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  • Does farnam super 14 help a horse shed quicker?
  • Uckele horse shedding

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    02-01-2007, 03:15 AM
The best feed additive I've found for the coat is Uckele's CocoSoya. It is much higher quality than corn oil - the horse gets more benefit from it. You basically get a long more bang for your buck.
Farnham's Super 14 product is also very good. If a horse is slow to shed out in the spring feeding the Super 14 will get them to a show quality coat very quickly, IME.
I also feed fortified rice bran which helps a lot.
I also agree about not many baths (if I use shampoo I dilute it 1:10 with water), and lots of brushing.
Buckskins can be difficult to get a really high shine on and the CocoSoya keeps my guy with a very short, super high gloss coat. I couldn't recommend any single product more than it. You can find it at
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    02-01-2007, 08:55 AM
Maybe I should look into using the super 14 on mike this spring.... It takes time for him to shed his coat...but then there is like 5 inches to
    02-01-2007, 05:55 PM
For shows, I've heard about people using baby wipes after they groom; it removes all the excess dust that the brushes leave behind. I've never tried it, so I can't say that it really works, but it's something to look into, I guess.
    02-06-2007, 04:04 AM
A healthy coat comes from having a healthy horse inside and out. I would reccomend ensuring your worming programme is up to date..... second I would add a high fat/energy content feed. A few suitable feeds are soyabean meal, linseed (prepared correctly), maize or sunflower seeds. Any type of oil will have benifit. But do be careful as high fat/energy feeds can make your horse excitable. Soyabean meal seems not to heat them up to much as other feeds do. Assuming your horse is healthy on the inside it is then important to have clean skin And hair. I reccomend chlorhexidine scrub sometimes known as chlorex. It is available from your vet. Chlorhexidine is what vets often use as a pre surgery scrub, it is pink, smells a bit like bubblegum and has a consistency of thick shampoo. You can either mix it up in a bucket and sponge it on or apply like shampoo and curry comb through. As it is a bacteria/ fungus wash it will give your horse a wash similiar to washing in iodine/iovone without the disadvantages that iodine brings ie: dry coat. I find it especially good for tails/docks as while I always try to rinse it all out, if you don't manage to get it ALL out it doesn't cause itchiness like shampoos do. I NEVER use shampoo and I have prepared yearlings for all major yearling sales in australia. Saying that I have used colour enhancers/highlighters at the sales. When preparing for your show don't go mad with your coat shine, after washing a light spray on a soft dandy brush then brush your horse all over in circular motion to cover the entire hair, then brush smooth and in the direction you want the hair to lay with a body brush. Finish with a CLEAN cotton rug. You'll fing in the morning your horse will have a great shine and prob wouldn't need to reapply. Heavy oily coats look terrible. Don't put coat shine in the tail until right before the show as there is nothing worse than a heavy oily tail.
    02-08-2007, 12:08 AM
[quote="ozziemate"]A healthy coat comes from having a healthy horse inside and out. I would reccomend ensuring your worming programme is up to date..... second I would add a high fat/energy content feed. A few suitable feeds are soyabean meal, linseed (prepared correctly), maize or sunflower seeds.

That was a great post. I had forgotten to mention black oil sunflower seeds. Mine love them - everyone gets a cup a day, whether they need it or not. :P
I agree about the shampoos...most often I just use water with a good spray jet. The jets stimulate the coat, lift the hairs and remove the dirt and debris from the skin. Some of mine like a stronger spray than others, I just had to experiment with each horse to find out their preference. Like you said though, if the horse is not healthy, the coat isn't going to be healthy and precious little it going to improve on it.
    02-08-2007, 12:09 AM
Originally Posted by oOJESSOo
adding a bit of pig oil into the last rinse when you bath your horse gives it a really good shine
I have never heard of pig oil. What on earth is it and where do you get it?
    02-08-2007, 05:16 PM
Good ole fashioned show sheen works pretty well. If applied after grooming it makes your horses coat shiny and SUPER soft! Just don't spray the part where the saddle goes because while it makes your horses coat shiny and soft, it also makes it quite slippery. My friend learned that the hard way.
    02-12-2007, 06:58 PM
I also use flaxseed. Buy it pre-milled and store it in a cool/cold place. Since my grain bin is cold this time of year, I just put the box in there. She gets a few teaspoons in her morning grain. Once I began using it, it didn't take long for her to shine up, even in a winter coat. It's also good for their hooves.
    02-13-2007, 06:24 AM
I agree, linseed oil is great. I also used to add it to my calf milk when I was showing calves in hand.
Another goody is Rice Bran oil, great stuff. I give my mares Mitavite Broodmare mix as its higher in fats with Dolamite, garlic and Rice Bran Oil. Nothing like a great shiny coat! Heres a pic of one of my mares, she shiny as all the time

    02-17-2007, 02:34 PM
Try Listerine. As in the mouth wash. You can dilute it with some horse shampoo and it works splendidly. I'd recomend citrus flavoured, unless you want a mint-scented horse. (I saw this at a clinic one time.)

As far as shampoo I'd use Mane n Tail. (You can use it for your own coat too!) They sell it at Tractor Supply Co. As well as Wal*Mart. If you live in an area with a large Spanish-speaking population grab the bottled labled in Spanish. Believe it or not it's cheaper (it could've been a fluke, but I did get it cheaper one time).

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