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post #11 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 10:50 AM
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If he's already shedding it's too late to clip his winter coat without clipping his summer coat. My rule of thumb is I wont body clip a horse after February (that depends on where you live of course) because I don't want to clip their summer coat.

I would just take a shedding blade to him every day.
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post #12 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 12:20 PM
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When I bought my colt at eight months old I had the same situation- he had grown his winter coat before shedding his foal coat and it was extremely thick. When spring came I just groomed him daily and although it took a long time to shed out completely I let nature take it's course. I did break down and took scissors to the long hairs under his jaw so you could see his beautiful head, but other than that I left it alone. When he did finish shedding he had a beautiful shiny coat, due to all the grooming he had. But also, have you wormed him or had him checked for worms? Sometimes if they are wormy their coats will shed more slowly, I have heard.
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Wow it's already 90?? That is a wooly coat for 90! Since he isn't in work I wouldn't worry too much about it and just take a shedding blade to it daily. But if it really bothers you I don't think it'll hurt him to get a clip. I heard (a lot) that clipping them too late in the year is bad but I've also had to clip horses for show in mid april and it never affected their summer coats so... I don't know if I've just been lucky? Keep in mind that body clipping also takes a big of "training" and can be stressful for a baby.
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post #14 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Ok thanks guys, those were the details I was looking for. I will be purchasing a shedding blade and giving that a try first. I would hate to do anything to mess up his summer coat.

He is wormed regularly and it's just been him and his mom, no other horses, for the past six months.
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post #15 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 05:32 PM
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If it were me I would leave it, he will slowly start loosing it when he doesn't need it. Plus he's just a baby an I assume that at night its a bit colder. Just brush him during the day and he will loose what he wants to

P.s That aint nothing compared to the length our horses grow in the winter
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post #16 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 05:50 PM
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I would use a furminator on him, but that's just me.
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post #17 of 26 Old 03-19-2013, 10:52 PM
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I personally HATE the look of a clip- I just think it looks bizarre
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post #18 of 26 Old 03-23-2013, 03:12 PM
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Clipping around 50 degrees here

We clip our horses who show around 50degrees, but If I were you Id clip him during the day and at night put a sheet on him just in case he gets chills since he use to have llots of hair.
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post #19 of 26 Old 03-28-2013, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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Sorry I haven't been back to this thread in a few days.
Wow, furminators are pricey. The shedding blade has actually taken off a ton of hair, but there's still a ton to go. I've made a dent, just a very small one. His shedding has picked up again, it is once again coming off in clouds. I don't understand how there's still so much left. It's funny because I can point to the exact spots he has rolled.
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post #20 of 26 Old 03-28-2013, 09:01 AM
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Nature gave him what he needs, why mess with it. When he's getting too warm he'll roll to help shed out or lie down to cool off.
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