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post #1 of 6 Old 04-20-2013, 07:03 PM Thread Starter
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rescue and loss of hair/wintercoat

We picked up a 20 year old quarter horse in October of 2012 who was very malnourished. When we got him he had an unbelievably thick winter coat. We had him vetted right after we got him and the vet gave him a clean bill of health aside from needing to gain weight. We worked on weight gain all winter and now that it is spring he is looking much better. However, he is shedding massive amounts of hair from his thick winter coat. After brushing him, it almost seems like he is bald in some areas cause the hair is so much shorter. The question I have is since he was so malnourished is that why his winter coat was so thick and long? My mare has always been fat (and sassy), and her winter coat never come in that thick. I have never had such a severly malnourished horse before, so this is an entirely new experience for me, but there was no way he was going to be left where he was at. He is our baby now and will be with us till he gets called to cross rainbow bridge.
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I've wondered the same thing. We took in a yearling filly who was very thin and ill, and she had a VERY thick winter coat that just started shedding as well. She was actually so furry that I didn't even realize how thin she was at first!

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I've wondered the same thing. We took in a yearling filly who was very thin and ill, and she had a VERY thick winter coat that just started shedding as well. She was actually so furry that I didn't even realize how thin she was at first!
I know! Chestnut's hair was at least 2" long in places. He looked like a whooly mammoth I swear. I could tell he was thin when we first looked at him, but once we got him out of where he was at, I realized how thin he actually was. Now, his hair is coming off in clumps and the hair underneath is so short he looks bald in areas.
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Here is my two cents, as I just bought a 24 yo and she too had a very long furry coat....I did a bit of research on aging horses...

1. As horses age, they generally get a longer coat because of hormones, thyroid, etc. that is normal.

2. Horses who are older are more prone to Cushing disease, which as to do with the thyroid. With cushings, they have issues with losing their winter coat and what not....

So any who....I didn't give a great research basedanswer,but it may give you a start to where to look for more info!

I know I started my older mare on a supplement to help with the aging process. There's a lot out there but I found something Valley Vet supply!

Good luck, and.....

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you can feed a 14% protein and 3 - 6 % fat supplemental feed. it will help with the weight gain and the shedding. Also brewers yeast one tab crushed (what I use) and flax seed. you can get it at feed stores or like at walmart . If you purchase the flax seed (i get the whole ground natural seed) it has a nutty taste and i just sprinkle about a couple of tablespoons a day for 30 days or so.
It helps my older horses shed cleaner instead of patchy. Also vit b and e in a supplement, check your feed lables. I ahve seen a lot of skinny horse that keep a hairy coat until they get a better weight on. No fat to help insulate them.
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you can feed a 14% protein and 3 - 6 % fat supplemental feed. it will help with the weight gain and the shedding. Also brewers yeast one tab crushed (what I use) and flax seed. you can get it at feed stores or like at walmart . If you purchase the flax seed (i get the whole ground natural seed) it has a nutty taste and i just sprinkle about a couple of tablespoons a day for 30 days or so.
It helps my older horses shed cleaner instead of patchy. Also vit b and e in a supplement, check your feed lables. I ahve seen a lot of skinny horse that keep a hairy coat until they get a better weight on. No fat to help insulate them.
I figured that is why his coat was so thick. He doesn't seem to have a problem shedding it out. It is coming out in clumps all over him and we are keeping him brushed up. I got him on a high protein high fat senior feed and beet pulp although I have cut back on the beet pulp since the spring grass is in and all they do is graze on about 25-30 acres for three horses. He definitely has energy back and now it is to work on getting his topline back in shape. He is filthy though! That thick hair definitely kept him warm, but held in dirt too.
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