Products that REALLY condition the coat, mane, and tail
I know there's plenty of products out there that just make your horse look really shiny, but don't do anything for the actual health of the coat/mane/tail. In fact, some can take away from health, too.
I looked into coconut oil, but I don't like that its messy and solid. I would love something I could put into a spray bottle and/or a tub for when I bathe.
I'm aware the best way to keep the hair healthy is regular grooming and nutrition, but I already regularly groom as well as I possibly can in the span of 30 minutes and nutrition is not my forte.
Coconut oil for me, I always keep a spare bottle in the stable. I've heard you can get some kind of "vegetable oil spray" or something like that that you put the oil into to keep it liquid and you can then spray it on the mane/tail/coat/your hair/skin/frying pan/basically whatever you'd like to. Personally I've never tried this because I'm fine with the coconut oil being just the way it is (it solidifies at certain temperature, I believe it's 22 - 25°C but I may be wrong), now that it's winter I don't find it being solid such a big deal as it melts in your hands before you put it on the horse anyway. Other than that I have no other suggestions because I've never even tried to look for anything else.
Unfortunately, no vacuum for me. Outlets are few and far from the nearest crosstie. Not to mention I have a spooky horse!
Vetrolin. Hmm. I'll put that on my list for next time I stop by the tack shop.
AHA! I found it! According to a food website (apparently CO is a common cooking ingredient. Who knew?) approx. 1 tablespoon of olive oil for every 14 oz jar of CO will do the trick. Now that its winter I'd probably have to warm the bottle in my hands a little, but who cares?
Ooooooh this thread just made me so happy! Once I try these out I'll update. (Especially on CO...One of the big drawbacks I saw on the forum was the lack of spray.)
I know you said you're not big on nutrition, but a simple way to help hair growth and heath is to feed a few spoons of flaxseed (linseed) oil at feeding time. Working from the inside has a far greater effect on the overall health of the horse than just spraying him with something meant to make him look shiny.
Flax seed oil works on the coat/mane/tail, hooves, skin, joints and even helps metabolism, immune system function and cell repair.
This is the coat of a horse who is fed flax seed oil as part of his regular feeding:
For the outside I use M.T.G, its oil based so it doesn't freeze my horses mane or tail in the winter and protects them from the dry air. I don't usually treat his coat though because he is an outdoor horse and his coat is nice without help.
I once was told to never use a soft brush on outdoor horses or horses with dry coats as it strips the naturally occurring protective oils. I also was todl that wou should always use a soft brush as it spreads the oils to better protect the coat...yeah confusing.
That horse is gorgeous! Is he yours?
Unfortunately, the main reason nutrition is not my forte is because I currently have no control over it. But I'm making note of it, so that when I have control I can make my horse look like that- naturally!
No, his name is Hawkwell Versuvius he's a champion dartmoor stallion. I just posted him as an example of what flax can do
This is my goober (as seen in my avatar):
Tymer: You could always feed it to him when you see him. My horse only gets feed as a treat when I visit him (twice a week, if I'm lucky) and just gets hay all the rest of the time. You could do something similiar with the oil, just feed it when you can (you could dip a treat such as a carrot or nugget in it), it won't provide as much benefit, but it won't stop it from being good for him.
Fiebing's Satin Sheen. Unlike Absorbine's Show Sheen, it doesn't have silicone in it and it isn't really for producing an instant shine. I keep my Arabs very long mane conditioned with it, and it makes the hair utterly silky and tangle free, as well as repels dirt and makes it easy to comb out any dirt that DOES attach. I use it roughly once a week once it gets warm enough and all summer.
I don't know that it's a top notch moisturizer like coconut oil, but I've been using it for years and it keeps her mane beautiful and manageable which is what I need considering she has a VERY long mane and a penchant for burr patches and wind whirls.
Aside from that, she has a lusterious shine to her at virtually all times, I have no idea why. I always thought it was grass, but she was just as shiny this summer with only hay, and mediocre hay at best. She's just a shineball