Hyfeed - Health Food for Horses
Health Food for Horses

Steps for good coat condition

Shannon Godwin BaAppSc GDTL

A common outcome that is desired by all horse owners regardless of their equine discipline of interest is a horse in full bloom with a healthy, shiny coat.  Aside from looking fantastic, a shiny coat is indicative of a horse that is healthy inside and out.  The skin and hair of a horse is the body’s first line of defence against natural elements and these are the most visible signs of a horse’s overall condition.

Balanced Nutrition

Many nutrients have a direct impact on the health and shine of a horses’ coat.  One of the first signs of inadequate nutrition is a dry, dull coat and cracked hooves.  Certain ingredients such as fatty acids, zinc, biotin, methionine, lysine, copper and vitamin A must be present in the correct amounts in a horses’ diet or skin, hooves and hair will suffer.  Hyfeed Equimin Plus is a superior vitamin and mineral supplement formulated with sufficient levels of Biotin and Bioplex™ Zinc to improve hoof, coat and skin conditions in horses. 

If a horse’s diet is low in essential amino acids & oils, it will probably be displayed by a dull, listless coat.  Hyfeed Soy Gize is high in fat and easily digested by the horse and contains all the essential amino acids and essential fatty acids required for healthy skin and a glowing coat.  Adding oil to the diet such as Hyfeed Alpha E Oil will supply essential fatty acids that are required by the hair follicle to lubricate the hair which gives it a shiny appearance.  The oils in Alpha E & Soy Gize contain substantial amounts of Linoleic, Linolenic and Oleic (the Omega) fatty acids that are essential for a horse’s health and particularly skin and coat condition.  The Omega fatty acids are known to help the maintenance of elastic skin and slick, glossy coats.

Hyfeed Shine On, Weight Plus, Cool Cubes & Wholesome are formulated with superior ingredients that help provide equines with:

  • Superb shine for the show ring
  • Premium quality protein & Omega Oils
  • Increased top line & muscle definition
  • A comprehensive range of vitamins & minerals (including Biotin & Bioplex Zinc®)
  • Cool energy

Management & Coat Health

  • Rug - Keeping a thin sheet on your horse during the sunniest periods of the day may reduce bleaching of your horses’ hair coat.
  • Exercise improves the delivery of blood and therefore oxygen and nutrients to the skin.  Exercise is also beneficial by stimulating the flow of sweat and sebum. Sebum is the oily material secreted from the hair follicles that helps give the hair its shine and forms a protective layer over the skin, preventing excess moisture loss and drying.
  • Parasite Control - It is very important to maintain a regular worming schedule as nothing will take the shine of a horses coat faster than a heavy worm burden. 
  • Brush - Regular brushing stimulates the sebaceous glands which release oils that cause the hair to lie flat and shine.  Brushing will also remove the dead hair from the horse’s coat, improving the health of the skin and coat.

It cannot be clarified enough that it is essential for a horse’s health and nutritional requirements to be met by plenty of roughage and balanced nutrition in order to obtain the glossy, shiny coat that is desired throughout the world by equestrians.