How to Promote Hair Growth on Horses

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How to Promote Hair Growth on Horses
Long mane hair is what most horse owners want. (horse hair image by Wolfgang Zintl from Fotolia.com)

Horses are known the world over for their beauty and strength. One of the most sought after features in the looks of the animal are a healthy hair coat and long, flowing mane and tail. Most horse owners are always seeking ways to help their horse's hair grow thicker, longer and shinier.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Flaxseed supplement
  • Corn oil
  • Brushes
  • Conditioners

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Instructions

    How to promote hair growth on horses

  1. 1

    Feed your horse a good diet to promote healthy hair growth. A diet rich in natural oils and omega-fatty acids will result in lots of natural shine and a healthier hair cuticle, which leads to longer, stronger hair. Flaxseed and corn oil are excellent choices for this kind of diet enrichment.

  2. 2

    Stop combing the mane and tail except to remove the worst tangles. Keep brushing to a minimum. Brushing and combing pulls hairs out. Try and allow the hair to be natural, and finger-comb if need be. Pulling a comb through it will pull hair out--the opposite of what you want.

  3. 3

    Brush the hair coat on the body every day. By brushing the hair coat, you are distributing the natural oils that the feed supplement is helping the horse's body produce. This will give the coat a beautiful natural shine and make the hair healthier by distributing the oils from cuticle to the end of the hair shaft.

  4. 4

    Apply leave-in conditioner to the mane and tail, and pay special attention to the ends. Keeping the ends soft and pliable will keep them from breaking, allowing the hair to grow longer. Human conditioner is fine, and there also is special horse mane and tail conditioner you can purchase from a horse supply store.

  5. 5

    Avoid frequent bathing. Bathing and shampooing actually strips the hair of its natural oils, and can dry and dull the hair coat. Keep baths for when the horse is really dirty or very sweaty, and try to use plain water when you can to avoid the chemicals in shampoos and cleansers.

Tips and warnings

  • Adding 1/2 cup of corn oil to the horse's feed every day is an economical way to promote healthy oils in the hair.
  • Be careful not to add to much fat to your horse's diet. Too many oils can lead to stomach upset and diarrhoea.

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