How can I help my horse shed his winter coat? He's a wooly mammoth, and it seems to be taking forever!
There are a few things that you can do to help your horse out as he makes the transition from hairy beast into sleek show pony.
-Use the world famous elbow grease curry comb. You may need to do this, flick off the hairs, then curry again. Some folks like to use a metal curry comb or a shedding blade, and those can be fine in some cases, and they can cause breakage in some cases. I would also suggest not using them over any part of your horse's hips, spine, shoulders, legs, etc where the skin covers bone.
-Invest in a good shedding blade, like the SleekEZ.
-Make sure your deworming program is up to date. Pararsites affect hair coat and quality.
-Since the amount of daylight triggers shedding, make outside time available if possible.
-Consider adding canola oil to your horse's diet. Dr. Clair from Equine Summit Nutrition reminds us that other oils can be too high in Omega 6, which promote inflammation. Canola is a good choice.
-Exercise! This will stimulate circulation and coat health.
-Marry your vacuum. This will help.
-You may consider using an old shirt to cover your clothes as the shedding process peaks, there is typically a ton of hair to remove. And for pete's sake, don't wear lipstick. Hair loves to glue to that!!
-Use clippers to trim those wacky hairs around joints, ears, chins, and fetlocks.
What types of shedding tips do you have?