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post #21 of 27 Old 06-29-2011, 08:41 PM
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The best shampoo is a rare shampoo! I find it best if I very, very rarely shampoo my horses. Sure, when they get done they come out shiny clean and pretty, but pretty quickly I notice their coat seems a little dull. Because I don't show I probably bathe them once or twice a year unless there is any medical reason or anything like that. If they are dirty and I want them clean, I either groom them or just thoroughly hose them down. The less you can bathe, the better.

The reason for that is because shampoo strips out the natural oils from the skin and coat, and even heavy conditioners and lots of currying can't give that back. I try to use more natural shampoos as they tend to not have extra harsh chemicals. I particularly like EQ Solutions. Occasionally I will use colour specific shampoos mixed in, especially for a show. I would definitely advise a whitening shampoo on socks and stockings, letting it sit for about a few minutes before rinsing (but not too long, no blue socks!).

A lot of what I would say has already been said, though, about how a good coat comes from inside out. Be sure your horse is eating well and getting the proper nutrition. With that, supplements can also be added. Grand Coat is a nice one. I've had the best and most financially reasonable luck with adding about a teaspoon of ground flax seed in the feed. It really does make an enormous difference. I also curry the heck out of my horses, I spend hours grooming them when I can.

Between those things, people at the barn always marvel over my horses and ask me what coat shine I'm putting on them to make them glimmer like that. Fact is, I don't put a thing on 'em, I just practice what I'm preaching.
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The best shampoo is a rare shampoo! I find it best if I very, very rarely shampoo my horses. Sure, when they get done they come out shiny clean and pretty, but pretty quickly I notice their coat seems a little dull. Because I don't show I probably bathe them once or twice a year unless there is any medical reason or anything like that. If they are dirty and I want them clean, I either groom them or just thoroughly hose them down. The less you can bathe, the better.

The reason for that is because shampoo strips out the natural oils from the skin and coat, and even heavy conditioners and lots of currying can't give that back. I try to use more natural shampoos as they tend to not have extra harsh chemicals.

A lot of what I would say has already been said, though, about how a good coat comes from inside out. Be sure your horse is eating well and getting the proper nutrition. With that, supplements can also be added. Grand Coat is a nice one. I've had the best and most financially reasonable luck with adding about a teaspoon of ground flax seed in the feed. It really does make an enormous difference. I also curry the heck out of my horses, I spend hours grooming them when I can.

Between those things, people at the barn always marvel over my horses and ask me what coat shine I'm putting on them to make them glimmer like that. Fact is, I don't put a thing on 'em, I just practice what I'm preaching.

Same basic principal for me. I really like the Eqyss natural botanical shampoo. It's really nice and keeps him clean, without damaging his coat too much. I've noticed he doesn't fade as bad anymore either, since he has all those natural oils protecting the hairs. I'm on month six, being completely product free on him, and he looks tons better than when I sprayed him down with "healthy" shining and conditioning sprays. He gets one bath and lasts all through show season gleaming and looking great.
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I'm with the "don't bathe more than once or twice a year unless you absolutely HAVE to (like your horse is caked in mud and pee stains like my old gelding used to get)" group. I have NEVER given Aires a bath (granted I've only had him two months, but still) and he is SUPER shiny. In fact, I have people who are visiting the barn or who are new boarders ask me what I bathe him with to keep him so shiny. Imagine their surprise when I say that the most I do to him is brush him daily and rinse him off after I work him.

My friend, on the other hand, bathes her mare with Orvis shampoo (I think it's actually a cattle shampoo or something like that) at least once a week and can't figure out why her coat isn't really all that shiny. I keep telling her that horses are just like dogs in that they don't need baths more than once a month, if that, but she doesn't believe me (she who owns two cockers that she used to show and they only get bathed once a month). Her gelding has a shiny coat, but that's because she's only had him for a few weeks and hasn't started the bathing him once a week routine yet on him.

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My perlino shows everything but I find a good brushing gets rid of alot of dirt course he has a few stains which is a pita but I havent bathed him yet. When I do I will use my olive oil shampoo and conditioner

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have you ever heard of "healthy hair" ?? it works really good, it makes their coat shinnky and thick, you can spray it everyday on their mane, tail and coat! my sister sprays it everyday on her western pleasure show horse! (also has detangler in it) :)

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