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post #1 of 9 Old 08-15-2014, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Early Fuzz and Rain Rot - The Warning Signs

Is it August or September?

The horses here in my part of Maryland are starting to get a little bit of fuzz to them. Even the farrier commented yesterday about it. They must know something I don't.

And rain rot? In august? I'm use to seeing it in the fall, but we've had maybe two or three days above 90. The rest have been in low-mid 80's with the temps dropping in the 60's at night. Sure we get some humidity, but I haven't seen much of it the last few weeks.

Some of the black skinned horses are even getting severe sunburns on their noses from the dew on the grass, then the sun drying it.

Now I'm hearing warning signs of a winter like last years, lots of cold and snow.

Maybe the horses do know something we don't. Anyone else's horses already getting fuzzy?



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post #2 of 9 Old 08-20-2014, 12:14 AM
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Here in SC we are a lot further South than you are but this year has been odd. August here should be in the 100's routinely but we've had low 70's....60's at night. Our horses aren't getting fuzzy yet, but their summer coat is getting pushed out. Lots and lots of little short hairs being brushed out. It won't be long before we're seeing longer hair. And it's early. WAY early. We went from a very cold winter (for us) right into Summer. Spring was almost non-existant. I hope we have a Fall, but it looks like it might be starting a month or two earlier than usual.
(Sept. is often just August with the furnace banked a little.)

Lately some of the mornings have seemed very Fall-like. Totally weird.
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It has been very fall like. I think today may get up to 84/85, same with tomorrow. Some humidity, some rain but Friday we're back in the upper 70's. I'm not complaining, I just hope we don't jump right into a winter like last winter. Fall is my favorite season, hopefully it will be a long one
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post #4 of 9 Old 08-20-2014, 11:41 AM
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We had a long, LONG, cold, icy winter, a late spring and a bizzare summer with some extreme weather. We seem to be getting much more humidity than usual, and swinging between cool and rainy and miserably hot and humid with massive storms.

That said, no fuzz yet, but we just came off a hot spell. I'm really, really, really hoping this winter is better than last. last year it started in October and went till may....
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post #5 of 9 Old 08-20-2014, 04:08 PM
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It feels very much like autumn/Fall here but I like this time of year so not complaining. No fuzzy horses either and I don't allow rain rot so a no to that as well!!
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Our winter seemed to last forever AND it was extremely cold. We lost some azalea bushes in the yard (unheard of!) and a lot of people lost parts of their landscaping. The horses lived in their blankets for days (usually it's just a day here and there and a few overnights.) One day it actually got down to 5. That just does NOT happen around here.

Fall is also my favorite season and I'm looking forward to it. It's been a weird summer....not terribly hot but very humid. And with Blossom on stall rest with her suspensory strain, we haven't been riding much. I'm going to have to bring her back very carefully, but I am really looking forward to some Fall rides. I am SO over this summer.

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post #7 of 9 Old 08-20-2014, 04:25 PM
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No winter fuzzies here yet and it still gets to the 80's often, though they keep predicting cooler weather than actually appears. The last few weeks it's been a little stormy along with the heat, but doesn't quite feel like fall to me. I don't mind a really cold winter again, but I'm hoping for no freeze in September because some of my veggies were planted late...
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My little curly mare is smooth coated in summer, curly in winter. She's sporting the crushed velvet look right now. Makes me a little nervous. The fuzz has never been wrong.
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post #9 of 9 Old 08-20-2014, 10:47 PM
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It has been 95+ here for the last month solid with many days topping 105. Both of our geldings are getting longer hair already. I feel so bad for them! Rio's sway back and is really prone to losing hair in that area when there is moisture and the poor boy has been sweating so much he has a bunch of bald patches right now on his back.
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