Oil Buffing Your Horse – Add Shine and Conditioning

Last Updated on March 11, 2022 by Allison Price

  • You can give your horse a little extra shine and condition, while also skipping your exercise for the day. Oil buffing is a great addition to your horse grooming regimen! VIDEO BELOW. Shop this article.

What is oil buffing?

  • Depending on the way you apply your grooming oil, oil buffing can also be called hot-clothing your horse.
  • You will need to start with your favorite hair oil, some washcloths or brushes, and lots of elbow grease. A shiny, healthy hair will result if you add some hair conditioner.
  • Spraying on sheen products will give shine, but not in the conditioning department. Dry, brittle hair can allow dirt, manure and urine stains to take up residence in the horse’s hair. Stain protection is added to hair that’s well-conditioned and straight.
  • Stain protection is also provided by the horse’s natural oils called sebum. This is enhanced by oil buffing.

What oils can you use?

  • I didn’t know what to call it when I started oil buffing horses. However, this was how I prepared my horse for cutting. The No. My favorite oil to use is the No. You can also use baby oil, or another mineral oil-based grooming oils.
  • M-T-G is not the oil you should use. It is not mineral oil-based and treats skin problems instead.
  • Is there a horse care line that has a grooming oil? It doesn’t seem so. Do a patch test with a small amount of the product before you apply it to your horse. To test for reactions, please apply a small amount of the product to your horse’s upper legs.

Techniques for oil buffing your horse

  • There are many ways to make your horse shine! Start with a clean horse in every case!

Make a solution in water to make a post-bathing rinse.

  • After bathing your horse and sweat-scraping him, you can rinse him off with a diluted grooming oil.
  • Fill a bucket with water. Warm water is the best for keeping your horse comfortable.
  • You can also add a few drops of your grooming oil. You can do more with less!
  • Mix the mixture and then rinse your horse.

It’s more than one glug if you just pour it in. Start with a small amount and adjust as you go.

Before you apply a clip, oil cleaning is recommended.

  • Grooming your horse with a grooming oil before you cut is purely functional and not artistic. This oil is used to condition the horse’s hair and aid your clippers in cutting through it.
  • You will need to clip almost everything, so it is best to rub your horse with a dry towel. Don’t worry about cutting off too much. You will get rid of most of it.
Oil Buffing Your Horse
  • You don’t want the oil to dripy or sticky on your horse, but it doesn’t mean you have to spend a lot of time rubbing the oil. You may need to apply the oil in a slightly different way.
  • Clip as usual.

After a clip, oil buffing

  • After a body clip, most horses will have a duller coat and a diminished color. A proper oil buffing session can bring back some depth and shine to the horse’s coat.
  • Apply some oil to a clean, dry horse. It can be applied with a washcloth, washcloth or grooming brush.
  • Use a few dime-sized drops of grooming oil on your rag, brush or mitt, and then rub in. Grooming oils don’t spray like a mist and are thicker.
  • Apply the oil evenly. The oil should make your horse glow and not drip.

Winter oil buffing for horses

  • This is how you can brighten up a winter coat that’s dull. This is the same as post-clip buffing. However, a longer winter coat might require a stiffer brush or a firmer sponge to get the oil in your horse’s coat.
  • Winter coats are less shiny than summer coats. While you may see some shine with a cut coat or a summer jacket, it will not be as noticeable as with a longer coat. Winter is a time when conditioning and stain-repelling are more important.

Winter oil buffing with a rinse

  • Begin with 2 gallons of boiling water in a large bowl. Add a few drops of oil. To soak, place some washcloths in the bucket.
  • Grab a towel and gently wring it until it is dry. It should feel warm, slightly damp, and steamy. This is how to curry comb the winter coat of your horse.
  • Hair can be cut, trimmed, or grown out after a clip. It is also a good idea to work against the direction of hair growth. Use a cooler to cover any areas that aren’t complete.
  • This should not cause your horse to get wet.

What amount of oil do you use?

  • It is better to be less than you think.
  • I usually use 3-4 gallons of grooming oil per treatment. It is not much! It’s likely to be a couple of tablespoons at most. If you have longer hair, bigger horses, or want a deeper shine, it might be more.
  • Spread it evenly on your horse’s body. The buffing.
  • Every horse is different. I suggest that you start small with one area of your horse. Maybe one side of your neck. You can try it and see what it looks like. You can add more shine to the area by repeating this process until you achieve the desired result. Repeat the process for the rest of your horse’s body.
  • Horses should not be sticky, oily or drippy.
  • You can wipe it off if you apply too much. You can shampoo it right away in warm weather. To remove some of the goodness in colder climates, you can use a shampoo that doesn’t require rinsing.

You can use a simple washcloth or rag.

What time should you oil-buff your horse?

  • You can do it whenever you want!
  • After shampooing, warm weather oil buffing can be much more straightforward. This is something you might do often in summer.
  • It’s a good idea to oil buff your hair after a deep grooming session in colder temperatures. Winter is a slower time, but it can be spread out.
  • Continue to do so as often as possible!

Is oil buffing possible on winter coats Are summer coats possible?

  • Oil buffing can be done on any length coat. Unclipped, clipped, winter coat, summer coat.
  • For longer hair, you can use a stiffer brush to do this type of grooming. You can soften your brush after clipping, especially if you have summer hair.

How about using grooming oils on manes or tails?

  • Absolutely! It’s like a hair serum or argon oil. Don’t overdo it!
  • I’ll take a quarter-sized amount of the dollop and put it in my hands. Then, I’ll rub them together. Finally, I’ll run my fingers along the tail. The same goes for the mane.
  • If you are looking to show off your braids, I don’t recommend this.

Is this a grooming method that can interfere with horse winter coat waterproofness?

  • The horse’s natural oils, his skin’s oil, are responsible for waterproofing the winter coat. This can be boosted by adding a grooming oil!

Oiling your horse requires the use of certain tools.

  • Choose your grooming oil
  • You can choose your application method: bucket and sponge, brush, rag, brush or dry sponge.
  • It takes time. Buffing your horse by hand is not an easy task. It’s worth the extra effort and conditioning!
Allison Price
Allison Price

I’m Allison, born and raised in San Diego California, the earliest memory I have with horses was at my grandfather’s farm. I used to sit at the stable as a kid and hang out with my Papa while he was training the horses. When I was invited to watch a horse riding competition, I got so fascinated with riding!