EQuine Shiny Coat Supplement
Soft, silky, shiny coats and manes
A horse with a shiny coat and mane is generally considered well fed, well kept and healthy. Horses and ponies grow two coats per year - a summer coat (short and sleek) allowing the horse to remain cool in hot weather, and a winter coat (longer and thicker) to trap air near the skin and insulate against cold.
All breeds of horse and pony produce natural oils to help lubricate the skin and condition the coat. Stabled horses remove excess oils and dead skin cells when brushed and groomed. Outside, horses instictively know how to stimulate rejunvination in their skins by rubbing against posts, hedges and trees, and by rolling on the ground. Rolling coats, skin and hair in dust or mud, also helps to rid their skin of bugs, which cause great irritation.
The natural way
There is a lot that can be done naturally to help your horse shed and maintain a healthy coat. Fiberglass blocks can work well to help your horse shed (always purchase one made for horses). When grooming, a massage brush used in a circular motion can work well to bring dirt and loose hair to the surface. Next, use a metal shedding blade, then a charcoal block. Finish off by alternating a stiff horse brush, a soft horse brush, and finally a softer horse hair brush.