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  • Do icelandic horses sweat with a winter coat

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    11-15-2013, 11:19 PM
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Foal
Horse is "Raining"?

We have a 12 year old Icelandic gelding. If any of you know Iceys, you know they get a THICK winter coat. I'm talking, like 2 different layers and several inches thick. While this may be good in Iceland, here in PA, he gets hot pretty quickly. Unfortunately, clipping is out of the question, as my mom does not want to blanket. Anyways, we've noticed something strange this year. Whenever we've brought them in and he's kind of warm from running around like they love to do, he starts dripping water. I'm not talking regular sweating, either. His coat looks and feels pretty dry, he just has liquid seeping out from his coat and dripping down. It's mostly on this belly and legs. The liquid is clear and I'm pretty sure it's either sweat or water. I asked my ag teacher, who's been around horses her whole life, if she'd seen anything like this, and she said she hadn't. But she thought it could be some survival technique specific to Icelandics to allow them to sweat without dampening their whole coat and possibly getting chilled. Maybe they're like ducks, and have extra oils in the hair so the water just runs off. But IDK, just speculating.

Has anyone seen/heard of this before?
     
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    11-16-2013, 12:55 AM
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I'm just subscribing in case someone is able to answer this question. That's really interesting..

PS: we'd love some pictures of him!
     
    11-16-2013, 01:21 AM
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Yearling
Our Morgan mare did this, she got a super thick coat in the winter and the sweat kinda drips out. I would say its because of the oils on their skin and hair.
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    11-16-2013, 07:07 AM
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Have you considered just clipping the lower half of his chest and belly?
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    11-16-2013, 07:51 AM
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Foal
Another Pennsylvanian here! It still gets pretty chilly here come January (at least on the Northeastern side it does). What if you clip the chest and belly but use a guard on the clippers? That way it's not clipped right down but takes enough off to give him relief without the worry of blankets. Although I can't imagine him ever being cold with that much hair.

Just a thought. I am by no means an expert in clipping. He may be just fine clipped shorter.
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    11-16-2013, 07:57 AM
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It is still sweat. The oils in the coat will make it bead and drip off instead of saturating the coat.
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    11-16-2013, 08:45 AM
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Green Broke
Sweat, or maybe moisture from running on a wet surface? I'd clip him also. If you get him early enough the hair should grow back in time fore the cold months. I really wouldn't worry about him being too cold with all that other hair.
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    11-17-2013, 01:23 PM
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Foal
Oh, that's actually a really good idea, to use a guard and clip about half of his hair off. My mare's coat is about half as long as his, and she does fine, so if we could get it down to that length, it would probably help him a lot. Don't know why I didn't think of that sooner...
I'll get some pictures today, when we go out.
     
    11-17-2013, 01:26 PM
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Foal
@SlideStop- Yeah, he started growing this coat in late August. Next year, I think we'll definitely clip then, and that should give him PLENTY of time to grow it back. It doesn't get really cold here til late October/early November.
     
    11-17-2013, 01:44 PM
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Weanling
We saw this exact thing on my Mustang last week!!! I thought it was the wildest thing I had ever seen. It was like her coat was weeping. She also has an extremely thick and plushy coat. After a few minutes, the sweat did dampen the coat the way you would expect, and I had to curry it back out as she cooled down.

She didn't seem hot or uncomfortable, and so I'm not going to touch her fur. I know colder weather is coming and she's going to need it.

Next time I see it, I'll try to get video. It does look wild.
     

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