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    04-04-2012, 04:04 AM
  #1
Foal
Smile Shine a grey coat?

I have a beautiful filly. She is dapple grey but turning lighter. Its so hard to shine a grey coat and in a show when she's next to all the shiny bays its hard to make her stand out (coat wise). Any tips on making a grey coat look as good as possible??

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    04-04-2012, 03:42 PM
  #2
Trained
I'm just interested in the answers - so "joining" the thread. I have always wanted a dapple grey, or alternatively a "silver grey creme" grulla...so, to me...the bays can glow if they want, the grey is going to get noticed first!
     
    04-04-2012, 03:58 PM
  #3
Foal
Quic Silver is your new best friend.

I showed a beautiful dapple (and then flea-bitten, silly mare) gray Arabian for five years when I was younger. I still have nightmares about getting to a show and finding a grass or manure stain on her side -shudder-

Anyway, like I said, go buy as many gallons of Quic Silver as you can afford. Make sure you follow the directions very closely though because if you leave it on too long you'll have a dapple purple horse LOL. Mane N' Tail can really help shine up a coat of any color, grays included.

Cowboy Magic has a really good stain remover for gray horses or paints that like to get messy, I would invest in some of that as well. There are many other products you can find at your local tack store (or online at Dover) that are specifically to add 'shine' to your horse's coat. Just remember not to use them under your tack because they can be kinda slippery, haha.

There was a boarder with a big dapple gray at my old barn who had a grooming glove/mitt made of sheepskin that she used to shine up his coat after she finished grooming him. I don't know where you would find one. Dover maybe?

Other than that....lots and lots of elbow grease! Bathe the night before the show and then sheet/blanket/wrap/sleezie/whatever you need to do to keep her clean. Good luck :)
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    04-04-2012, 04:13 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Nevreme    
Quic Silver is your new best friend.

I showed a beautiful dapple (and then flea-bitten, silly mare) gray Arabian for five years when I was younger. I still have nightmares about getting to a show and finding a grass or manure stain on her side -shudder-

Anyway, like I said, go buy as many gallons of Quic Silver as you can afford. Make sure you follow the directions very closely though because if you leave it on too long you'll have a dapple purple horse LOL. Mane N' Tail can really help shine up a coat of any color, grays included.

Cowboy Magic has a really good stain remover for gray horses or paints that like to get messy, I would invest in some of that as well. There are many other products you can find at your local tack store (or online at Dover) that are specifically to add 'shine' to your horse's coat. Just remember not to use them under your tack because they can be kinda slippery, haha.

There was a boarder with a big dapple gray at my old barn who had a grooming glove/mitt made of sheepskin that she used to shine up his coat after she finished grooming him. I don't know where you would find one. Dover maybe?

Other than that....lots and lots of elbow grease! Bathe the night before the show and then sheet/blanket/wrap/sleezie/whatever you need to do to keep her clean. Good luck :)
Wow thanks very much for the info. I'll try to shine her as best as I can this summer and show those bays LOL. Thanks
     
    04-04-2012, 05:51 PM
  #5
Weanling
Look at your feed program. I don't use any "shine" sprays on my dapple grey and he looks just as good as the other colors at shows.
     
    04-04-2012, 08:23 PM
  #6
Weanling
I have tried a lot of different shine supplements, but I think I am seeing the best results on my gray this year with Triple Crown feed and Smart Omega from Smart Paks. I am also using a new spray called Wahna Win. I'm not sure that it makes my horses shiny, but it does make them soft and sleek.
     
    04-04-2012, 08:37 PM
  #7
Banned
I don't believe that a good coat comes from grooming products, it comes from what they eat. High fat, or oil products give a shine when they eat it.
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    04-04-2012, 09:20 PM
  #8
Foal
Some of the shampoos have a corrosive ingredient such as salt as a solvent and it can damage the coats shine by taking away the coat's natural oils. I tried commerical products for a long time but what I have found best to work to creat a shiney coat is mayonnaise. Let me explain :)
After cleaning the horse rub mayonnaise all over it's body. Let it sit for 20 or so minutes. It is like a hot oil treatment for humans' hair. Then you rinse well and tada a lustrious coat.
Hope this helps.
     
    04-04-2012, 09:21 PM
  #9
Foal
You also may want to add some grounded flax seed to their feeding regiment.
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    04-04-2012, 09:31 PM
  #10
Foal
Oh yeah, flax seed does wonders. At the time I was riding the gray I had no say over feed (not my horse), nor did I even know what she ate. Grooming products was all I had to work with, so that's what I remember when I thought specifically about grays :)
     

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