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post #1 of 12 Old 03-13-2020, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation HELP!! Mare and Trouble with her Winter Coat

Hey All!

I rescued a mare from an auction house here in Texas almost a year ago now.

I believe she came from up north as her winter coat is EXTREMELY thick, long, and shaggy! But the problem is she's not shedding it off fast enough as it's still really thick and were having high 70s and 80s already. I brought her up to feed her yesterday and she was soaked in sweat and smelled awful! And it was only 67 degrees.. I had to go out during the heat of the day 84 degrees and hose her as she was cooking in her coat.

What can I do to help her shed quicker? I'm already brushing her twice a day to try and help her loose that hair. But it getting too hot for her. She's and old mare 22-23 years old. [

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
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Hey All!

I rescued a mare from an auction house here in Texas almost a year ago now.

I believe she came from up north as her winter coat is EXTREMELY thick, long, and shaggy! But the problem is she's not shedding it off fast enough as it's still really thick and were having high 70s and 80s already. I brought her up to feed her yesterday and she was soaked in sweat and smelled awful! And it was only 67 degrees.. I had to go out during the heat of the day 84 degrees and hose her as she was cooking in her coat.

What can I do to help her shed quicker? I'm already brushing her twice a day to try and help her loose that hair. But it getting too hot for her. She's and old mare 22-23 years old. [

Any help is greatly appreciated!!
Sounds like she may have cushings. Will want to get her tested and will need to get the vet out.

Meanwhile, give her a full body clip
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You may need to have her clipped if the delayed shedding is affecting her health/comfort right now.


Longer term, sounds like it would be prudent to get the vet out to test for Cushings/PPID if you haven't already. Long, curly coat and difficult shedding out can be classic symptoms. Here are some more details on testing through Cornell, which many vets will utilize: https://www.vet.cornell.edu/animal-h...ls/equine-ppid
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*oops, posted at same time as @AnitaAnne and said the same thing*
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Thank you!! I'll definitely have her tested.. We got her last year in April and she was completely slicked out. He coat is slightly curly so I will call the vet.

I've never clipped any of my horses before (western rider and I usually don't ride much during the winter for them to need a clip) Is it expensive to hire someone? Or easy to learn to do it yourself?

Thank you @egrogan and @AnitaAnne
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Thank you!! I'll definitely have her tested.. We got her last year in April and she was completely slicked out. He coat is slightly curly so I will call the vet.

I've never clipped any of my horses before (western rider and I usually don't ride much during the winter for them to need a clip) Is it expensive to hire someone? Or easy to learn to do it yourself?

Thank you @egrogan and @AnitaAnne
It might be better to hire it out the first time. Important to have sharp, clean blades and a strong clipper. Also vital to moisturize the skin and hair afterwards, bath and conditioner is the best method.
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I don't show and don't typically have a reason to clip my horses, so I've only had it done once. It was cheaper for me to pay someone to do it than buy decent clippers. I think I paid her $150 and she did a full body clip in 2-3 hours, with breaks because my horse didn't love the process.
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Just wanted to add another vote for “it sounds like cushings” and get her tested:)
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. . .Longer term, sounds like it would be prudent to get the vet out to test for Cushings/PPID if you haven't already. Long, curly coat and difficult shedding out can be classic symptoms. . .
Excessive sweating can also be due to Cushings, though of course the warm weather for the amount of hair could explain that also!
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I also agree that there's a good chance it's cushings, and to consult a vet and clip. If it gets cold again, you can always toss a blanket on her. :) Best of luck!

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