01-08-2010, 08:53 AM
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Winter Coat or abscence thereof...
Frida gets turned out everyday from 6AM to 3:30. The temps here have ranged from 60 degrees to 9 degrees since October. Before I got her she was turned out 24/7 with just a run-in shed. She's an Arab/Paint, age 5. I expected her to grow a real furry coat so I left the blankets off until right after Thanksgiving, because she virtually has very little winter coat. Her face got shaggy, but the only extra hair I see is on her shoulders, a pitiful amount. Is there any reason she didn't grow one? I do groom her quite a bit, (she's half-white) at least once a day. She's fed 2 scoops of grain, unlimited hay, and a supplement of biotin and flax. Her coat is very silky, shiny and fine, not dull or unhealthy by any standards. Now that temps are around 20 degrees she's in a medium weight blanket with a neck cover and a shoulder guard, and the barn manager leaves it on all the time because she remarks about her being almost naked. Is this just baby hair? Should I do something differently? Thanks