Horse isnt growing his winter coat like normal
So I have never ever posted a thread before so bare with me.
OK so I have a 14 year old gelding, whom I have had since he was a baby. And he has always been able to grow a thick winter coat. Well this year he started to get the makings of a winter coat so I thought he would be fine, my other horse has gone into full on woolly mammoth mode, so its just him.
I went out to feed them this morning, and my filly was happy as can be, but Skipper was hard core shivering, his winter coat was coming in but it seemed to just stopped. He's been fine all other days so far, just this morning he looked so uncomfortable.
So I don't know if I'm just over reacting or what's going on. I have never blanketed a horse before, never had a need to, so if he just needs a blanket to be happy then I guess off to the store I go. I Also thought that maybe he's missing something in his diet that he needs?? My horses don't get any supplements or oats/grain on top of there hay (hay is good quality and has been tested). Every time they've seen a vet for the routine check up they have been perfectly healthy, and in good shape. Its just out of the ordinary for him to not have a nice thick coat this far into winter.
So I guess I'm just wondering what you guys think? Should I just try blanketing him? Go into full on panic mode and call the vet? Or am I just being a over reacting horse mommy?
Sorry for the novel guys, hopefully it made sense :)