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post #1 of 6 Old 02-13-2011, 12:45 PM Thread Starter
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Lola has finally started shedding! So I am wondering how long does it take them to fully shed and what can I do to speed it up?
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post #2 of 6 Old 02-13-2011, 01:11 PM
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How long it takes usually depends on your climate and breed of horse, but for us, the horses are fuzzy in April and glossy and sleek in may or june. To speed it up, groom every day, or as often as you can, to get all the loose hair out.

Here's Artie April 24:


And Artie June 24:

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post #3 of 6 Old 02-13-2011, 01:47 PM
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Lacey is shedding too!

Around here, shedding is usually done in late April/early May. But it really depends on how many daylight hours your horse is getting. So, if he/she is under lights, he/she will shed a lot faster than a pasture kept horse. I've found that using a shedding blade daily really helps and once she's about half-way shed out, I usually give her the first bath of the season which takes care of a lot of hair.

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I spent an hour on her neck with a rubber curry comb. So much hair came out but it looks like nothing did XD

She has been kept in these last few days that is probably why she has started.
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-14-2011, 02:10 PM
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Metal shedding brushes/blades work very well. I also use a rubber curry as most horses like it better & it really does a good job.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-14-2011, 02:50 PM
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Shedding starts when the days start getting longer. So my mare was shedding in December. I use a shedding blade on her, and vacuum her to get all that loose hair out. It's starting to seem like the hair is not coming out as much now, but it is annoying, I have hair every where.
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