What creates a shiny horse?
A shiny horse is always nice to look at – and sunlight seems to just dance off their coats. Some of us with more “mud loving” horses know the challenge – but a few simple habits to get into will create shine on your horse.
It starts with proper nutrition! High quality hay and feeds are best. Your Veterinarian can help you determine if your horse’s nutrition plan matches his lifestyle, exercise levels, and medial needs.
It also includes proper parasite control. Intestinal parasites harm your horse’s digestive system and create a dull and lifeless hair coat.
Groom until your arms fall off! Part of grooming is bringing the natural oils on your horse’s skin to the individual hairs. The oil, called sebum, is the skin’s first layer of protection and this is the shine!
Avoid too much shampooing. While it’s so tempting to keep your horse covered in suds, frequent bathing with shampoos can lead to a dried out coat. Using a mild shampoo is also best.
Deal with mud. Lots of grooming, and use a sheet for turnout when you know a roll is in the works. You can always rinse away any residue with plain water if the weather is nice.
Remove dried sweat from your horse! Sweat is dull and dusty when it dries, so a quick few minutes on sweat marks with your grooming gloves solves this situation.
Supplement your grooming routine with shine creating sprays. These products should complement the shine, not create it. Use sparingly, especially under the saddle area, and enjoy the stain repelling help.
Remember to groom daily, and grab your sunglasses to admire the shine you create!