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So, as many of you in the Midwest are aware. It's cold. Very cold.

Anyway, Star has started shedding a little bit, while Lucky hasn't. Star has a longer and thicker coat than Lucky, and is generally healthy. (Some respiratory problems, an ulcer, minor arthritis- but it's all under control). I'm not super worried, since nothing else is wrong; well, she's cranky, but I am too with this vicious winter. Oh, and both horses live outside. They have a run-in shelter/lean-to.

She isn't acting cold, and when I feel behind her front legs, the base of her ears, and her underbelly, she's nice and warm. We've been making sure they get lots of hay. In the past, Star's coat has grown in sooner, and shedded out sooner than Lucky's. (Star is a NSH, lucky is a Paint)

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I live in Massachusetts and my horse started shedding the beginning of January. He doesn't get much of a winter coat to begin with though.
 

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The days have gotten longer in light and it is now the end of January.

As long as Mother Nature is controlling the shed and there is no human intervention pushing the issue forth...you should be fine.

Of course I say that completely with a gasp as the severe cold is due to sweep across parts of the USA again starting tonight...still "Mother" knows best...:shock:

Think of it this way... THANK-GOD there is a spring and it may finally be coming this way for many!! :wink:

Seriously, the timing is correct for the pre-shed to begin...
 

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The days have gotten longer in light and it is now the end of January.

As long as Mother Nature is controlling the shed and there is no human intervention pushing the issue forth...you should be fine.

Of course I say that completely with a gasp as the severe cold is due to sweep across parts of the USA again starting tonight...still "Mother" knows best...:shock:

Think of it this way... THANK-GOD there is a spring and it may finally be coming this way for many!! :wink:

Seriously, the timing is correct for the pre-shed to begin...

Yes! Spring is (maybe) in sight. My farrier said something about how when the horses start shedding, there is only 5 weeks until spring... I hope that's accurate. I'm sick of the polar vortex.
 

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The days have gotten longer in light and it is now the end of January.

As long as Mother Nature is controlling the shed and there is no human intervention pushing the issue forth...you should be fine.

Of course I say that completely with a gasp as the severe cold is due to sweep across parts of the USA again starting tonight...still "Mother" knows best...:shock:

Think of it this way... THANK-GOD there is a spring and it may finally be coming this way for many!! :wink:

Seriously, the timing is correct for the pre-shed to begin...
My horse has always shed early.....and yep, Mother Nature and the amount of light has a lot to do with it. He's used to 16 hours of light a day pretty much all his life, due to being a show horse and lights in the stall on timers, and fooling Mother Nature with lights works. But since I retired him 2 years ago, I don't do lights anymore, he still starts shedding the very beginning of January....where no other horses in the barn I board at does. He's all shed out by the beginning of April when the others aren't. The daylight minutes we gain here in MA are miniscule.
 

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Mine is shedding a fair bit too. I get cold thinking of my girl without a winter coat, but mother nature knows what she's doing! I'm hoping this is the last blast of cold! I'd rather take the spring time mud!
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Mine is shedding a fair bit too. I get cold thinking of my girl without a winter coat, but mother nature knows what she's doing! I'm hoping this is the last blast of cold! I'd rather take the spring time mud!
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I know, right? At least then the horses will have fun making a mess of themselves... and I'll have fun cleaning them up! I know some people who complain of spring grooming, but I think it's kind of fun. Plus, all that brushing really gives you a great upper body and arms workout!
 

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depends on how much your horse is shedding out. Nature just killed how many cattle and horses with that early freak storm two or three months ago ?
Watch your horse, if it appears to be cold, then feed some extra hay or blanket it.

We got some badly needed rain today , and I may have to put on a long sleeve shirt !
 

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I heard somewhere- and I think it might have been from the endless knowledge called the Horse Forum, that temperatures have little to do with horses shedding. What actually controls the growth of winter coats and the shedding of them is the amount of daylight in a day.

Therefore, because the days are getting longer now, pre- shedding is due to begin. I think it's normal.
 

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Mine started shedding a couple weeks ago. BRING ON SPRING!
 

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depends on how much your horse is shedding out. Nature just killed how many cattle and horses with that early freak storm two or three months ago ?
Watch your horse, if it appears to be cold, then feed some extra hay or blanket it.

We got some badly needed rain today , and I may have to put on a long sleeve shirt !
I live in MA, so my horses get the full routine....nylon sheets in the spring and fall, and winter blankets 24/7 during the winter. There are 15 horses at the barn and NONE are shedding yet but mine.
 

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I heard somewhere- and I think it might have been from the endless knowledge called the Horse Forum, that temperatures have little to do with horses shedding. What actually controls the growth of winter coats and the shedding of them is the amount of daylight in a day.

Therefore, because the days are getting longer now, pre- shedding is due to begin. I think it's normal.
It is all about the amount of light, but horses in Florida don't grow a winter coat like the horses in New England, where I am from. But we are only gaining about a minute a day of more daylight....LOL. My gelding has never grown much of a winter coat, so the blankets help him simply stay warm. My mare at my trainer's in CT has ABSOLUTELY NO winter hair, she's sporting a show coat and slicker than snot and has all winter.
 

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My horse is shedding too! The flaw in horses is that they start shedding as the days get longer, not as the temp changes. Longer daylight = increased melatonin, a hormone. The same hormone that takes a mare in and out of season (among others). Nothing a rug can't fix I suppose.
 
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