've also heard it can be used to add calories and weight to horses That is the last thing she needs. She doesn't get a grain ration but gets a vitamin supplement along with her paprika.

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post #2 of 11 Old 06-10-2012, 05:01 PM
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Flaxseed. My horse is a buckskin and they are not known for being shiny at all.
I feed it whole and he gets 2 tablespoons a day mixed into his whopping 1 cup of ration balancer. I feed it whole to all of my farm critters and have the shiniest animals around.
My boy shines like liquid gold, but because I am crazy busy running my own business and a farm he does not get groomed daily.... He sure looks like he does though!
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post #3 of 11 Old 06-10-2012, 08:28 PM
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Just give her a good curry everyday. Maybe put a fly sheet on her as well, to prevent the sun from bleaching her.


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Flax seed, there are a few oils you could try (fish most commonly). I use The marigold Stuff that eqyss makes. It doesn't work immediately but I have used it on 5 different horses for the past two years and by the this month (starting in feb) they are the shiniest horses in the barn. And I wouldn't bathe to keep my horse shiny, you end up stripping them of their "shine" oils.
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Avon skin so soft bath oil in a spray bottle.

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I thought flax seed helped horses gain weight? I know all the sprays help the day of show, but I'm already debating taking out stock in cowboy magic just trying to keep her mane and tail in order.


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Check the show rules, make sure Paprika is legal.

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I thought flax seed helped horses gain weight? I know all the sprays help the day of show, but I'm already debating taking out stock in cowboy magic just trying to keep her mane and tail in order.
I'm not sure a tablespoon or two would add significantly to weight, but I could be wrong as I know it is used in higher amounts in weight gain formulas/supplements.
All of my farm animals get it and it has not contributed to weight gain in the quantities that I use, just shine, shine, shine.
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Check the show rules, make sure Paprika is legal.
I have. Paprika is legal. Because technically doesn't alter the hair color itself(like dying hair) and doesn't cover up anything(like spray paint or colored spray). It just helps her keep her dapples and golden coat. We only are doing local and small shows(nothing sanctioned).


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post #10 of 11 Old 06-14-2012, 01:19 PM
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If they are healthy and are given good grain and hay this grooming works, Do a very intense cury do get any dust or dirt from the skin then use a stiff brush to brush it all off followed by using a soft horse hair brush ( to bring out the natural oils ) followed by a good rubdown with a clean towel.
I have used this method for over 50 years and has worked with all my horses. To much hoseing down or washing can dry up the natural oils from their skin.
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