Gaining shine, not weight

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  • Faster Than a Vette Original Poster Faster Than a Vette
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    I want to give my horse something to make his coat shiny (like fat) but he’s already a little on the chunky-monkey side and I don’t want him to gain any more weight. Any suggestions?

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    A good diet? A horse that is not shiny is probably missing some vitamins/minerals.

    I do not know of anything to help with “shine” that will not add calories. You could try a 1/2 cup of whole flax, but again, there are calories in it.

    Sundance Acres
    home to 6 overly spoiled, fat, shiny, adorable horses, and 4 cute barn kitties

    FadingTwilight FadingTwilight
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    It all starts with a good diet. What are you feeding? You may be able to make adjustments there that would help. You can also try a supplement. Smartpak has the ultra shine one that I used to use for a while and really liked. My guy was on a great diet, but just wasn’t shiny like I wanted.

    Ultimately it all goes back to a good diet though. You have to set their body up for the right answer.


    analise analise
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    I don’t know…my guy is pretty shiny and he’s just out on pasture (he gets some alfalfa pellets and a touch of Strategy for flavor. Plus in the morning he gets the “Joint Combo Hoof & Coat” supplement (it’s on SmartPak but I just buy mine in a tub from Tractor Supply when I need it since its on the way to the farm) which includes biotin, among other things, and I figure helps with his coat.

    But basically…like the other replies say, you may need to figure out if he’s missing something important in his diet. And if you add some oil or fat, maybe cut back on other feed so you’re not just adding calories.

    It may also simply be that he needs a good grooming routine (I have no idea what yours is, I’m just tossing it out there). I wouldn’t necessarily bathe more often or something like that (soap strips hair after all, which is why conditioner tends to be important for people hair too) but a good currying done frequently can do wonders.

    pheets pheets
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    Proper diet, rubber curry daily, regular exercise, NOT a lot of shampoo baths (hosing off sweat without a bath is better), naturally occurring elbow grease : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    MareMother MareMother
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    I put my girls on fish oil as a source of omega-3s and they shedded out like shiny pennies this spring. There are (obviously) calories in it, but it isn’t as bad as you would think. I gave my 900lb mare two 1 oz squirts a day. The calories in 2 oz is about equivalent to 1/4 scoop of oats. She’s an easy keeper too and only gets enough feed to hold her supplements!

    PiaffeNPassage PiaffeNPassage
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    Add a cup of whole flax!

    Owned by Imperious 1997 ArabXFriesian Gelding

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    Flax seed! Grind about 1 – 2 cups in a blender just enough to break up the seeds and add it to their daily grain ration. You’ll see amazing results. I use flax seed whenever I want that showroom shine. 🙂 You can feed it without grinding but I have found I get faster results if I grind it first.

    Ride to live, live to ride!

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    I use gleam & gain because my two need to be chunky & they work hard enough so they don’t just gain fat. Otherwise, definitely use flax! Flax oil or flaxseed ground in a pill grinder works!

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