THERE’S NOTHING ELSE quite like it: We’ve all done a double-take when a horse goes by with a blindingly shiny coat. Whether or not you show your horse, you’d probably rather he have a shiny coat than a dull one. So what makes a coat shine?
Read on to find out.
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The first step is to keep up with
your horse’s regular veterinary
maintenance. A sick horse, one
with a heavy parasite load, or
one who can’t chew his food
optimally will su;er ill health,
and his coat will show it.
If your horse is well-maintained
and you still have concerns, talk
to your vet about screening him
for ulcers or metabolic problems
that can result in the symptom of a
We all want to feed our horses
beautiful hay and/or pasture,
but it can be easy to miss out
on certain vitamin and mineral
requirements if you’re not careful.
Even one deficiency could result
in a less-than-glowing coat.
Good pasture grass is full
of vitamins and omega 3 fatty
acids during the growing season.
Mineral content, however,
depends on the soil in your
location. Hay starts to lose health-enhancing omega 3s and certain
vitamins after it’s cut and dried,
and maturity at time of harvest can
a;ect protein and other nutrients.
To make sure your horse is
getting everything he needs,
always provide a salt block
and either concentrate (grain)
formulated for your horse’s needs
or a ration balancer.
If you feed a concentrate,
you must feed the amount
recommended on the label for
your horse’s body weight to meet
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