My horse always looks a little dull. Mostly in the winter but even in the summer he doesn't shine like my other horses. Also he has a really nice, thick tail but his mane is short and thin. Flax seed is supposed to help with this isn't it? How much and how should I feed it to him? Also are there any shampoos/soap that would make his coat shinier?
I give my horse about a tablespoon or two daily of whole flaxseed and he shines from a mile away! I'm very busy running my farm and don't have time to groom him on a regular basis, but he sure shines like I groom him daily and always looks like I've coated him with showsheen or shine spray.
My horse is a RMH, who are known for thick flowing manes, but my boy's mane was sparse and thin when I first bought him over a year ago.
Now that he has been on a proper and nutritious diet with the addition os flaxseed... his mane has gotten longer and thicker.
His already thick tail is now longer and super shiny.
The picture below doesn't even begin to show how shiny he is in person, and he hadn't been groomed in a long time.
Right now he is shedding out his winter fuzzies and everywhere the fuzz is gone, he already as shiny as a new penny.
Thick manes and nice coats come from good genetics and good feed. Not all horses will carry the genetics for a nice thick mane and tail. Also getting a coat to shine takes time. It comes from the inside out.
At the show barn my stallion lives at the horses get a hand full of ground flax seed with their feed in the evening. It seems to help a lot. Also my stallion has a frizzy type mane and before I got him he was brushed by the hired help mostly. As a result his main was thin on the ends and broken off (from rough quick BRUSHING WITH the wrong brush I think). Now I keep it braided and I'm very careful not to pull when I comb it out. And it's growing in thick and gorgeous.