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  • Chestnut horses and their skin
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    05-15-2011, 12:28 AM
Shedding Blades, Chestnut color, Q's

Ok so I've got a couple a grooming questions, and some are a bit stupid, but whatever so... I heard somewhere that a chestnut's coat/skin is more sensitive than others, is this true? I would think albinos or greys have more sensitive skin?

Also, I ride an OTTB (chestnut) with almost no coat at all in the summer.... however she still has some fuzz on her butt, is it ok to use a shedding blade, or will it hurt her if she has such fine hair? I used a shedding blade when she had her winter coat, but I don't want to hurt her now that it's almost gone. I always feel bad when I have to brush her a bit harder, but she's such a pig and she always gets dirty :roll:

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    05-15-2011, 12:53 AM
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I had heard that about chestnuts, too. Must be true, no? I think she will tell you how much grooming she can tolerate. In the summer, I never use a shedding blade, just a scrubby sort of thingy with fingers, and a good brush. And my horse is out 24/7 in muddy conditions.
    05-15-2011, 12:59 AM
She's REALLY pain tolerant, so I i don't think she'll tell me if it's bothering her:roll:
I really just want to get the fuzz off, it looks so weird with her front being shiny and her back being patches of fuzz! Oh well, maybe the wind will blow it off =] I havn't seen her in a couple a days, so hopefully it will be gone,lol
    05-15-2011, 02:40 AM
^ Lol.

If she is pain tolerant, then yes, it is hard to tell whether it hurts her or not. I have heard this about chestnuts too. Their skin is thinner than that of other horses, making them prone to galls, saddle sores, rubs, e.t.c...

However, the chestnuts I have groomed have never had a problem with hard grooming. Not sure about shedding blades, maybe you can try her with it and see how she reacts?
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    05-15-2011, 09:28 AM
I've never heard the thing about sensitive skinned Chestnuts, and I won a chestnut :3. He rarely comes to me with scratches, except when he gets a bit vigorous with the barbed wire fence, but that owuld harm anyone right? I've cut him with a bot knife before, but he kicked a fly and got the knife, so I wouldn't know if that was anything to do with thin skin. Id say it would be fine?
    05-15-2011, 09:37 AM
I've heard that too, but haven't noticed a difference in my chestnut as far as grooming but she is more sensitive to insects. I'm not a fan of metal grooming products of any type (shedding blades, combs or sweat scrapers), metal breaks & dulls hair. I use a rubber grooma and slick & easy blocks.
    05-15-2011, 08:02 PM
I recently bought a plastic shedding blade, I don't like the metal ones either.... especially when people use rusty ones!!!! Luckily the wind blew off all the hair, and she's now hairless... lol she's got her summer coat but it's SO thin she might as well be hairless. She is more prone to saddle sores, but she absolutely LOVES having her head scratched... if you make your hands in a triangle she will rub her head for a very long time... pretty sure she's going to have a bald spot soon!
    05-16-2011, 08:39 AM
My horse is a chestnut, and he's not in the slightest "tickly" about being groomed, he lets me use a shedding blade on him quite happily
    05-16-2011, 10:28 AM
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My guy is a little chestnut as well....he likes to be groomed hard, lol...he does seem to get into everything that scratches him, or causes some sort of scab..but I wouldnt say that it is because he is a chestnut. My good friend had one, and he had no skin issues what so ever....never heard of chestnuts being thinner skinned, or more sensitive though
    05-16-2011, 10:33 AM
It depends on the horse, not the color of its coat. TBs tend to be thin skinned, whereas other breeds are not.

All horses have black skin, except where there are white places. A grey coat isn't really white, it's just maximally expressed grey. The skin underneath it is still black.

There are no true albino horses, although some Appies have a lot of pink skin.

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