Easy Homemade Show Sheen Recipe {Printable}

This homemade Show Sheen recipe is an easy DIY option made with ingredients that you probably already have at home.

It’s a quick way to get your horse show ring ready, without the cost of store bought sprays.

For long term maintenance I prefer my DIY Coat Conditioner with Coconut Oil, but this recipe has been one of my favorites for many years since it’s just so darn easy!

And it really comes in handy away at shows when you need something quick.

Easy DIY Homemade Show Sheen Recipes for Horses from Savvy Horsewoman

Easy Homemade Show Sheen Recipe

Easy Homemade Show Sheen Recipe


  • 1/4 cup hair conditioner
  • 1/4 cup baby oil
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water


Just mix and add the ingredients to any clean spray bottle and you're done!

The conditioner is great for detangling tails, the baby oil adds a nice shine, and the vinegar helps to remove stains.


If you’re using it before you ride, avoid applying it to the saddle area as it can make your horse slippery.

Also, if you’re planning to braid don’t use it on your horse's mane.

I've found with overuse it can create a build up on my horse's coat, much like store bought Show Sheen.

Use sparingly for best results, and try my DIY Coat Conditioner with Coconut Oil for daily use.

Have you tried a homemade show sheen recipe?

Easy DIY Homemade Show Sheen Recipes for Horses from Savvy Horsewoman



  1. Kate G
    January 26, 2016 / 5:54 am

    Can you use any human or horse conditioner??

    • Savvy Horsewoman
      January 29, 2016 / 10:56 pm

      Yes! Any conditioner will do the job.

  2. raynes29
    July 20, 2016 / 5:00 pm

    Do you pray this off after applying to the horse

    • Savvy Horsewoman
      September 27, 2017 / 4:08 pm

      Nope! If you find it's too greasy you can add more water and vinegar.

  3. Anna
    September 17, 2021 / 11:09 am

    How much does this make?

  4. Chloe
    January 30, 2022 / 12:35 pm

    Can you use olive oil instead of baby oil?

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