How do you shed off a winter coat?

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    02-14-2012, 09:23 PM
How do you shed off a winter coat?

As you all know it's winter and after winter comes......shedding off a winter coat . My horse usually has a very nice smooth coat all year round, but we moved to a new facility where it is JUST pasture. The place we were at before was a very fancy training barn with an indoor arena and everything. We had to move her due to disagreements with the manager. We couldn't keep her shed out because of it not having a barn and she needed the coat. Well, now its about show season and we are major competitiors, so we need to turn the fluffy-hairy coat to a nice-smooth coat. My question is, is does anyone have any tips for shedding? Thanks!
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    02-14-2012, 09:27 PM
You can body clip, or torch the hair off. If you want to do it the natural way you can but a shedding blade or a slicker (a little black block works pretty well).
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    02-14-2012, 09:27 PM
The Furminator!! Works great.
    02-14-2012, 09:29 PM
Besides clipping if you're in a pinch, the shedding blocks work great
    02-14-2012, 09:32 PM
Keeping your horse under lights is the fastest way to start the natural shedding process. My horses are kept out all the time so they grow really to shaggy coats. To speed their shedding I hang a light over their feeders so when they eat in the evenings they are exposed to a couple more hours of light.
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    02-14-2012, 09:35 PM
Elbow grease, brush the daylights out of that furry beast. Use a furminator shedding blade, best thing out there for that, bar none. Or you can cheat & bodyclip, but be warned, because you are nicking off the heads of the horse's new summer coat, he will never be as shiny as when you brush it out.
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    02-14-2012, 09:43 PM
Thank you!(: And one quick question how does the light thing work?
    02-14-2012, 09:46 PM
Daylight is actually what triggers a horse to grow and shed his winter coat. Longer daylight hours equals time to start shedding! So putting a horse under lights in the winter will keep them from growing lots of hair.
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    02-14-2012, 09:55 PM
If you are going to use lights you need a 200 watt bulb in stall for 16 hours a day...I believe.
    02-14-2012, 09:57 PM
Thank you everyone! Such great responses!( :

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