Posted by admin | Posted in Main | Posted on 18-01-2012
Step 1: Nutrition
A pretty coat starts with what's on the inside of your pony. No quantity of grooming will make your pony look beautiful if he isn't getting the right nourishment. A diet loaded in Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids is the 1st step in achieving a good coat. There are many methods to accomplish this, and you need to consult a vet before making any changes in your horse’s diet. Your horse should be fed a quality kind of forage (generally either alfalfa or timothy hay), together with a concentrate (grain) that contains at least 7% fat and 14% protein. I would recommend a pellet with 9% fat if you can locate one.
To this, you are able to add daily one cup of black oil sunflower seeds, one cup of brown flax seed, 1/2 to one whole cup of corn oil, and 1 to 2 spoons of paprika. (Warning: Paprika may cause a fake positive on some drug tests, so utilize carefully.) Paprika serves the goal of stopping your horse’s coat from fading in direct sunlight, so a pony that's not turned out to pasture throughout the day may not need this supplement. As well as these, remember to provide your horse with a trace mineral block containing zinc and copper, both of which affect coat condition. If your horse is eating only timothy hay, it could be helpful to add a small amount (about a half cup) of alfalfa pellets to your horse’s feed ration.
There are also some commercially available products that can do a similar thing as the above recipe. I am a big fan of “Dac Oil” which is one of the best kept strategies of the halter industry. This stuff is totally amazing and I can’t say enough nice things about it! Nu-Image and Super 14 also work fine!
Step 2: De-Worming
No horse can have a shiny coat if his stomach if full of parasites leeching away his nutrient elements! It is vital that all horses be kept on an appropriate de-worming schedule. Your vet can help you with developing a bug control programme suitable to the region in which you live. Most top show barns either utilize a daily de-worming product in their horses ‘ feed, or a give their horses a de-worming paste every 4-6 weeks.
Step 3: Grooming
A good pony should flicker in the sunshine even if he never feels the touch of a brush, but daily grooming will considerably multiply your results! Top show horses get groomed as much as two hours per day. Thankfully , that isn’t precisely obligatory. Fifteen to 20 minutes of daily brushing should be adequate to remove dust and dirt from your horse’s coat and excite his oil glands to produce healthy, shiny oils. You need to first curry your horse employing a rubber curry brush. This is a very important step as it removes dead hair and dust. This also brings the oils in his coat to the surface. Follow this with a tough bristled brush used to get rid of all of the mud and hair you simply loosened. After, employ a softer brush to get rid of any lingering traces of dust and “polish” your horse’s coat. Finally, you can rub your horse’s whole body with a soft fabric/towel. This may spread all those oils around and make his coat super shiny and soft. If you have got access to an equine grooming vacuum, this will also significantly improve the appearance of his coat. The blower attachment of the vacuum helps remove all the dust particles and the suction of the vacuum will further stimulate his oil glands.
Step 4: Caring For The Coat
Now that you have your dream coat, ensure you protect it vigilantly. For an ideal coat, it’s best to keep your pony within between the hours of 9am and 5pm, as the bright, direct rays of the sun can bleach your horse’s coat extraordinarily. If this isn't possible keep your pony covered with either a light sheet (in cooler climates) or a mesh fly sheet (in warmer areas) to stop sun damage. I recommend you spray him daily with an equine moisturising product incorporating a sun lotion. Avoid using any silicone based “shine sprays” on your horse’s coat. These are acceptable for occasional use at shows, but aren't counseled for daily use as they really seal the hair follicle and forestall it from soaking up moisture. Keep soapy baths as low as possible (less than once a month, or before shows), as these aimlessly strip oils from the coat. If your pony gets sweaty, be at liberty to hose him off with clean water (as this sweat can leaden the coat as well) but don't use shampoo or soap.
If you follow these easy directions, your pony should be shining like a champ in almost no time. You can bet at your next show, competition, or trail ride all eyes will be on your beautiful, lustrous pony and you'll have everyone asking you how you made him so. Gorgeous! Good luck and ecstatic riding!