I put together this recipe for homemade coat conditioner after years of buying expensive sprays and trying various concoctions. While there’s nothing wrong with using a bit of Show Sheen or Cowboy Magic, I just wasn’t happy with the results when using them on a daily basis. I’ve also tried a few other homemade solutions (most using baby oil and conditioner, some even recommend Pledge wood cleaner!), but I wanted something with quality, natural ingredients that didn’t leave my horses too slick or sticky.
This coat conditioner is made with Fractionated Coconut Oil which is liquid, colorless, odorless and non-greasy. It’s perfect anytime you need a really light, penetrating oil. As an added bonus it won’t stain blankets (or clothes) and has a long shelf life. It also happens to be inexpensive (yay!) unlike most store bought sprays. For more info about coconut oil check out Coconut Oil for Horses – Top 10 Uses.
I prefer to use distilled water in my DIY recipes since it’s cheap and easy to find (most drug stores carry it), but boiling tap water and then cooling it would work as well. Using water straight from the tap could potentially shorten the shelf life of the spray (depending on the water source).
Essential oils are totally optional but highly recommended! You can experiment to find a blend that works for you and your horses.
Homemade Coat Conditioner with Coconut Oil
Fills a 16 oz spray bottle
Shake well before using.
This works out to about $1.50 per batch. Not bad!
Please note that fractionated coconut oil is different than traditional coconut oil, which is solid at room temperature and will NOT work in this recipe.
The best part about homemade products is they can be easily be modified to suit your needs. If your horse has a dry, brittle coat feel free to add more oil or glycerin. If it’s too oily just cut back a bit. Make it your own, but be prepared to share; everyone will want to try it 🙂
Want more DIY recipes? Check out the Starter’s Guide to DIY Horse Care in the Etsy Shop!