Originally Posted by Shropshirerosie
You may well get suggestions about feeding oil (linseed or flax of just plain vegetable) for coat shine, but the truth is that grooming is what gets a real shine.
At my livery yard there are 21 horses fed on various diets and kept for various disciplines. The horses that shine like polished brass are the ones whose owner grooms them obsessively every day with brushes that are never allowed to get dirty.
Sorry, I don't agree. No amount of grooming is going to make a malnourished, wormy horse shine. Just like no amount of hoof oil will turn terribly, cracked, crumbling hooves perfectly healthy. Grooming is simply the 'finishing touch' to a good coat. My yearling is out in the paddock and gets brushed once in a while. His coat is so shiny that he looks like rippling water!
A shiny coat comes first and foremost from good nutrition and a healthy horse. So up to date with worming, and a diet that is well balanced and appropriate for the horses age and level of work. Oils can certainly assist in promoting a healthy coat, but oil alone will no do it. It has to be fed as part of a balanced diet.