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post #31 of 39 Old 06-19-2013, 04:47 PM
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My Fleabitten Paint is forever a lover of fine sand. Silty stuff is her favorite. She's a total connoisseur of good, sticky, tiny-particle sand unique to certain wind-blown, trampled areas. She wouldn't dream of rolling on grass. If I refuse to let her in the churned-up paddock, she digs up a spot in the pasture and carefully stirs it up to get the stuff just-so. Because it's fine particles, a fly sheet doesn't make much difference.

I just brush, brush, brush, curry, curry, curry, and alternately use a soft, damp sponge, dry cloth, and scrubby sponge to get her neat. Some days I say the heck with it and let her use her paddock and stall, most of the time I keep the paddock closed to let grass grow this summer. I pour apple cider vinegar into a soft sponge and work it into her legs, belly, and face to keep the flies from biting... she's thin skinned and hates them just crawling on her, though. Also always turn the fan on at noon.

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post #32 of 39 Old 06-19-2013, 04:55 PM
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Dark horses shine, the white ones glow, or rather, light up the joint; here's a photo from a show some months ago, my white gal is in the back, I washed her too many times than anyone should ever wash a horse and swear I scrubbed the black outta her skin...

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post #33 of 39 Old 06-19-2013, 06:08 PM
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My new horse Legend has a run in shelter that he stays in on the very sunny days so far I haven't had any issues with sun burn but his coat doesn't seem very nice. My other horse which is dark colored just seems to glow and his coat is very soft. Do white horses ever shine? I don't think I have ever really been around any other horses this color so I don't know. I have my dark colored horse on flax seed and a bit of Paprika and I just started the new horse on a 1/4 cup of flax, do you think this will improve his coat? He gets fed good quality hay and a bit of senior feed mixed with the freshly ground flax.
Darker horses shine because light is reflected off the darker hairs. White horses shine but it's hard to see.
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post #34 of 39 Old 06-21-2013, 12:41 PM
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...but his coat doesn't seem very nice. My other horse which is dark colored just seems to glow and his coat is very soft. Do white horses ever shine? ...
Yes, white horses will shine if their coat is healthy, but it's harder to see than it is on a dark horse. If his coat doesn't appear healthy, he may be lacking in a nutrient in his feed...or he may need to be dewormed.

This horse is shiny as all get-out in the summer, but it's hard to capture on camera so I had to play with the lighting in my photo editor to get it sort of visible.
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post #35 of 39 Old 06-21-2013, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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I wormed him as soon as I got him home and am giving him a bit of ground up flax and a handful of grain in addition to his hay. I guess it just takes time before he gets a nice coat Smrobs my guy is almost identical to yours in body color from that picture you posted he is not completely white he has little freckles or flecks like yours
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post #36 of 39 Old 06-25-2013, 05:54 AM
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Beware of cow poop! I swear my grey pony rolls in it on purpose!! And it stains like crazy and looks rather disgusting haha
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post #37 of 39 Old 06-28-2013, 03:47 PM
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I swear my grey washes herself like a cat when I'm not looking. I've never had such a clean horse. I know I'm incredibly lucky! Her tail gets a little bit discoloured, but not too bad. She even keeps her blanket spotless when she wears it.

Knowing my luck, though, once we finally enter a show she's going to find a pile of poop to roll in, lol!
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post #38 of 39 Old 06-29-2013, 12:46 PM
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Congratulations on your new boy! My gray (white) mare seems to stay pretty clean. Like others have said, depends on the horse. Can't really tell from this photo, but she is pretty shiny for her color, and I use Orvus on her as well.

Sorry, tried to post photo, but I couldn't figure out how - so technically challenged!

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post #39 of 39 Old 06-29-2013, 01:48 PM
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Horses roll for several reasons, shift their insides, enjoy a good scratch horse fashion, to gain a layer of protective dirt to help deter bugs and another I've suspected is to disguise their own smell. Very common with dogs.
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