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    08-21-2013, 09:37 PM
Exclamation Horse coat dulling?

My horse has been doing well on healthy edge by Purina for about 1 1/2 - 2 years now. Great coat and feet. Well I've switched barns and his feet have started chipping (it's wet season so expected that) but his coat is rough.. not all over him just on his neck and flank back. He's been wormed. Only diet change is grass 24/7 and biotin supplement. He's been sun bleached pretty bad, could that also make his coat rougher?
So sorry for the long story. Just worried about him. Done a little research and only came up with a copper deficiency? Thanks in advance!
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    08-21-2013, 09:43 PM
Does he have small white spots?

Could be sun damage to his hair where he was bleached out for so long but usually dry hooves chip.
    08-21-2013, 09:53 PM
No small white spots that I'm aware of. He's only began bleaching about a month ago, could it damage it that fast?
    08-21-2013, 10:41 PM
Can you post a picture?
    08-21-2013, 11:08 PM
Bottom one is him yesterday top one is three days ago. He's wet but the only recent ones. /: Hard to tell by picture. His barrel and legs are soft.. everything else feels almost like donkey hair..
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    08-21-2013, 11:20 PM
Have you noticed any balding?

Im thinking its the biotin- too much can cause coarse hair and his hooves shouldnt be dry in wet season- they sould be soft and moist- moist hoves don't chip away.
    08-21-2013, 11:24 PM
No, he is shedding more than usual though.
    08-21-2013, 11:47 PM
Okay! Sorry didn't see that last part. I'll cut him back! Thank you
    08-22-2013, 12:46 AM
I've never heard of any side effects from too much biotin. It's a water soluble B-vitamin, any excess is just excreted in the urine.

Living in Oregon, I can also attest to the fact that hooves will chip even when it's been raining nearly non-stop for 6 months. Did you switch farriers when you switched barns? I've noticed that some farriers' trims just seem to chip more, and even with the same farrier it might chip more or less from trim to trim. If you're really seeing a lot of chipping, I'd re-evaluate if the farrier is doing a good job or if you're going too long between trims.

It wasn't clear to me from your original post... When you moved barns, did you go from hay + Healthy Edge to pasture + hoof supplement? Or is he still getting Healthy Edge?
    08-22-2013, 12:50 AM
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Are you sure he's not just growing his winter coat?

My mare just finished shedding her summer coat totally out and she's already got the winter fuzz going on her ears [she always sheds out early in the spring, same in the fall]. The rest of her hair is starting to feel a bit coarser too, but that's just her thicker winter coat saying hi - I had never noticed it being coarser until this year [fifth winter I've had her], but it definitely is right now! Haha

Just a thought. Doesn't explain the hooves but Verona covered that one!

copper, dull coat, fading

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