Keeping a horse’s coat gleaming takes a lot of work, including regular currying and brushing, but I have a few other things in Eli’s grooming arsenal that help his coat stay shiny and healthy.
Annie’s Equine Elixir Coat Refresher
I won a bottle of the Coat Refresher in a contest hosted by Hillary, creator of Annie’s Equine Elixirs. Hillary wanted a natural solution to Annie’s sensitive skin problems, and mixed this one up to soothe Annie’s coat. This works so well on Eli’s problem areas, too. If he gets rubs from itching, the Coat Refresher alleviates the itch and restores healthy hair. I’m not sure what’s in it, but it works! It smells good, too, without being overpowering. I also spritz it on Eli’s hind cannons to keep the cannon crud at bay.
Espree Aloe Herbal Horse Fly Repellent Wipes
So glad I found these at Tractor Supply and for $5.99, why not give them a try? Eli is notoriously terrified of the sensation of fly spray landing on his coat, and these offer a great alternative for fly control during a ride. I am not sure how long this repellent works, but it seems to help at least for the duration of our rides, especially in the evenings when the bugs come out in force. I also feel comfortable using these wipes on Eli’s face and ears.
The Herbal Horse Tea Tree & Mint Shampoo
Eli doesn’t get a full shampoo bath very often, but I do use this shampoo more frequently, for washing his face, tail, and hind cannons. It’s gentle and soothing and I even use it on myself a few times a week.
Cowboy Magic Rosewater Conditioner
When Eli does get a full shampoo bath, I add some of this conditioner into the shampoo water to keep his coat from drying out or getting brittle. It’s also a great rinse by itself.
Probios Soft Chews
Any horse’s coat reflects gut health. Eli had been on a ColiCare-eligible SmartPak supplement that he decided he didn’t like the taste of much anymore, but I didn’t want him to go without any gut supplement all of a sudden. Probios Soft Chews are an easy solution, and I KNOW he is eating them. I give him 2 a day most days. The first time he ate one, I could tell he was weirded-out by the texture at first, but he clearly liked the taste, and now he eats them without hesitation.