Winter is the time to be proactive and start working on next year’s show season shine! There are a few different ways to work towards getting that show ring shine to your horse’s coat, mane and tail. Always begin with a good diet! This means ensuring an adequate amount of good quality hay is being fed, alongside feeding enough fats to help promote the healthy oils in the coat. Your horse’s coat will tell you a lot about the diet you are providing to them.
One of the most popular ways to get a good hair coat is from the inside out. Owners do this by adding supplements to their horse’s diet. Some common feed-thru supplements that also can be found around the house are:
*Most oils are supplemented at a ½ cup daily for a 1,000-pound horse. Also be mindful that adding oils to the horses diet, adds calories to your horses diet.
Another popular way to work towards a healthier coat is through spray-on coat conditioners. Such as the feed-thru supplements, these are household items.
Keep in mind that there are a plethora of mane/tail/coat supplements for your horse, which can be purchased in stores. I urge you to find what works for you and stick to it. Here are a list of supplements and products along with links to where they can be viewed and purchased:
MANE & TAIL CARE
Walking through a barn you will see a variety in lengths and care of manes and tails. Here are a few tips and tricks to keep your horse’s mane and tail healthy and growing all winter long.
All the supplements, and conditioners will mean nothing without some old-fashioned elbow grease. A good-stiff currycomb, and a few minutes every day will help break the winter blues for both you and your horse.
If you have any tricks or supplements that have worked wonders for your horses coat, mane or tail, please feel free to leave it in the comments below!