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post #1 of 8 Old 02-09-2009, 10:16 PM Thread Starter
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Shedding question

For the past few days it's been quite warm out (in the 40s and 50s)
I have a furminator brush for the shedding season, but I dont want to start too soon and have to blanket.

Should I just wait until they are really shedding?
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post #2 of 8 Old 02-10-2009, 09:40 AM
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We are having similar weather here in Wisconsin. Our older mare has been shedding for weeks now and like crazy last saturday. She was itchy so I took a curry comb to her and the hair just kept coming. Today it is getting up to 60 degrees and then the end of the week cooling down again in the 30's. My thinking is if she is shedding then her body is telling her it is time so I am not going to mess with it. I am not going to go crazy brushing her, but will continue to help get the nasty hair out.
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post #3 of 8 Old 02-10-2009, 12:53 PM
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I'd wait. We still have a good month of winter left.

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my mare is shedding like crazy too but I am in CA ... it has been high 30's at night and then low to mid 50's in the day... but i blanket.

if you don't want to blanket don't start the process b4 all the cold is gone :)

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post #5 of 8 Old 02-10-2009, 03:33 PM
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You are only going to be able to shed off the loose hair. The winter hair sheds with the daylight schedule, not the air temperature. Thus show barns putting (or keeping) horses under lights.

Brush away. If you don't, your horse will probably just roll to shed it off anyway.
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I knew that they shed according to light, but I was just thinking that the warm weather might have a tiny bit to do with it.

It still gets pretty cold at night, but my guys are inside, and then out during the day.

Hopefully winter will end sooner :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 02-10-2009, 09:11 PM
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While I agree with the length of daylight camp, I also know that the only horse on my property who is shedding is my appy who is the only horse who is blanketed.

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post #8 of 8 Old 02-10-2009, 10:44 PM
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Yep most horses depending on where you live are starting to shed like crazy including mine! I have just gotten a curry after it( don't curry to much during a grooming if you're worried about to much loss of hair) then a stiff brush and then a soft brush. It sounds like a lot but only do it for about 6 to 7 minutes or less. Then once you feel it's getting to warm spend a lot of grooming time with your furminator or shedding block.

Hope that helps.

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