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  • How often should you wash your horse with quic color
  • Using tide to wash your horse

 
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    12-11-2006, 12:02 AM
  #1
Foal
Shine

Any tips on how I can get my sorrel overo to shine? (coat wise I mean) Retail products, feed, or home rememdies welcome.
     
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    12-11-2006, 02:13 PM
  #2
Foal
Which coat? Your or your horses?
     
    12-11-2006, 03:26 PM
  #3
Foal
Hee,hee,hee. Very funny. Last time I checked my coat was just fine...it's my horse's coat I'd like to spruce up.
     
    12-12-2006, 02:49 PM
  #4
Weanling
I know that in the spring you can wash your horses tail with tide to get untangled. It makes their tail really soft.
     
    12-12-2006, 03:54 PM
  #5
Foal
Hey, thanks for the tip. I'm always looking for ways to cut costs and make life easier...if that means using household items I'm all for it. :) Another friend of mine suggested using baby shampoo to wash my filly's coat. I guess if it's gentle enough for babies it should be o.k. For horses?
     
    12-12-2006, 07:34 PM
  #6
Yearling
I always used Quic Color on my bay. It intensifies natural coloring, perhaps you could try it on your paint? I also love Cowboy Magic products. They make excellent detanglers and stain removers for the coat.
I would be careful when using "human" shampoos, they often are so drying and make the animal itch/rub. (It's such a sad day when a horse rubs out their beautiful tail.)
For show season or just to show off, baby powder intensifies white areas or markings. It looks great. I have also used baby oil on the mane or tail to create more of a shine. I try to avoid the hair folicles, just coating the hair. World Champion Pepi Show Sheen is amazing and recommended to me by a professional. It can be used on the mane and tail as well as the coat. I own a grooming mit that puts shine back into the coat quite well. They make wool and sheepskin. I don't wash it as to keep the natural oils in the mit.
I have also heard apple cider vinegar is amazing. I have been recommended feeding 2-4 oz a day or diluting it with water and using it to wash with. It makes the coat healthy, shiney and keeps flies away.
Hope that helps a bit. =)
     
    12-14-2006, 01:05 PM
  #7
Foal
Flax Seed is a great way to help your horse's coat become nice and shiny, a small handfull in their feed in the morning. But nothing beats daily grooming. Running a brush over your horse doesn't count. A good at least 20 minutes grooming everyday. When you groom your horse, it helps their natural oils come out, when you bathe them, the shampoo takes the natural oils away. This is why you should only bathe your horse once or twice a month.
     
    12-16-2006, 03:18 PM
  #8
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by moosey
Flax Seed is a great way to help your horse's coat become nice and shiny, a small handfull in their feed in the morning. But nothing beats daily grooming. Running a brush over your horse doesn't count. A good at least 20 minutes grooming everyday. When you groom your horse, it helps their natural oils come out, when you bathe them, the shampoo takes the natural oils away. This is why you should only bathe your horse once or twice a month.
Hey, I'll try the flax seed...hadn't heard that one. I do groom a lot. Prior to every ride I groom at least 20-30 min. I love it and so does my filly. Great way to destress from work. :)
     
    12-16-2006, 03:23 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by kristy
I always used Quic Color on my bay. It intensifies natural coloring, perhaps you could try it on your paint? I also love Cowboy Magic products. They make excellent detanglers and stain removers for the coat.
I would be careful when using "human" shampoos, they often are so drying and make the animal itch/rub. (It's such a sad day when a horse rubs out their beautiful tail.)
For show season or just to show off, baby powder intensifies white areas or markings. It looks great. I have also used baby oil on the mane or tail to create more of a shine. I try to avoid the hair folicles, just coating the hair. World Champion Pepi Show Sheen is amazing and recommended to me by a professional. It can be used on the mane and tail as well as the coat. I own a grooming mit that puts shine back into the coat quite well. They make wool and sheepskin. I don't wash it as to keep the natural oils in the mit.
I have also heard apple cider vinegar is amazing. I have been recommended feeding 2-4 oz a day or diluting it with water and using it to wash with. It makes the coat healthy, shiney and keeps flies away.
Hope that helps a bit. =)
Thanks for the tips. Won't use the baby shampoo. Definitely don't want her getting itchy skin. :(
     
    12-17-2006, 01:42 PM
  #10
Foal
grooming

Flax seed is great for the dogs I didnt know you could give it to horses too!! I'll start using that and apple sider vinegar stinks soooo darn bad I would never use it!! Man that stuff is horrible!!
     

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