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post #11 of 21 Old 10-25-2019, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah he was the one who was diagnosed with Lyme earlier this year. I called some of previous owners, that are listed on his AQHA papers. Apparently his dam for what ever reason, stopped growing winter coat at the same age he is. Her coat got less an less as the years went on.

Previous owner said leaving blanket off or not blanketing. Probably won't change how much hair he grows.

They aren't in barn they stay outside, only in when weather is bad. Has to be pretty bad for me to bring them in.

He's due to get feet done, Farrier will be here this afternoon. He grew a lot of foot really fast. So his toes are long he seems to go back , to standing underneath himself. Need to change trim cycle to 5 weeks.

Honestly he's doing really good since diet change.
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post #12 of 21 Old 10-25-2019, 05:42 PM
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Has he been checked for thyroid issues? Something to look into next time your vet is out, especially with all his other autoimmune stuff going on.
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post #13 of 21 Old 10-25-2019, 10:13 PM
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I would keep the barn lights off at all times. Leaving the lights on is used to prevent a winter coat in show horses.
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post #14 of 21 Old 10-26-2019, 12:23 AM Thread Starter
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He's not in barn he lives outside for most part. No thyroid has never been checked vet never felt it was necessary. .being he's 6 years old. Vet won't be out again till next spring.

He's blanketed for the night, was cold after our ride today. Got little sweaty once we got home he was shivering a bit.

Farrier came an said he's lost weight and isn't healthy looking. I thought he looks good. Maybe I'm not seeing it because I look at him every day? ? Also commented on how calm quiet he was, so he has calmed down. Usually he's not well behaved for farrier.

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Leaving him unblanketed when temps are in high 30s at night, doesn't work. He was shivering cold this morning.

And he's shedding what coat he has, had to brush him off. Before putting on his blanket he was full of mud.

He's NOT under lights or in barn, I'd rather he grow a winter coat.

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post #16 of 21 Old 10-27-2019, 04:03 PM
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Sadly, your horse sounds like he has something seriously wrong with his endocrine system.
Unless you see a new coat fuzz already in place, at this time of the year Mother Nature does not steal a coat from a animal that is preparing for frigid temperatures and inclement weather.
My horses have developed heavy coats here in Florida..to heavy with temps in the mid to upper 80's they sweat, and are damp daily = stinky.
Thankfully we can hose the sweat off as it is a fly attractant we don't need to invite more pests.


I think I would be calling the vet in and if they side-step your concern ask for a referral to a university/teaching facility and get some answers quickly.
Something is not right if he is balding not getting a thick coat...
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post #17 of 21 Old 10-27-2019, 08:23 PM
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If his dam stopped growing a winter coat at his age, and he's losing hair, then you need to blanket. He isn't going to be able to stay warm by himself. I agree with @horselovinguy about having a vet check, but if you can't afford that right now, invest in some extra blankets. Harley, our old guy, gets colder than my other two, but with respiratory issues in the past, I don't like to shut him in, so I blanket heavily instead. Right now I'll put a fleece or a rain sheet on him at night when it goes below freezing. But I have a multitude of blankets on standby. The fleece cooler can be used as a liner under a rainsheet or winter blanket. I also have an actual winter blanket liner too. I find people sell them used pretty cheaply when they realize they never use them. I do use mine, but only a few times a year, in the coldest weather. I also bought a neck piece that attaches with velcro - you can get the ones that go over the ears which I think would be even better because it would stay in place more. You can even get winter socks from Sox for horses. We have the summer ones to help prevent scratches, but they have winter ones. You just slip them on over the hooves.

You may also have to keep him in some of the time.
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I can sure ask vet about it. Previous owner said dam stopped growing much of a winter coat. I do have a few different weight blankets and a liner. Plus two turnout sheets. Also a wool cooler so can use that as a liner also.

Have a neck cover I can use don't own a hood though. I did take a closer look at what is shedding out. It's the longer hair has a patch where it looks shed out. So coat is just the shorter hair, not summer slick.

It's not the color of his summer coat it's lighter palomino a creamy color. He's in a heavy weight blanket ,temperature is 37 degrees. Left off neck cover for now. He's got a big pile of hay, so can eat all he wants. Will make sure he doesn't run out of hay.

He's on the lean side blanket straps are as short as they go. An still to loose that and cinch on saddle, are indicators of weight loss or gain. Cinch on saddle is on third hole. When he a bit heavier it's on bottom hole.

He does seem to feel really good though, not acting off in anyway. Eating really well licking feed pan clean both Am & Pm. Not being picky about feed that's a first well since I've owned him.

I'll bring him in barn if it gets real windy with sub zero temps. Will call vet in morning though. Can haul to vet so makes it a bit cheaper. Just a exam fee and very small office visit charge.Then whatever else is done test wise.

Knowing his dams history don't know if it's a huge worry about winter coat. Its a worry about keeping him warm enough. Reason I posted.
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Yeah, gotcha. There may well be nothing you can do. I don't know anything about horses that don't grow a winter coat since I have three grizzlies in my backyard. If he seems happy, is eating well, and feels good otherwise, I'd just try to keep him warm. Sounds like you're doing that.

I did have the vet do Harley's metabolic profile last fall, just because of his age, and his thyroid was underactive which was causing him to gain weight. He was on a thyroid med for about three to four months last winter, lost some weight, and looks great. The problem seems to be solved since he is not re-gaining the weight and the vet was happy. I think the whole metabolic profile testing cost me about 60$, but that wasn't counting the vet call. But I'd ask first what could cause a horse not to grow a winter coat. Maybe whatever caused his dam not to grow one is actually something treatable.
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@Acadianartist Thanks I'll look into doing the metabolic profile. He's young yet only 6 years old ,but guess it doesn't hurt to check. Vet charges 75 for a metabolic profile 30 for office visit if I haul horse to clinic.

Maybe he just slow to hair up I can only hope. He has some coat but not enough to keep him warm. Without help from blankets an neck cover. This is a first for me having a horse not get enough winter coat. Cinder is a hairy yak already.

It's officially getting cold high in 30s lows in mid 20s. Had to put tank heater in water trough today.
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