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maisiemouse

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maisiemouse says:

Stary coat

Hi does anyone have any suggestions of how to improve the condition of my Fell ponys coat?  He is a good doer, so his grazing is restricted.  He is fed Hi Fi Lite in the morning with general supplement, garlic and corn oil.  He spends an hour or two on reasonably good grass, and then is turned out full time onto an area which we use for strip grazing, so the grass is limited in this area.  His feet are good but I've noticed his coat is quite scurfy and not very sleek.  He was slow to lose his winter coat.  Someone suggested brewers yeast to me.  Any ideas?

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marybee

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marybee says:

Re: Stary coat

hiya  me dears - as an obsessive compulsive over my horse and tack, the first suggestion is obviously good brushes for grooming, using them in a correct order and cleaning them regulary...however for those people who actually have a life  and a grip on life, a wee bit of garlic, cod liver oil, apple cide vinegar or sunflower oil are very useful in small affordable dosages, and above all, my number one supplement for my girl no matter what - a can of stout. not only is it good for your horse, it makes them FEEL great!!!! lol!

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Vik1

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Vik1 says:

Re: Stary coat

 If he was slow to lose his winter coat, he maybe a little cold and that could be why he is producing extra grease.  I would maybe change his feed to Happy hoof to make sure he is getting all his essential nutrients.  Also have his teeth checked.  he may still be holding condition because he is a good doer but he may not be able to chew properly therefore digest his food.  my mare's coat was scurfy and stary and I couldnt work out what was wrong - it was her teeth.  She's now gleaming and I hardly have to lift a brush!

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Marian Pinches

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Re: Stary coat

You mention that he was slow losing his coat? Is there a possibility that it could be Cushings? Or do you feel that it is more diet orientated? x

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kirstyndshaky

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Re: Stary coat

seaweed is great, ive started feeding a measure of that and a measure of veg oil, and the dandruff is gone and the shine is starting to come thru, shame he's gonna be clipped, i hate to get rid of a nice looking coat!!

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biscuit

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biscuit says:

Re: Stary coat

I promise im not advertising but i had same prob - called the people at Top spec (recomended by my farrier) who told me i was spending a fortune on stuff i didnt need to, Bar has been fully on new diet for about 3 weeks now and there is an amazing difference in coat (silky smooth) muscle and basic ability. You can get number from web page they were lovely and really helped me x x x

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helen and mia

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Re: Stary coat

 I swear I dont work for Blue Chip (it seems im always pushing their products).  But you could try one of their balancers, maybe lami-light, it gives them everything they need but without the calories.  My mare has been on Blue Chip for almost a year now and she seems to have evened out into fantastic good health.  Her  coat not only gleams it sparkles! they've loads of info on their website. or you could try phoning to talk to their nutritionists x

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appycob

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appycob says:

Re: Stary coat

I agree with helen and mia, you can't beat BLUE CHIP, my youngster's hooves are great and even in middle of last winter his coat was so silky and shiny, people thought I'd been putting Canter Coat Shine on because of how it felt. He's approx 380kg and a sack lasts me 7 weeks fed at 400g a day.

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sophieelizabethrose

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Re: Stary coat

I used to work on a hunting yard, and everytime the horses were exercised, we hosed down their legs and then hot clothed them - gettiing a luke warm bucket of water and a tea towel whech was squeezed out so that it was only damp, and then working from the neck downwards, not rubbing really though. This got off lots of grease and dead hair, and the horses always looked immaculate.. and make sure you keep horsie warm!!! Hope some of these comments help!!! xxx

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