"Oily" type fur
I have a random question I've been meaning to ask. I have my three horses, plus I handle maybe about 10 more at the barn now and then. At our last place there were another 10 or so I regularly handled.
Out of all of these horses, only my Pony has what I would call "oily" fur. I can explain this if you have some experience with animal fur. Normal horse hair feels, to me, like a cross between cow hair and rabbit hair. It is a thick dry type fur. Pony's fur is more like a cross between cow hair and mink hair -- it is shiny and has a sort of oily feel to it. I think this is part of why he's always so clean, and even though he has a nice tail and a super thick mane, I rarely have to comb stuff out of there or even really curry him. It seems to me that the oiliness of his fur just sort of sheds dirt and mud. Maybe this is also why he always smells so good? It's probably also part of the reason he's so shiny.
Does anyone else know what I'm talking about? He's not actually oily, LOL, just that his hair feels rich like mink fur.
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