How to groom your fuzzy horse in the winter!
If you’re a horse, winter is the time to get fuzzy. Really, really fuzzy. A horse’s winter coat is signaled to start growing as the days become shorter. First he will decide to shed his summer coat, so you’ll have a lot of hair. Luckily, the hair is short so it seems like less than the spring shed. Then, his winter coat will start to come in. Some horses are clipped for a variety of reasons, but the fuzzy horse has some winter grooming challenges.
In the winter, skip the gym and head to the barn. A furry winter coat has extra challenges, so you will need to spend more time with your grooming gloves. Your horse’s long winter coat will trap dirt, shavings, sand, dust, stains, and sweat easier than in the summer. You also have a lot more hair that needs some protection from your horse’s natural oils.
There’s not much that can replace a heavy duty grooming session, but may opt to use any of these techniques to help your horse be comfortable and tidy in the winter.
Add a horse vacuum into the grooming routine! Most horses can learn to like the vacuum, and it helps remove every last bit of grit from your horse’s skin.
Use hot steamy towels to remove stains. Thoroughly groom the stained area, then thoroughly wring out a washcloth that’s been soaking in hot water. The steam can lift away a stain. You can also use a tiny amount of dry shampoo or spot remover.
Consider clipping the areas of your horse that get sweaty. Many skin issues arrive in winter as sweat gets trapped against the skin. You might have to supplement with blankets.
Use sheets to protect your horse’s hair from mud! It’s very difficult to remove all traces of dried mud from your horse – which can lead to discomfort under a saddle. Sheets provide a barrier.
Don’t forget to pay attention to the tail and mane – detanglers can help keep them knot free and help to resist stains.
However you choose to groom your fuzzy horse this winter – be sure to pay extra attention to all of his favorite itchy spots as you use your grooming gloves!