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        05-03-2011, 10:23 PM
    Gunnar is a catch 22. He sweats rediculously and takes forever to dry but it isn't long enough to clip. It lays flat and just makes him hot and miserable.
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        05-03-2011, 10:29 PM
    My farrier swears by it. Just a can or bottle poured in their feed every day for a week is supposed to do the trick. I tried it last year but I think I started too early because I didn't see much in the way of results. My one mare just has such a heavy coat it takes a good 2 months to shed out. I was hoping to hurry her along. Maybe now is a good time to try again this year.

    Also, shedding is based on hours of daylight, not the temps. Same with when the get their winter coat. When days get shorter, they start growing their winter coats. Of course the thickness of coat is somewhat regulated by temps. I mean, generally, a horse in Florida won't get the same kind of coat in winter that a horse in Minnesota will get.
        05-04-2011, 12:02 AM
    You're right about that, but there's probably a decent reason for a horse to keep his coat if the hours of the day aren't long enough to cause them to shed it all.

    In April/May we can still get significantly cool temps up here. The days still aren't all that long and both my horses have somewhat of a coat. I'm glad they do because it was 34 degrees last night. There is probably a rhyme to that reason. Generally when the days are shorter it's cooler, so horses need more of a coat.
        05-04-2011, 12:04 AM
    Originally Posted by franknbeans    
    Well, I had one in MD years ago-sweating his butt off and just not shedding. Abnormal, truly, but it was the first season I had him. I put it in his feed, he wasn't particular about temp as I recall.

    Right - but that is not the common horse posted about here that everyone wants to shed out already.

    With my guy, I will certainly help with a curry comb but I am not looking to force the issue so he looks pretty again.
        05-04-2011, 12:16 AM
    I agree with Alex. Unless there's some pressing matter, there's probably a darn good reason your horse still has his winter jammies.
        05-04-2011, 01:46 PM
    Last year my old guy still had some winter coat left in July, but I don't think i'm going to give him any beer, he's so old his organs may not be able to handle it like a younger horse could
        05-04-2011, 06:18 PM
    I have never heard of beer helping horses shed I have only heard of people giving it to their horses for weight.

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