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post #11 of 39 Old 05-11-2010, 01:48 PM
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flax seed

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post #12 of 39 Old 05-11-2010, 02:09 PM
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It is definantly all diet related. My horse was as dull as they get and once we changed his feed...he shines like a mirror. We switched from regular sweetfeed to a pelleted low starch, high fat feed. Here he is pretty dirty still
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post #13 of 39 Old 05-11-2010, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
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I do use canola oil. I don't measure it...put a good splash in it as well. I also give her some sweet feed..i had some LMF that you feed only 1 lb a day but she coliced and I'm scared to put her on it again. It's like $25 a bag. I give her alfalfa and she is eating some grass but need to build her up slowly.
I even have a shine block that I use. She doesn't shed very much. She is prone to sunburn as well so I have to sunblock on her face.

Here is a picture of her in her blanket and another one when she wasn't shedding what hair she had.


The last one she had a bath and this is pretty much what she looks like but she has lost some weight...she had a fat neck as you can see.
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post #14 of 39 Old 05-11-2010, 05:14 PM
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All i use is flax seed

1st one is last year

2nd one is this year in April
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post #15 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 08:04 AM
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Get your horse to shine without chemicals

I used to use chemical sprays to make my horse shine. After this, his coat dulled more and more and I needed to shampoo him more and more. It was a vicious cycle. Then I met someone who never shampoos his horse and shows in a regular basis. His black mare was shiny and beautiful. He also did not use any sprays.
Here's what he told me and that's what I do ever since:
-curry all over with rubber curry to bring up dirt
-use 'flicking' brush to bring up dirt from the skin to the top of the hair and distribute oils (that's where the shine comes from)
-use coat brush to brush off the dirt that you brought up with the flicking brush, clean the face with it
-use a soft brush all over the horse to remove fine dust
-use a cloth diaper or car wash mitten (lamb skin) to get the horse to really shine

The most important thing: you can't get these results with synthetic brushes. As long as you use synthetic brushes, you need to use these chemical sprays and shampoo a lot.

Use good natural horse grooming brushes. I've been very happy with the results and my horse looks great.

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post #16 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 11:08 AM
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It's hard to make a white coat shiny, mostly because there are more hairs in the white portion of the coat, so it doesn't lay down as neatly as the colored part. I would agree with the diet suggestions. There are many things you can use, but I would add rice bran or wheat germ oil. There are many commercial products, such as Nu-Image or the color enhancers made by Cheval International. These work very well, but would probably cost more than some other things.
The only other thing I could recommend is daily grooming (twice a day is better) if you really want a shine. Nothing beats elbow grease.
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post #17 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by sarahver View Post
It's almost 100% diet related.
Hmm. I have to disagree. Or you have to explain why all 30 some horses at our barn do not shine the same.

Some hair is more coarse and dense. It simply cannot transfer the light back the way a more smooth folicile can.
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post #18 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 03:18 PM
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Also, besides diet and coat types, I have found a lot of horses with duller coats contributing to poor circulation and tight muscles. Whenever I bring in a horse for physical rehab, their diet doesn't have to change to have their coat shine up nicely as muscles loosen and stretch. I also do not groom as often as some of the owners that bring them in. Grooming is important, but the best way to a shiny coat is from the inside out, and not just what you put into the body, but how you put the body to use.
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post #19 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 03:54 PM
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I mix about 1/8 of a cup of soybean oil in with each of my horses feed once a day to help their coat quality (it also helps to keep the powder supplements from blowing away).

My pinto arab Patches doesn't get very shiney either--the oil helps a bit, especially on his non-white areas. Nothing can beat a good, hard, daily rubber curry session though.
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post #20 of 39 Old 05-12-2010, 05:25 PM
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Agree with Flitterbug

Increase the horses circulation by using a rubber massage curry (never plastic or metal, imo) and do bodywork with your horse as much as possible.

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