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post #1 of 81 Old 05-12-2011, 06:26 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tips to Make This Guy Shiny

So I spent the better part of 3 hours brushing and show sheening and removing the loose winter hair... and while I'm still waiting on the rest of his winter coat to fall out, I'm wondering if anyone has any tips to really bring out the glow in his coat?



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post #2 of 81 Old 05-12-2011, 06:35 PM
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some people use a bit of pig oil and spunge it on. But if your looking to make him look beter he really needs his front toes cut. They are way to long. I just went through that woth my mare, she is moveing a lot beter now.

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post #3 of 81 Old 05-12-2011, 06:41 PM
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oh and the best way to get shine is from the inside out! A good feed and maybe some kind of oil or flax.

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A tablespoon of cold pressed flax seed oil every day, or a half cup of freshly ground whole seed.
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he really needs his front toes cut. They are way to long. I just went through that woth my mare, she is moveing a lot beter now.

Ya I know, the farrier is taking him down by degrees... he's an ex-racehorse and is super low in the heel, so the farrier has him on a 8-week program where he takes him back a little each time so that he maintains soundness.

*** thanks for the suggestions :)

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Ya I know, the farrier is taking him down by degrees... he's an ex-racehorse and is super low in the heel, so the farrier has him on a 8-week program where he takes him back a little each time so that he maintains soundness.

*** thanks for the suggestions :)
I'm glad that you are aware of it and are doing the right thing to fix it!

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Add one of the many coat-shine products to his feed, or just make sure he has a balanced diet, and groom groom groom! Curry EVERY day, or as often as you can. Follow up with a medium/hard brush and then a finishing brush :) I've never had a horse that didn't respond to elbow grease!
When it's warm out a good shampoo that conditions as well can work wonders for a summer coat too.
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post #8 of 81 Old 05-12-2011, 07:22 PM
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When was the last time he was wormed? You might also consider either worming him again with a different wormer or having a fecal done. The appearance of his coat coupled with the pot belly tells me that he may be wormy. That could also cause his winter coat to hang on and his spring coat to be a bit dull and dead looking.

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^ I agree with smrobs, he looks wormy to me, which would definitely be making him lack luster.
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post #10 of 81 Old 05-12-2011, 07:47 PM Thread Starter
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He was wormed mid-April, so I'm not sure if it would be too soon to go at him again with a new dewormer, and most of the horses still have lingering winter coats in the field, so I'm not horribly worried about the winter coat yet.

Again, thanks for the tips guys :)

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