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13th Sep 2002, 06:45 AM
Anyone have a recipe for this? The shops are soooo expensive for it and I know that I've seen a recipe for it once, but I cant find it again!!!
13th Sep 2002, 10:40 PM
I dont exactley have a recipe but last winter i put baby oil in a spray bottle and it adds shine to the coat and it makes the coat SOOO soft!! ;)
20th Sep 2002, 04:47 PM
If you've got any mane and tail conditioner lying around, dilute it with some water. Baby oil tends to attract dirt, so I wouldn't use that..good luck :D!
20th Sep 2002, 06:04 PM
I find using a damp towel is much more effective than any show sheen. It is also much cheaper!
20th Sep 2002, 08:34 PM
baby oil is horrible stuff!! put it in my greys beautifully white tail. got my show photos back and to my horror it was that dirty and mangey before we even got into the ring!! (my parents are not horse minded, so will not point out things like that to me!)
plus i have a couple of issues with it.....if its so bad for humans in the sun, surely it will not be any better for our equine friends??
20th Sep 2002, 08:43 PM
Cochise- I have never heard about baby oil being bad for humans in the sun... I guess i never had problems with it when i used it because i used it in the winter when we had about 4 feet of snow. :rolleyes: I dont see any problems with using it... and if you put it on right then it doesnt attract dust or dirt. You have to spray it envenly and just a light mist... Not alot of yes it would attract dust.... Maybe you just used a bit to much??
20th Sep 2002, 09:29 PM
No only a little bit. I used it in the tail.
It attracts the sun...have you seen those people who slather it on for sun bathing? It heats up and burns very nastily.
A person I know used to use it around the muzzle and eyes of her horse to make the skin around them seem darker and shinier, the sun was very strong and her horse actually got blisters on his nose he was so badly burnt.
I agree, a damp towel and some elbow grease are best.
20th Sep 2002, 10:24 PM
Cochise- The stuff people use for sun tanning over here isnt baby oil. Its tanning oil. It has 2-5 % SPF protection in it.
I just used baby oil on Tessa once because my friend did that with her horse and her horse has always been the softest horse in the barn lol. And i also used it in the winter when they were inside more and when they were out it was overcast.
I normally never use showsheen or any shine stuff because ecspecially if you are doing in hand classes and the judge notices you have used show sheen then you could not even place... that happened to someone i know before.
I always just use elbow greese, but recently i realized how well i damp towel works!! ;) I now will just use a damp towel. And i only used baby oil to make my horses hair soft... not for shine.;)
21st Sep 2002, 04:11 PM
I personally use Santa Fe Coat Conditioner, it has SPF 8 which really helps when Gator is in direct sunlight. It makes his coat especially soft and he gets sprayed everyday after being cooled out and brushed. Another product is Miracle Groom. Although you are trying to avoid commercial products, I do recommend them. Baby Oil is used as a sun tan oil in the US, LilCowGirl. I would spend the money and buy a commercial product if the level of shine and health to your horse's coat is important.
24th Sep 2002, 03:28 AM
Thanks for your ideas guys :) I think I will shampoo him on Saturday and then just wipe him over with a damp cloth like someone said. :D
24th Sep 2002, 11:30 AM
i use vaseline on my horses nose if it gets dry..no problems.
as for show sheen i bougth a bottle of that stuff and will enevr buy a bottle again..fair too expesnive...i know use a mane/tail and coat conditioner thing...or when really neccessary i use coat gloss wipes.
20th Oct 2002, 04:09 PM
I use Vetrolin- it is a coat conditioner, and also works well as a mane and tail detangler. I don't use show sheen anymore because it can make horses very slippery. I find it also has a very false-looking shine. I think the best way to get you horse to shine is good coat care, nutrition, and a good grooming.
22nd Oct 2002, 06:36 PM
Emma, try Mermaid Bay Neem Oil Pet Shampoo. it's awesome stuff and @ $6.50 a big bar not too expensive. You don't even have to rinse it out.:D It does leave a nice, clean sheen to the coat.
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