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post #1 of 12 Old 08-29-2015, 12:18 AM Thread Starter
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Fall Shedding?

Hi All!

For the past couple of weeks, the old guy Banjo (31yo Paint), has been shedding. Not as much as a springtime shed, but enough to require a rake now and then. Looks like a normal spring pattern tho, and undercoat rather than guard hairs.

It's been a funny summer, weatherwise; cool and rainy. Could this trigger shedding? Any other thoughts? His coat looks good otherwise.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-29-2015, 09:01 AM
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Our youngest mare who is always first to get her winter coat and last to shed in the spring started shedding a couple weeks ago also. This is early even for her. Hope it's not an indication of the winter to come.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-29-2015, 10:29 AM
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Completely normal for them to shed their summer coat. The minis have already started and I expect it won't be long til the others follow.
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post #4 of 12 Old 08-29-2015, 12:28 PM
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Yup, out with the old summer coat, in with the new winter coat.

Shedding is primarily triggered by light levels, so with little regard to the temps they will start shedding according to the increasing or decreasing day lengths. Some earlier than others, spending on the horse, but even my "big horse" has started shedding already. I am not quite ready for this. Love fall and early winter, but haaate the cold and long winters.

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post #5 of 12 Old 08-29-2015, 12:38 PM
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My sister's paint horse started shedding the last week of July and that is the earliest I have seen. they are all growing their winter coats now.
When I have seen an early shedding in the past it has turned out to be a colder than normal winter.
Sure hope this early shedding is not a forecast of another tough winter.
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post #6 of 12 Old 08-30-2015, 12:04 AM
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Mine did really early last year although I can't remember exactly what month. I feared the same as you Woodhaven but it turned out to be a fairly mild winter.

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-30-2015, 06:42 AM
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My girls have started here as well. Last winter here in Central Kentucky was just pure nasty. But my vet told me (and he may not be right) that their coats are shed on hours of daylight. So, as the days get longer their winter coat sheds, vice versa, as the days get shorter their summer coats shed.
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post #8 of 12 Old 08-30-2015, 06:44 AM
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Same here, the old pony's winter curls started being noticeable mid July. I've learned to dread winter when I see it come in early like that.

The TWH is shedding but I see no change in length yet. The old app is starting to get her winter winter fuzzies.
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post #9 of 12 Old 08-30-2015, 07:17 AM
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JC Our horses started shedding last year the first week of Aug (just a little) and we had an extremely cold, miserable winter.
One other year I noticed my gelding started early in Aug and that year we had 3 feet of snow in late Nov. Did he know this??

I just hope this year won't be so cold. But the one upside of this is that we didn't have as many flies, deer flies etc. and this may be because of the very cold winters the last two years. ???
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-30-2015, 11:41 AM
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I've noticed my horse shedding his summer coat a little bit recently, but not unusually so. I've seen him shed more than this in August in previous years.

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