(Ignore miss grumpy butt, she hates baths LOL)
I personally love to have a shiny horse when I got trail riding- mostly because I go out with friends and it's nice to really make my little bay "stand out" against their paints and beautiful Qh's
The above picture was after the bath, the last one was a picture taken after Indie had dried (on a different day).
I feed a cup of corn/vegetable oil every day... it works for Indie, but her fur just gets an extra kick of shine during the summer when the coat is short. I bathe probably once a week; a lot of people are against that but it's what has worked for us in the past. Another factor is that she is on green grass 6 hours a day, which serves as her breakfast and lunch, and then just good ol grass hay during the evening.
Now as for her grooming; I like to use the shampoo that comes from the dollar store, the really big bottle
I dump it out until it's only 1/3 full, and fill it back up with water and mix it up. You then get a "foam" sort of shampoo. Spray that all over and scrub the horse, rinse and repeat. You use less shampoo, but get better results. I ALWAYS condition, same stuff from the dollar store (sometimes from my moms bathroom if I can sneak it
nothing like Herbal Essence for the mane.
). I make sure the mane and tail is soaked really well in the conditioner, and usually wait 15 minutes before I rinse it back out (sometimes wetting the hair so that the conditioner doesn't dry).
After all this, this is what she looks like on any given day;
But if you want the pazazz that was in the first two pictures, I got that by putting a tiny dime size of baby oil on a soft face brush, and massaged it into the hair. Not a whole lot, you don't want it to be greasy, but just enough there was an extra kick to the shine. Really gotta experiment with the amount of baby oil you use, one time I used too much and her mane was a greasy mess
So start small and work your way into it, you don't want to be able to feel the baby oil in the hair, just enough to give a glisten.
Hope that helps :-D