Help your horse shed with these tips!
The fall will bring about a big change in your horse – the winter coat! You might think that the only big shed happens in the spring, but your horse will also shed his summer coat in the fall to prepare for winter. All of this is triggered by the diminishing daylight – as sun rises later and sets earlier, your horse knows to start letting go of the summer coat and grow a winter coat. Here are some tips to help your horse shed evenly and smoothly!
- Get your elbow grease going. Use your grooming gloves before and after riding/turnout. Not only does this help the hair shed, it really spreads out your horse’s own natural oils so that his new winter coat comes in as healthy as possible.
- Let your horse roll as much as possible! A nice patch of sand in a paddock or round pen is an excellent idea. Rolling is great for your horse’s back anyway, and the sand helps the shedding hairs come loose. Then just brush out the sand (and more hair).
- Use a grooming oil or sheen spray on a cloth to wipe your horse. The oil will act like a magnet and remove any stray hairs. Bonus – your horse gets some more shine!
- Use a horse vacuum! These are great for gathering all of the hairs that are loosened from your diligent use of grooming gloves. The vacuum also comes in handy after a sandy roll to help your horse be sleek again.
- Keep exercising your horse! This promotes overall health, stimulates circulation, and helps create a healthy shiny coat. Even if it’s chilly outside, exercise will loosen up some of the shedding hairs and make grooming that much more effective.
- Avoid metal blades. Not only can these rust, they can damage the hair coming in. And, you want to be able to groom your horse’s legs and face – which doesn’t works so well with a metal blade.
These tips will help your horse have the best transition between summer and winter coats! Happy grooming!