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post #11 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 10:22 AM
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I don't like anything metal personally for body, manes or tails. Too easy to damage the hair. I LOVE slick & easy blocks, but hated the price until I had a chef friend visit and he asked why I was using a grill cleaner on my horses. I thought he was nuts but it turns out they are the same thing restaurants use to clean grill grates. I now get them at a food supply place and it's a big block about 10 in long and same dimensions around as the "slick & easy" that is marketed to horse people. I get 10 blocks out of one and it costs about 2 bucks for the whole lot! Now when they get gunked up with dirt I just rasp the sides and have a new block until I shave it down to a tiny square, then my 5 yr old daughter uses them because they fit right in her hand :)

Jdw - he is 12.5% protein and gx is 14% protein

I have several most would consider seniors (22,23 & 29), but they get the GX as well. I do add a bit of beet pulp & wheat germ oil to theirs during winter months but that's the only difference. My take on seniors - age doesn't make a senior horse. Body condition, teeth, joints and overall care they have received during their lifetime determines seniors for me. Our 29 yr old, other than a bit of a sway back starting & a slightly cresty neck (he's a stud, so to be expected) you wouldn't have a clue how old he was by just being around him.

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post #12 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 10:29 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I'll look into getting a block "grill cleaner" Do you have any other tips for a shiny coat??
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post #13 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 10:42 AM
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Lots of elbow grease :) Vigorous grooming brings their natural oils to surface and it also helps surface tone of their muscles. I also use the shop vac on mine with a rubber grooming attachment from an old sweeper that belonged to a dog groomer. They turn into big gooey eyed beggers when I get it out.

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post #14 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 12:23 PM
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I feed the strategy healthy edge because of it's higher fat content which is what my horse needed to put weight on. His coat is shiny (no matter what time of year) and he's happy without being overly hot (which he was on the regular strategy).
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post #15 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks every one! Sounds like my feed isn't the problem... De-worming and LOTS of grooming!!lol If I tried to vacuum my horse. She'd probably think I've gone nuts!.lol. She doesn't mind lots of things,but I think a vacuum may be pushing it.

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post #16 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 01:50 PM
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I'm pretty sure I'm certifiably insane in my horses's opinions :) They get exposed to lots of horse eating monsters, mainly at the hands of a 5 yr old girl (it's not unusual to see the herd walking along behind the alpha in the power wheels mustang) so the shop vac is just another "eh, whatever".

Be sure to post pics of her all nice and shiny for us after she loses her winter fuzzies!

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post #17 of 17 Old 04-06-2011, 03:25 PM Thread Starter
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I will...It may be a while though.lol little kids are good for desentizing horses.lol my daughter who is 3 loves to "scare" the horses, she had out her popgun, her Big ride in fire truck with a siren!lol they get scared at first then its no big deal.
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