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post #21 of 27 Old 06-24-2010, 11:55 PM
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worrying won't help,trust me,I've tryed it.
Being practical and making good choices with a mind that us clearer without so much worry is what could help your horse. Like we are all saying, horses can take a very long time to shed out, I have brushed a horse for about 3 hours, never noticed a difference in amount of winter hair, and then brushed them again tomorrow and they still lost an amazing amount of hair, and kept losing hair for a few more monthes.
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post #22 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 06:29 AM
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I know one with Cushings-he is old, but does fine....I have also had one who refused to shed......nothing wrong, just slow to shed one year. He was about the same age as yours. My vet, a rather practical old guy, told me to give him a beer a day in his feed.....hmmmm. I did, and it worked. He never had an issue again. So, relax, most likely it is nothing, especially if he is acting ok.

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post #23 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 07:53 AM
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He probably just hasnt started shedding yet, a lot of horses I know havent started yet... I guess it depends how the weathers been and their age, is he old? I find they tend to shed out later then the young horses.
Shedding timing has more to do with daylight hours than the weather.
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post #24 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 09:10 AM
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is he old? I find they tend to shed out later then the young horses.
No, that's not true. My 24 y/o shed out before the two younger ones did, and as Always pointed out, shedding has to do with the length of days not the weather.

Citrus, as JDI said, it's unlikely your horse is going to suddenly drop dead because he's shedding slowly. He could simply be a slow shedder. My Casper is like that. It takes him longer than the others to shed out.

I'd be worried if your horse wasn't shedding at all, but you say he is, just that you don't think it's fast enough.

Don't bury him before his time.
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post #25 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 09:42 AM
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After reading this thread, I've decided you're making a mole hill into a mountain. Take a deep breath and RELAX. Your horse is fine, he's just not shedding fast enough. The fact that he's losing hair keeps him away from something like cushings. The cushing horses I know don't shed much at all, no matter how many hours you spend on them with a shedding blade.

I love my horse too, she's my soulmate, but I don't work myself into a panic over a scrape because it is NOT helpful. If you panic, you can't see clearly, which will just come to bite you in the rear later. Horses are great at beating themselves up, and darling, if you react like this every time he scrapes himself in the pasture...? Relax.

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post #26 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 09:46 AM
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I love my horse too, she's my soulmate, but I don't work myself into a panic over a scrape because it is NOT helpful. If you panic, you can't see clearly, which will just come to bite you in the rear later. Horses are great at beating themselves up, and darling, if you react like this every time he scrapes himself in the pasture...? Relax.
This!

It is a far more polite way of saying what I was thinking. Get over it!

Not sure how old you are but.... You are acting very immature.

Yes, being worried is fine. We all are worried. But you have multiple threads about you freaking out because your horse is not shed out yet. Not multiple threads of you being worried, multiple threads of you totally freaking out.

Save all this energy for things that really deserve it.



My boy shed really late one year. It was weird and out of character for him. I added a fat supplement to his diet and he has shed out nicely ever since.
I am guessing your boy just needs a diet change of some sort and things will be great.
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post #27 of 27 Old 06-25-2010, 10:11 PM
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My mare took til late May to shed out totally...

The one filly I had been working with til the end of May, still wasn't shed out when I left...

As others have pointed out, just take a deep breath and relax...

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