How to get a shinny coat?
I know that there are supplements to do this but does anyone have any "home remedies" that you suggest?
One handful of ground flax seed a day. You'll start seeing results in just a couple weeks, and it's REALLY cheap.
Black Oil Sunflower Seeds work well. My horse gets a couple handfuls a day and he stays quite shiny.
After giving a bath/shampoo, I rinse with vinegar. It makes a coat gleam! Of course, a light colored horse won't look quite as shiny as a dark colored horse, but I think Java gleams!
Lots of currying and proper grooming is the best way to make your horses cost shiny and healthy. If you want to feed him something I have also heard good things about corn oil.
Good quality feed a hay and proper grooming is important. As Irishrider said currying is really good. Here are two pictures of the horse I ride: 1) from Feburary when I first started riding him and shortly after he moved to a new barn and 2) recent. All that changed was his quality feed and I curry him and groom him 4 times a week. He is on no supplements at all.
I use flax seed and I have heard corn oil works too. I had to give my horse corn oil when he was trying to get some weight on him and he didn't like the way it tasted. LEFT his grain - if you can imagine that. Grooming too - like everyone said.
We do the flax seed and they are shiny-well except the leopard spot but my bays are!!
I know its not a supplement, but I have been very impressed with Shapley's Hi-Shine shampoo. I got a free bottle with some MTG and it really leaves a nice shine with just a shampooing.
To everyone else...Where do you get the bulk flax seed in enough quantities to feed a horse? I don't think I have ever seen it at the feed stores.
Don't go wasting money on supplements, I promise you. Put a few tablespoons of corn oil that you get from your grocery store. its only about five bucks. and over time it'll make your horses coat shine!
I've used it everyday in the winter, and now, my horse is the darkest bay, almost black and shines!
I know some horses do mind the oil in their feed. But just try a little bit at a time. Maybe just a few drops of it, and see if your horse notices it. My TB doesnt mind it at all.
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