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    03-24-2012, 12:58 AM
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    03-25-2012, 11:37 PM
I don't show anymore, but I am obsessed with grooming. I love grooming horses. Since I have always loved grooming, my horses have always had super shiny coats. My advice is to groom groom groom groom! It is relaxing and well worth it :) always go with rubber curry 1st to loosen dirt, stiff brush to wick it away, super soft brush to smooth and bring the oil from the bottom of the coat out. I also recently have been feeding my mare some vegetable oil to give her a little more fat in her diet and her coat has become quite shiny! Also for color, I don't use products. I use spices! Someone on here suggested to use paprika to bring out the color of a sorrel. I have tried it on my palomino and her summer coat is coming in pretty orange.
    03-26-2012, 12:39 PM
How much paprika do you give them? And how often?
    03-26-2012, 03:58 PM
I just discovered the benefits of conditioner I used to shampoo all the time, but never bothered with the conditioner because I was being "economically friendly" ... Not only does the conditioner add softness immediately, but if the horse DOES get dirty again soon after the dirt brushes off really nicely.

I bathed my guy for the first time since last summer (first day that was warm enough to do it) and the after-effects of Mane And Tail conditioner are amazing!

I also am a HUGE supporter of Loreal Kids Detangler... it's cheaper than the equine stuff and works well while leaving a nicer smell
    03-26-2012, 05:54 PM
Casey02 I give her about a tablespoon and a half of paprika daily with her feed. Her oil is mixed with her feed and that is mixed with water so the paprika sticks to it then. Make sure it sticks or your horse may not eat it. Introduce it a little bit at a time because it is spicy!
    03-26-2012, 07:07 PM
Thats very interesting! I havent heard that one before
    03-26-2012, 07:30 PM
Originally Posted by SimplySoft    
Whats Quik Sliver? Is it pricey? And do you have a site that could order from?

Quik Silver is a shampoo. It is designed to be used on grays and other light colored horses. You should be able to pick it up in any local tack shop or from a tack seller online.
    03-26-2012, 07:32 PM
Be careful with the Paprika if you are showing at registered shows. Even though Paprika itself isn't an issue, it will pop positive for Capsaicin (sp?) which IS illegal. Capsaicin is on the USEF banned list.
    03-26-2012, 10:08 PM
Oh! I also discovered that a barely damp soft brush removes dust wonderfully.
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