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    05-12-2010, 09:07 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by mls    
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.
And that is why I said ALMOST 100%, which you quoted, so I assume you read it.
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    05-12-2010, 09:35 PM
I'm a firm believer in flax seed. I buy it at the local health food store and give them about 2/3 cup a day along with their Strategy pellets and all the bermuda/orchard hay they can eat. My leopard spot is not shiny except his mane and tail, but my other two are looking really good :)
    05-12-2010, 10:49 PM
I feed my horse Copra (watered) and he hasn't been shampooed in over 12 months!

    05-12-2010, 11:20 PM
Green Broke
I heard it's better not to shampoo them. I did give my horse a bath. She had oil all over her since the vet pumped oil into her cause impaction colic. It was VERY messy so a bath was needed IMO.
She can't have grain any longer...I do give her a small amount of rice bran though with her probiotics and the canola oil..of course I wet it down. I thought about getting ultra guard vitamins...is there any other vitamins people recommend? Oh and she also has a salt block and I give her a good dash of salt in her bran to make sure she is getting the salt she needs.

I worry about sunburn also....do fly sheets really help? The mesh looking ones.
    05-13-2010, 02:18 AM
Shampooing your horse should be fine, unless your horse has a skin issue. In any case, choose a shampoo that does not strip the oil from the hair. I have used EQ Solutions, Mane & Tail, the Cowboy Magic shampoo, Clear Choice, various Quic branded shampoos, and various whitening shampoos. My favorite is a Healthy Haircare shampoo, and I love their conditioner. If you don't wash too often, there shouldn't be any issue. If your horse does have a skin condition, you should figure out what it is and choose products accordingly.

As far as sunburn, are you worried about sun damage to the hair or the skin?
    05-13-2010, 02:44 AM
Flax seed is good but it's better to get it pre-ground because they might not chew it well enough to get all the benefits from the full seeds. This was advice I'm passing along from the fabulous feed-store!

I love Mane and Tail!
    05-13-2010, 02:50 AM

The absolute BEST product for a shiny horse is the "slick grooming block." I order my online, but I've seen them at the feed store, they cost around $2 and look just like a pumice stone. Work great for short haired dogs too!! :)

** Also, try supplementing rice bran. We used to use the brand name product call "Sho Glo" about a month before shows for a great shine, but you can buy generic rice bran for a lot less $.
    05-13-2010, 02:55 AM
Green Broke
As far as sunburn, are you worried about sun damage to the hair or the skin?[/QUOTE]

I am worried about sun damage. I put sunblock on her face and a fly mask. Not too worried about the hair bleaching..i prefer it not too but I rather have that than a sunburned horse. The vet said she will be prone to cancer...especially around the eye.
    05-13-2010, 03:21 AM
The fly mask does help shade the face. If there is any way you can, I would suggest keeping her inside during the day, or some place that is completely shaded. Another thing you can try is spraying sunscreen on her and brushing it in. It protects the hair, and if you brush in thoroughly, it also protects the skin. The kind I use is Quic Screen. It lasts a few days as long as the horse is not washed/rinsed/exposed to a long rain.

Fly sheets help protect from sun damage. Here is just one example
Amigo Mio Fly Sheet - Dover Saddlery.
If you want to be sure that a fly sheet gives enough sun protection, look for one that lists UV protection as one of the product features.

Hope this helps
    05-17-2010, 02:17 PM
Show Sheen. Give her a bath with some nice brightening shampoo and scrub, then condition everything visible. When she's dry, spray her down with the sheen.

But be careful, it'll make her coat real slippery. Don't spray it on the saddle area. Actually, if you're going to ride I would spray it on a brush and apply it AFTER the horse is saddled.

You could also try putting Super 14 in her feed. It'll shine him up in a hurry.

And as for the sunburn, I get some of that Banana Boat sunscreen that is used on children, ya know, the baby stuff? I rub that on Jester's face twice a day, morning and late afternoon. I have a schedule for my white-face horses. Once at 7:00 in the morning, and then again at 4:00 in the afternoon for Jester and Gringo. They are both very sensitive in the nose and eye area. And maybe get her a full-face fly mask. I have two that go over the nose and ears for those two.

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