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post #11 of 70 Old 01-29-2012, 09:53 AM
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Good nutrition is number one. A healthy horse has a natural glow that no product can put on. Flax seed and roasted soybeans are good coat supplements.

For some extra "oomph", I love Miracle Groom. It's especially handy in the winter because it cleans and deodorizes along with making them shiny. I like to brush them first, run a soft brush all over to smooth it out, then use a towel and a light misting of Miracle groom to polish the coat. I like my horses so sleek that they shine in the dark.

^^^ Clean, shiny ponies make me a happy girl.
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post #12 of 70 Old 01-29-2012, 10:02 AM
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I wash my horse at least once a month in the summer/later spring. When I wash him I usually use Mane n' Tail mixed with a special tick shampoo. I use a sponge and lather it really good, and then I let it sit for about 1-2 minutes. Next I rinse the shampoo off, and am sure to get all of it! Then when I am done rinsing, I tie him up and brush him for about 15-30 minutes until dry. I do this so that when I let him go the chances of him rolling are lessened. If you let them go while their still wet they are more likely to roll.

I also brush and groom him everyday, even on days when I don't wash him. And sometimes whenever I ride, I hose him off afterwords and am sure to get all the sweat removed from his coat. And remember that if it is hot out, or your horse has been worked that you always want to start with their legs.

I spend a lot of time grooming, but it pays off. Everywhere I go I get comments on how shiny he is!

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post #13 of 70 Old 01-29-2012, 10:19 AM
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Lots of grooming and in the summer i will only bathe my horse about once or twice a month and when i do bathe him i use pantene and it makes him really shiny for show season!
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post #14 of 70 Old 01-29-2012, 04:14 PM
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I am not a fanatical groomer. I usually just make sure they are clean where the saddle/girth go.

But one of my horses is an easy keeper and the other can use a few extra calories. I was giving the one that needs calories a drizzle of vegetable oil over her grain and wow, her coat is very shiny, even in winter! So I started doing that with the easy keeper too because his coat is dull in comparison. I am hoping that when he sheds he will shine like she does.

PS. They get a bath once a year if they are lucky!
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post #15 of 70 Old 01-30-2012, 06:10 PM
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Here is Casey! The second photo shows how thin her coat gets in summer!

I LOVE rice bran, thats what adds a lot of the shine, as well as hour longs groomings almost every day. And... She is just amazing with her white colorings, I don't know how they stay this clean (only in summer).
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post #16 of 70 Old 01-30-2012, 06:20 PM
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My ponies get free range over food in the summer, and only groomed before and after being rode. They've only been hosed down, I don't do baths.

Even my light dun gets shiny!

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post #17 of 70 Old 01-30-2012, 06:59 PM
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I agree with everybody about good nutrietion and i also use a supplement called Grand Coat the first ingredient is flax seed and it works wonders
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post #18 of 70 Old 01-30-2012, 11:12 PM
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Ok, how do you use the cocnut oil. I do not understand what you would use it for when you groom a horse.
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post #19 of 70 Old 02-03-2012, 11:51 AM
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You can also bathe with just a cheap human conditioner, like suave or white rain, rather than using soap or shampoo. The reason being, even conditioner has a bit of surfectant in it, which is what lifts the dirt. Just rub it in really well and let it sit for a little bit before rinsing.
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post #20 of 70 Old 02-03-2012, 12:43 PM
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I typically bathe about once a month in the summer with Mane and Tail, also I hose him off after a sweaty ride. When we were showing I would put a little corn oil and a little apple cider vinegar in his feed, the combination had him shed out and suuuper shiny for the first show! This is after he's been rolling and he still gleams
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