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post #11 of 31 Old 01-21-2011, 01:31 PM
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I was grooming some horse today and some of their hair was falling off. Like very little but still...Does that mean they are shedding?

Nothing is coming off my mare yet =( Oh well I cut her tail today and put some conditioner spray in it and the mane. It looked good!
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post #12 of 31 Old 01-21-2011, 02:37 PM
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just got a new horse whos not that used to being handled and i spend about an hour an evening with him just grooming,he's kept pretty clean in the stable so its purly for bonding purposes, so he gets a good going over. mane and tail first, then full body brush, then pick the hooves and just to put in the time he gets his mane plaited every night aswell. about 10 mins trying to get sawdust out of his mammoth like coat lol.

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I cannot wait for spring and the shedding to begin! It will be the first with my horse. So I am very excited. I am looking forward to washing her and seeing her summer coat =)
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post #13 of 31 Old 01-21-2011, 02:41 PM
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All of my horses shed out differently, some start earlier than the others. So, when spring comes and I notice that they are are starting to shed, I get my curry comb and shedding blade and I go to work in the mornins when I am feeding them. That way they are all occupied and I can easily spend a few mins going from horse to horse. This way it gets done little by little. I hate the winter coats and they can't go away fast enough for me. I love watching my palomino shed out. His winter coat grows in light in the winter so it's deff fun seeing his transformation to his darker dappley summer coat.
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post #14 of 31 Old 01-22-2011, 06:15 PM
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Last summer when I had Jack, he took probably a good month more than the others to fully shed out. Of course, this is in comparison to full size horses. Pony winter coats are notoriously thicker.

At least for my region, horses usually don't start up shedding until March. You'll see a little more towards the end, depending on how early of a spring we are getting. Then in April it's coming off in heaps. By May it's mostly gone.

I'm thinking because Amber's winter coat is pretty thin (as in not much more than a summer coat!), I expect it to be done by the end of April.
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post #15 of 31 Old 01-22-2011, 10:33 PM
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I do basically the same thing I do every time I ride: metal comb on the dried mud, curry comb all over, dandy brush, finishing brush, face brush, spray mane and tail condintioner on mane and tail and brush out the tangles, clean the feet. With spring, I will bathe her FINALY, she's has lots of white so the dirty spots show, I will scrub her hooves to get them clean and use Quik Silver on the tail to get the manure stains off. The big difference is the bath.

I read that you can bathe horses in the winter, but you do it by using a damp sponge, squeezing it out really well and rubbing (with soapy water) then do the same thing with clean water to get the soap off. But I wouldn't want to be wet in 40 degree weather.

Bella also gets blanketed most nights so she doesn't have a winter coat on the body, so not much shedding.
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post #16 of 31 Old 01-23-2011, 12:06 PM
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That reminds me, I really need to get out there and groom my horses!

I usually brush them out BIG TIME (they shed TONS) and I comb out their manes and tails, save Dusty's tail (her tail is so long and thick it is practically dreadlocks). I will sometimes put some of their manes into pasture braids.
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post #17 of 31 Old 01-23-2011, 12:43 PM
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My spring makeover involves shedding my wooly mammoth of a horse, trimming his beard, brushing out his tail and banging it at the end, trimming (and maybe thinning) his mane, shaving off his whiskers and brushing his feathers.
No baths in NY until closer to summer-it's still too cold.
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post #18 of 31 Old 01-26-2011, 11:19 PM
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At what temperature do you all start bathing?
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post #19 of 31 Old 01-27-2011, 09:50 AM
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I start bathing when it hits the 70s' although, in the winter I'll almost always give my horse a bath once, he doesn't like it in the winter and he shivers but, I always take the shedding blade and run it over him and than throw his heavy weight blanket on him.

For my spring routine, he gets the shedding blade, hooves picked, curry comb, etc.....
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post #20 of 31 Old 01-27-2011, 10:31 AM
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It's supposed to be 71* tomorrow and 68* Saturday...

I would REALLY like to give Santana a bath...

Who thinks that is warm enough?

BTW-she doesn's have a thick winter coat, (she has been blanketed and she is a TB which tend to not get super duper wooly like a pony would) so she should dry out relatively quickly...
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