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Time to Shine! 5 Tips for a Shiny Coat

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 There is nothing like a stunning horse with a beautiful shiny coat, not only because it looks amazing, but it is the indication of a healthy horse.  Did you know a dull, lackluster coat could be  a sign of nutritional deficiencies?

To achieve that shiny beautiful coat, it takes a diligent grooming schedule as well as attention to your horse’s nutrition.  

Tips for a shiny coat!

1. Curry your horse every day!

We all love a good arm workout!  Bringing up dirt and oils to the surface is key, especially after a long winter and when shedding begins in the spring.  Currying is akin to massaging, and it will stimulate natural oils to be released.   This takes a ton of elbow grease, but it is well worth it, and your horse will likely enjoy the rubdown. Your horse will also appreciate the massage, as he may be quite itchy when his coat sheds out.

2.  Brushing

Like currying your horse, brushing your horse with a dandy brush and hard brush will break up and remove the dirt, debris and dry skin on the coat. Brushing will also spread the natural oils, brought to the surface by currying.

3. Vitamins

If your horse’s coat is lackluster, supplements can be a great way to add shine.  A dull coat can also be an indication of vitamin deficiencies.  Adding a multi vitamin supplement like Sho.Glo Complete Vitaminrich with Vitamin A, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, Vitamin B, Biotic, Zinc, anti-oxidants and Fatty Acids can help support your horse’s overall condition from the inside out.

4. Shampoo your horse

Since our horses love to get dirty, roll, and get caked in mud, it is super important to get the dirt out of the coat as sometimes currying is not enough to remove mud.  Corona Concentrated  Shampoo is an excellent option for your horse! The award-winning formula cleans, conditions, and leaves your horse’s coat soft and lustrous. Plus, it is pH-Balanced and gentle enough for everyday use!

5. Clean brushes

Do you clean your brushes? You could be re-introducing old dirt, bacteria, and fungus. Gross! Try to wash your brushes once a month, if not seasonally.  Using dirty brushes could be counterproductive.  First, soak your brushes in warm water with dishwasher detergent.  After the detergent soak, transfer them to a bucket of disinfectant.  One part bleach mixed with 10 parts water will work just fine! Be sure to rinse them thoroughly and lay them in the sun to dry. This isn’t a project for a rainy day!


Jennifer Serot

Jennifer Serot

Jennifer is the newest member of the Manna Pro Equine Team. She has been riding and showing dressage for 20 years and enjoys spending time with her Connemara pony. Jennifer graduated with her BSBA and MBA in Marketing from Washington University in St. Louis.


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