i can not get a soft and shiny coat out of my mare. its like petting fine hay i have tried giving her more bathes and grooming more often to try to loosen it up but it doesn't work. her main and tail are the same way but i use main n tail detangler and it works pretty good for while.
What do you feed her?
Her mane and tail are always going to feel coarser than her body hair.
As for her coat, a couple of things to consider:
1. Are you feeding the manufacturers recommending feeding amount by weight? The nutrient balance of a complete feed is only truly effective if fed in the appropriate amount.
2. Are you feeding with grass hay or alfalfa? The Blue Seal (this is what I'm assuming is the brand name of the feed, although it appears the name has changed to Sentinel Senior) website says this feed is meant to be fed with a grass hay base.
3. Between the senior feed and your hay/pasture, the diet may still be deficient in something, so testing the hay/pasture, or getting a blood test done to determine if there is a deficiency may help.
4. If you like how your horse is doing otherwise, an addition of flaxseed to the horses ration may help.
5. ETA, one last thing, some horses may just have a coarser feeling coat than others, just like some humans have coarse hair, while others have fine hair.
I wouldn't wash it to much because that washes away the oils that are in the hair originally. I use Show sheen and it works awesome! Otherwise daily brushing ( Not bathing) is time consuming yes, but will help in the long run. You can also feed her some oils. I know its not good for them but the coat needs to be helped from the inside out. Me and my friend feed our horses Canola oil and we have never had any coat issues. But like Kenda said, it could just be your horse. :)
I agree with Kenda and MAG.
That said, I adore Healthy HairCare Hair Moisturizer and started using it on my personal and training horses back in the 90's. My current 2 year old was covered in dandruff and constantly rubbed his mane & tail when I got him, but he stays soft, shiny and itch free when I use this moisturizer a few times a week after grooming.
It's a little more spendy, but my gelding is on Seabuck..It's a liquid supplement that makes their coat look AMAZING...along with regulating pH to help with ulcers. (I use it for the ulcers, but the coat quality is a bonus!) It runs about $70 for a gallon, which lasts about 2 months, and has all sorts of health benefits.
I use German handmade brushes on my pony which are natural and really make my pony shine. I would not give many baths, as it strips oils from the coat, but when you do, I like to use the Man O' War shampoo brand which really brings out a shine. I also spray on Cowboy Magic Extreme Shine or LaserSheen to a microfiber towel and apply it after I groom. Feed your horse a balanced diet and try Smartpak's shine supplement.
A shiny coat comes from the inside out. Good nutrition (hay, grain ect) will make the outside glow. Do not give baths all the time, you are taking away all the natural oils on your horses hair that it needs to repel water.
The shiney coat isn't always from the inside. Two little gals groomed their pasture pony daily until their arms felt like they'd fall off. Ten days later we went off to a show and the pony's red coat gleamed. She was on pasture and a small oat ration.
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