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4 Myths about Shiny Horses!

There’s an old saying in the horse show world – BLOOM. This is the look of a shiny, well fed, and happy horse with a sparkle in his eye. Part looks, part personality. But there are a lot of myths about shiny horses… which we will start to debunk right now!

MYTH 1 – A shiny horse is a healthy horse. It’s true that some shiny horses are healthy horses – but not all. An overweight horse might be shiny, but he’s not healthy. His metabolism might be compromised, his joints overloaded, and he’s definitely more likely to overheat. Some unhealthy shiny horses are also that way because they are coated with products! This isn’t bad, it’s just not quite the same as a well groomed shine.

MYTH 2 – You can buff out a horse’s sweat marks to end up with shine. This would be lovely – if it was true! Sweat is basically water and electrolytes like Calcium and Magnesium and other salts, and it comes from the sweat glands. Natural oils are produced by the sebaceous glands in the skin and serve to protect the skin and hair. Sweat dries to a dull finish. You might be able to flake the sweat away, but it won’t turn to shine.

MYTH 3 – Using dish detergents and laundry detergents on your horse is safe. Any harsh detergent will actually strip your horse’s skin of his natural oils and protection – leaving a clean, but very dull finish. This creates a dry skin, which can crack, become itchy, and offer no protection. Only the mildest of horse shampoos should touch your horse – you want to maintain the shine!

MYTH 4 – All horse’s can be equally shiny. Wouldn’t that be nice! Stallions automatically produce more natural oil in their skin, making them generally shinier. Some breeds are also naturally shiny, while other hardier breeds with coarse coats are not so shiny. There’s a lot of genetics involved!

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