I know it’s still winter, but my thoughts are looking forward to summer. Maybe even spring. And I decided to make an all natural DIY shine spray for my horses now, in anticipation of when they shed out their winter fur.
And what started my quest for making the ultimate shine spray myself is, I wanted something better. I have had such good success with the tail serum I made, so I figured I could do the same with a shine spray.
I also have been bombarded on Instagram with ads from different companies that make all natural products for horses. But you know what? They are expensive! For example, I found a leave in conditioning (shine) spray for $19.99. And for that you get a cool spray bottle, and 2 ounces of their product. I realize it’s a concentrate. But I’m fairly confident I can make my own. So that is what I decided to do.
All Natural DIY Shine Spray
There are sooooooo many different shine sprays tht we as equestrians can choose from. I know, because I have tried a lot of them. And while some are pretty good, there is one thing that always seems to happen after I use them for awhile. My horse’s coats actually seem to get drier.
It must be some of the chemicals that makes this happen. So I have been searching for a more natural solution to add some shine.
Ultimately, the best way for your horse to get a wonderful, glossy coat is to groom him. There are no short cuts to this. But even then, it is nice to be able to add a little something extra. Wouldn’t you agree?
The Spray Bottle
The first thing you will need for this spray, is a spray bottle. Now if you are like me, you probably have several dozen empty spray bottles to choose from. For myself, I wanted a cool spray bottle. You know, the kind that sprays continuously. And I wanted it to give a fine mist for spraying.
I found this spray bottle on Amazon which had good reviews, and was “Amazon’s choice”. I like it because it holds 24 ounces of liquid, which is bigger than the 16 ounce bottle that I would get if I bought the fancy shmancy all natural spray from a real company.
This spray bottle is the largest of this style I have found and it costs $9.99 on Amazon. And it works the best. I have tried smaller (and more expensive) versions, but they don’t work as well as this one does.
Ok, so now that we have the bottle situation figured out, lets make some shine spry shall we?
There aren’t a whole lot of ingredients you’ll need to make many bottles of this spray. And I want to break down the benefits of each of the ingredients, so you know why I am including them in my homemade concoction!
Coconut oil is amazing by itself. It has so many uses for our horses. Coconut oil could be named magic oil because of all of the benefits it offers. It contains antioxidants, especially vitamin E, which means it can protect the skin. Additionally, coconut oil has lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties, which is one of the reasons its good for scrapes, or small cuts.
For this recipe, I am using liquid coconut oil, or fractionated oil. It stays liquid all the time.
Vegetable glycerin is helpful for the skin. It softens hair, and adds moisture to the hair, and skin. It also has antibacterial properties. And it is a wonderful conditioner for hair, both horse and human!
I love Witch Hazel, especially for adding some shine. It also has antiseptic qualities, making ti a great addition to our homemade shine spray. It can be helpful to relieve itchy skin and get rid of dandruff.
Aloe Vera is a natural skin care treatment for minor skin irritations, abrasions, burns, ulcers and other skin conditions. When applied directly to a wound the anthraquinones, which is a fancy way to say organic compounds, and it’s found in the gel of the plant have an anesthetic effect. While Aloe Vera has medicinal properties fight off bacteria, help dilate capillaries and increase blood flow, we want to use it for the skin benefits mainly.
Centuries ago, people discovered that vinegar makes hair look silky and shiny. A simple mixture of vinegar and water smooths the hair cuticle and cleanses buildup. Using white vinegar in horse hair products really helps to build the shine factor. And it’s inexpensive. You can buy a gallon of white vinegar for around $3.00 locally.
There are so many benefits to using essential oils in horse care products. Some can help to keep bugs away (citronella and cedar wood) While others can provide a calming effect (lavender). Or you can mix a bunch of them together to get a pleasing scent, like baby powder believe it or not. I will leave the choice of oils up to you.
And sometimes you may not want to use essential oils, but instead opt for a different scent. There are a lot of different fragrance oils that you can add to your homemade products which will make your concoctions smelly incredible. That is what I decided to do in this recipe.
I found a set of 6 different oils which I love! This is a set of 6 different oils, and it’s called Island Getaway set of 6 premium fragrance oils.
I’m not the best chemist when it comes to mixing a bunch of different oils to get the scent I want. Which is why I sometimes choose a fragrance oil. I just make sure that they are safe to apply to the skin.
All right! That is enough on the ingredients, and why I am using them, how about we make our own shine spray for our horses?
All Natural DIY Shine Spray
Now that you know what goes in the spray, let’s make it. Keep in mind this recipe is to make 24 ounces of the spray. If your bottle holds less than that, you can decrease the ingredients, or play around with the perfect amount of each ingredient for your needs.
Here is what you will need:
- Spray bottle
- Fractionated coconut oil (1 cup)
- Vegetable glycerin (1/2 cup)
- Witch Hazel (1 cup)
- Aloe vera gel (1/4 cup)
- White vinegar (1 cup)
- Essential oils (or fragrance oil) (50 drops)
- Water (you can use distilled water if you want to be fancy)
Add all of the ingredients to your spray bottle. If you are using a 24 ounce bottle like I am, you’ll notice the ingredients don’t take up all of the space in the bottle. This is where you add in the water. Just add enough water to the maximum fill line for the capacity of the bottle.
Then you just shake it up, and you’re ready to go.
Using Your Shine Spray
This shine spray can be used year round. And an added bonus is you can use this on the saddle area. There aren’t any slippery ingredients which will cause your saddle to slip. And you’ll find that the longer you use this spray, the better your horse’s coat will get.
Now my boys were gracious models. But, lets face it, it’s winter time. So it’s difficult to see the ‘shine’ on soon to be shedding out winter coats. But, they still look good, even if they are very furry.
And it can be used on manes and tails too! So get ready to have a luxurious tail on your equine beauty! Something else that makes this great to use in the winter time is that this can help decrease the static your horse may get in his coat.
Simply spray this spray on your brush, and apply it. The natural oils in the spray help to decrease the static in his (or her) long winter hair.
The oils that are used in the spray help to draw the deeper dirt to the surface of the hair, making it easy for you to brush away the dirt. While at the same time, you are conditioning and treating your horse’s skin. There are no drying ingredients. Only ingredients that will help to nourish the skin and hair. Which is why the longer you use this, the better your horse’s coat will be!
Like I said, you need a good base to start from, so be sure that your horse is getting the calories he needs through a good feeding program, and regular grooming. But if you have that in place, and add in this spray, get ready to see some shine!