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Coat Enhancers for Sooty Buckskin

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  • Coat Enhancers for Sooty Buckskin

    Hey Guys! So I did a cursory search and couldn't find this topic elsewhere...please redirect me if I missed it. But I am looking for some help for my filly. She's a classic sooty buckskin (Sire is a buckskin with a red gene - i'll post picks; and dam is a bay). I cannot, for the life of me, get her coat to really shine! I've tried about everything you can think of and I just don't know what else to do. She turned 3 today actually, and she's gorgeous in my eyes - lol! But I can't get her coat over this "burnt/dull/coarse" look. Right now she's on good quality hay at night, decent pasture during the day, beet pulp with alfalfa pellets, an omega blend oil, golden flax, and that Gold as Sun supplement from Cheval (for about 3-4 weeks now), as well as a general multivitamin/mineral supplement. Anyone with similar beauties out there with any tricks??

    Stallion pic credit is from BridledPassionFarms in Cleburne, TX - owner Mary Claeys
    Dam pics were sent to me from breeder; not sure of farm name, but out of PawPaw, MI.

    my filly, Paloma Sire - Desplante Sire - Desplante

  • #2
    What is "good quality" hay? Once I switched my born black horse over to half alfalfa hay, no more dull burned looking

    coat. No more sunburn either. It really put a bloom on a horse. My vet just recently commented on her shiny black

    "There is no fundamental difference between man and animals in their ability to feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery." - Charles Darwin


    • #3
      she's on good quality hay at night, decent pasture during the day, beet pulp with alfalfa pellets, an omega blend oil, golden flax, and that Gold as Sun supplement from Cheval (for about 3-4 weeks now), as well as a general multivitamin/mineral supplement.
      What does "good quality" mean, and how much?

      How much beet pulp, alfalfa pellets, and the omega blend (and what exactly) does she get?

      What is the v/m supplement?

      Her overall nutrition may not be where it should be, not even with that v/m. Is there a reason she's on beet pulp/alf pellets/vm and not a ration balancer? No judgement, just more information.
      The CoTH CYA - please consult w/your veterinarian under any and all circumstances. - ET


      • #4
        I curry/brush my mare daily and use Vetrolin Shine coat conditioner and my mare has always been pretty shiny just from that but about 2 - 3 months ago I took her off of SmartCombo, and started doing the different supplements separately, and added Omega HorseShine. Since then I've received numerous comments about how shiny my mare is. She also gets Aloe Vera 2x a day but I felt like it was since I added the Omega HorseShine that her coat got really shiny.


        • #5
          I feed my horse a high-fat diet, protect him from the sun, and curry him a lot. He gleams so bright! We get lots of compliments.

          I protect from the sun through use of a fly sheet, Santa Fe coat conditioner / sunscreen, and bringing my horse inside during brightest hours of the day.

          If I didn't need the sunscreen, I wouldn't do a coat conditioner except for special events. The silicone in these products makes hair look shiny, but is actually pretty drying with long term use. With the strength of sun where we live, it's a necessary trade off for me, but I would not use a product without sunscreen (like vetrolin shine or show sheen) regularly. I'd rather let the hair be in healthier on a daily basis and just use these products for extra "pop" at a show.


          • #6
            Had one of these, it always coat change time in spring and fall. The old hair lightened as it died and got pushed out. This is also one if those colors that is not sun friendly, it sun bleached ugly. Once that occurs, it needs to grow out and shed to recover, those coat supplements help grow healthy, new hair, they don’t effect what’s already there.

            Cant get the shiniest coat out of a bottle anyway, how much time do you spend currying and following with a stiff then a soft brush?

            When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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