When I brought my new horse in he was already shedding lightly. The weather here in Maryland has been up and down and over the past few weeks he has started to shed like mad. I can actually pull out the hair with my fingers and even a soft brush just piles up with the loose hair. I used a soft curry on him yesterday and the amount of hair coming out was incredible.
Now, to be fair, he was only being sheeted in even the coldest temps (the barn I bought him from let him grow a pretty substantial coat) and I have him in a medium weight blanket now so that could be causing some over shedding. To say I am covered in hair every night is an understatement :) I washed one of my barn sweater-jackets last night and my dryer lint screen was just covered in horse hair.
What concerns me is that in a few places, specifically directly behind his elbow and in the lower part of the stifle, there are near bare patches. I know is itsn't from rubbing as it is too close to the elbow for a girth and due to a potential abscess, I haven't ridden in 4 days and the bare patches just showed up yesterday.
The skin in the bare/very short hair areas is healthy..no sign of any type of fungal infection and the overall coat itself is shiny and smooth. One of the equine vet students at the barn is indicating it could be a simple nutrition deficiency, he was underweight when I got him, though now I have him on a coat/hoof/joint combo supplement and rice bran pellets along with his regular feed (only by three weeks however).
Is anyone else in the north atlantic region seeing similar shedding patterns as we have all had the most mild of winters?