How do you keep your horses coat shiny?

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  • chloe.45 Original Poster
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    I have tried many things and can’t seem to keep my white horses coat looking nice clean and shiny! Does anyone have any recommendations on how to keep a coat nice, shiny, sleek and clean?

    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    I do not currently have a horse with a lot of white, but daily and thorough grooming plus good nutrition are the best things for any horse.

    It is never the horse's fault

    Mapale Mapale
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    I can recommend SmartOmega3 supplement – I have bay horses but they glisten even though they are wooly and like to roll in the mud. As Joe-Joe says, there is no substitute for grooming – bringing the oils from the skin into the hair follicle makes the coat shine. I also apply spray Show Sheen to keep the dirt off – just don’t spray the saddle area or your saddle might slip. A friend recently recommended baby oil for the mane and tail – this works well to detangle also – but is great at bringing out the shine. There are spot cleaning products to restore whites, you might try one of those for the tough spots such as grass or clay stains.

    Here’s a photo of the wooly duo – two days out from a grooming – still shiny.


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    Joe-Joe Joe-Joe
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    BAck in the olden days (very olden) we used bluing (found in the laundry aisle) for white horses or markings. Haven’t seen it in years, but it did the job when used the day before a show.

    As Mapale says, your horse can actually glitter – my boy looks like he was dusted by the fairies when the sun shines (which is becoming a rare event).

    Mapale – love your quote! Even if you could make him participate, you cannot make him enjoy it!

    It is never the horse's fault

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    Grooming is the best answer! It takes elbow grease but it brings the natural oils out. My gelding is glistening even when the sun isn’t shining! If your looking for a healthy mane and tail apply Cowboy Magic Detangler once a month (or as needed) and brush it gently daily to keep the shine and spread the oils.

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    If you are showing – keep your horses body clipped, tails wrapped up and blanketed (or scrim sheet in summer). Greys/whites benefit from being body clipped year-round (unless they have a very thin short summer coat). Vetrolin White N Brite Shampoo is great (just don’t shampoo too often, it can make the coat dull). Sweating also helps bring the shine back in the coat if you have them clipped. Make sure they are getting enough vitamins, also there are some supplements like Nu-image if you are in a rush (make sure all the ingredients are legal if you showing). Oil in the feed can help for shine too. Personally, I would recommend clipping as a first option if possible (for a grey/white horse). If you can afford a vacuum (like Rapid Groom Vacuum) they are great for getting the dust off, and my horses love it (even the yearlings/2yr olds).

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    I have a white horse that loves to wallow in the mud & hates being bathed. I use White as Snow supplement from Cheval International, it helps his skin & hair be more supple which helps with less staining & easier washing. I used to use White n Brite shampoo but found it dried out his skin & made his hair brittle. I’ve also used Quik Silver, Cowboy Magic & everything else made for white horses. I now use Equifuse products with very good results. My horse stays cleaner longer with less staining which means less bathing. Trust me this is a big plus, giving a 17.3 hand horse a bath when he doesnt like it, when you are 5’2, is no fun!

    I show. So at shows keeping the stall picked is very important, my horse rolls & lays down to rest quite a bit. I find with the Equifuse products most spots can be eliminated with a damp rag, those that can’t just use a little of the shampoo on a wet rag and rinse. I use a turnout sheet temp permitting.

    I also blanket him all winter, use a neck cover & tail bag. I use sheets in warmer weather especially when rain is forecast. I use the tail bag year round. I use a no fill neck cover spring & fall, temp permitting. My horse gets cold and does not get a heavy coat, so I rarely clip in the winter.

    For really ground in stains, I mix baking soda with the Equifuse paste & a little water. Apply the mixture to the stain & let set for 10 to 20 mins. I may have to do more than once especially on his hocks & fetlocks.

    I hope this helps. This works for me.

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    What I used to use with my horses is after I washed them I would fill a spray bottle with water and 2 tbs of baby oil and spray as I brushed. I had a very hairy black pony that loved to roll around in the mud. But after using the spray for a while all I would do is rinse him off and he would be super sleek and shiny.

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    hi, i have a grey hanovarian and a grey welsh pony, that also seem to like to roll till they look like truffles coated in cocoa powder and the find some poo for a dash of green! grooming is the first line of defeence after great nutrition. i use regular shampoo and conditioner like up and up from target, that way it is easy to get what is right for the season, dry coat what ever. just dont get apple flavor unless you want some funny picturres of their pasture buddies trying to figure out what smellls so good. between shampoo and rinse you can do a full hydrogen peroxide rinse on tails and a dilution for their body to remove stains. and yes we use blueing too, just be careful once as a young junior i had a horse with a “old lady blue ” tail at a dresssage final. was really pretty funny. you can still get ‘mrs. stewarts laundry blueing’ at amazon.

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    In addition to what everyone else is recommending (yes…just curry the snot out of them already;)) I would also just say that grey is the hardest coat color to get a “shine” on for some reason…the darker colors do tend to just sparkle, and with greys I think the hair just doesn’t reflect light in the same way, so the best you can go for is cleanliness. I have always had good results with Orvus paste shampoo, and Corona concentrated shampoo is also great. Both are concentrated, so you can mix up whatever dilution you need, and that keeps the price down. I recently attended a winter clinic in GA, and there was a spotless white pony there! His owners said that, in addition to keeping him blanketed and not much turnout, picking stall often, they do dry shampoo on stains, then rinse off with warm water. Also dry shampoo or orvus mixed with oxy-clean in the tail and rinse. They recommended MINIMAL use of blueing or blueing-based shampoos such as Quicksilver because they dye the stain instead of removing it. The trick is an enzyme-based cleanser that will “eat” the stains and actually get rid of them…but yes, if you horse can tolerate it, blankets, tail bags, etc helps a lot!

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    I love the Ez-All Green wash. It is so easy to use, and leaves their coats soft and shiny. It is gently enough to use frequently without stripping oils from their hair. After a few uses, you will notice that your horse’s light colored coat does not stain as easily, and new stains wash off cleaner. It is a must have for anyone with a paint or a grey!

    pheets pheets
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    Rubber/gel curry. Daily : )

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

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    I have a lease on a lovely grey quarter horse whose favorite thing to do is roll in mud as soon as possible after a bath. Like most people, I can keep her clean by currying a lot(at least 15 minutes), brushing, and bathing. For bathing, I find inexpensive shampoo’s like Suave work really well. To brighten her coat, I use quicksilver or orvis. I think the grooming is the important part, since in the winter I don’t give her bath very often.

    Rhinestone Cowgirl Rhinestone Cowgirl
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    Looks like you’ve got lots of good responses. I have a Paint and Appaloosa that is predominately white, and keeping them clean and shiny is all about nutrition and grooming, as others have mentioned. The hair in a dry coat will be more porous and more prone to absorbing stains. Healthy skin that maintains natural lipids that are distributed with regular grooming help keep a coat clean and shiny. A key nutrient for a healthy coat is Omega 3s, found plentiful in good pasture. If your horse is enjoying this benefit that’s great; if he’s mainly on hay for forage you can supplement with a ground flaxseed-based coat supplement. Oils can be used but any oil other than flax or fish oil is actually going to just give you a “faux” shine. It’s not actually giving the benefits of Omega 3s found in flax and fish oils. Daily grooming is of course beneficial too as others mentioned. When it comes to bathing, Corona and Orvus as mentioned by others are excellent choices. Corona is extremely gentle yet effective. And Lucky Braids shampoo is outstanding, both gentle yet extremely effective cleansing and whitening. I also use Lucky Braids spot whitener for touch ups. As far as whitening shampoos I’ve found Xtreme Showhite to be extremely effective on white coats plus it’s gentle and super concentrated so lasts a long time. Hard to find in retailers but available online. A note about using shampoos, the pH in human shampoos is not the same for horses. The best choice for your horse is to choose products formulated for horses and skip the human hair care aisle. You certainly aren’t going to hurt your horse using them but you won’t see any benefit either. Money is much better spent on something that will give you actual results. And I caution you about using bluing. I too used it way back when, but there were much fewer choices is horse grooming. It is actually harsh on skin and no reason to use it now with so many fantastic alternatives out there. Same with baby oil, this can actually cause sunburn and actually attracts dust, so I would avoid. The topical spray sheens are much better choices, such as ShowSheen or my favorite, the all natural Eqyss Avocado Mist. However once you have achieved a healthy shiny coat you will find as I do that it gets compliments even without the added ShowSheen. Happy grooming!

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    Hi, you have gotten a lot of great replies here but here is what I do for my flea bitten grey Holsteiner. Good thorough daily grooming. Use of a wool grooming mitt after exercise to distribute his natural oils. I use the Eqyss marigold rehydrant spray for fly spray which is amazing and helps keep his coat shiny. I also intermittently use the Eqyss avocado mist spray which keeps his coat shiny and also helps to keep dirt from sticking to him. When he looks like he needs a little extra help I use the Vetrolin White N Bright shampoo (but not too frequently!!). He stays clipped as we show and I am lucky in that he is not much for lying or rolling. He is on high quality feed and hay and gets a SmartPak supplement with digestive aid and omega 3s. I hope that helps 🙂

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