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karens
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:40 PM
Is there anything that will speed up the shedding process? I really don't want to body clip my horse as he turns a very funny color...does anyone know of anything that will help him shed out quicker?

meupatdoes
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:42 PM
A curry comb.

Thomas_1
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:44 PM
Sunlight and a shedding blade ;)

Just like this one:

http://www.thesaddleryshop.co.uk/P/Shedding_Blade-(260).aspx

Simkie
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:45 PM
Elbow grease and work. :) More hair comes out when they're all warmed up after a ride.

karens
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:48 PM
thanks...I should have noted that I curry and use the shedding blade on him almost daily, I wasn't sure if there was something that I could feed to speed up the shedding.

ThoroughbredFancy
Mar. 13, 2009, 01:51 PM
I started my guy on Omega Horseshine two months ago and I feel like it helped him shed out earlier and quicker. I haven't changed my grooming pattern/shedding routine other than that.

Indy-lou
Mar. 13, 2009, 02:20 PM
Anything with Flax in it. Good nutrition in general will facilitate healthy shedding. It never happens fast enough, though....

Bayou Roux
Mar. 13, 2009, 02:41 PM
When I bought a new curry comb a couple of weeks ago, the woman at the tack shop suggested some supplement that would "take the winter coat off just like <snap fingers> that."

I said thanks, but I'll go the natural route-- elbow grease and sunlight.

But, evidently, there is something out there being marketed for this purpose.

Hunter DQ
Mar. 13, 2009, 03:42 PM
Not sure how true this is, but a breeder once told me to keep them under lights at night. She was doing it to trigger her mares' heat cycles, but claimed that it also caused them to turn loose their winter hair faster. I use Healthy Hair Care conditioner to spray lightly across their coat and work it in with a curry. My thinking is that the skin softners will help me pull the hair off quicker. I'm probably just being silly in thinking this helps, but it does make my girl nice and shiny, and she smells better. As far as supplements, a company called Dax makes a feed through supplement called Bloom that really improves the hair quality.

Woodland
Mar. 13, 2009, 03:51 PM
I have the blankets off of mine during the daylight hours. Then blanket at night. I have always found that to help them shed out. I also increase the corn oil in their feed to help with dry itchy shedding.

I love shedding them out - But I always use a shop vac with a curry attachment to keep it cleaner/neater.

buck22
Mar. 13, 2009, 04:14 PM
ha, the title made me chuckle... I sure wish I could speed up shedding too:lol::lol::lol: shedding blade and time, lots o time, and my paddock has a ton of trees the boys can itch on all day long, do some of the work for me.:lol::lol:

Texarkana
Mar. 13, 2009, 04:18 PM
Does SmartPak carry elbow grease? :lol:

dalpal
Mar. 13, 2009, 05:07 PM
Omega Horseshine claims to help shed old coats faster. Just started mine on it in December, so I'll see if it helps.

stillpoint
Mar. 13, 2009, 08:56 PM
[QUOTE=Hunter DQ;3945618]Not sure how true this is, but a breeder once told me to keep them under lights at night. ]

We keep lights on at night until 10/11 starting early fall then blanket fairly heavy when the weather turns cool. Ours do not grow a winter coat, or at least not much of one, this way. Also, they shed into summer coats a few weeks ago. It would be a great solution for next year. . . I don't know how well it would work to help him shed out quickly now. As far as a great shedding tool--I have some kind of stone made by Epona that is wonderful, easy to use, doesn't make the hair fly all over the place.

Seven-up
Mar. 13, 2009, 09:12 PM
Maybe this is all B.S., and I've bought into it,:winkgrin: but I have one mare who just will not let go of her winter coat. Right now, all her hair is hanging on tight, and my other 2 have already shed out.

So last year, she was looking particularly ratty, (and this was April-May, months after she should have shed) and I jumped on the BOSS bandwagon. I started using it because her coat was stiff and crunchy and dull; I wasn't expecting it to do anything about shedding. Well, within 2 weeks, she was slick and shiny, with just a few little sunburned hairs on her back. In a couple months, those were gone too.

I've had her on flax for about a week and a half right now, and if I don't see her coat loosening up soon, I'm going to put her back on the BOSS and see what happens. Maybe last year was just about timing, maybe it was a coincidence--I don't know. But it sure seemed like the BOSS was what did it.

deltawave
Mar. 13, 2009, 09:14 PM
Oil of olecranon. :D

merrygoround
Mar. 13, 2009, 09:16 PM
Oil of olecranon. :D

Along with Tincture of Time!:D

Guilherme
Mar. 13, 2009, 09:37 PM
Is there anything that will speed up the shedding process? I really don't want to body clip my horse as he turns a very funny color...does anyone know of anything that will help him shed out quicker?

Light.

G.

Posting Trot
Mar. 13, 2009, 10:26 PM
Flax is very good, although it takes more than a week or two to work.

A Powerpack can help as well.

Equibrit
Mar. 13, 2009, 10:30 PM
Elbow grease.
The old timers had some formaldehyde trick but I've only ever heard vague mention of it, and its not something I really wanted to find out about. But they swore it worked.

Kyzteke
Mar. 13, 2009, 11:16 PM
thanks...I should have noted that I curry and use the shedding blade on him almost daily, I wasn't sure if there was something that I could feed to speed up the shedding.

There is, but you needed to start feeding it several months ago.

Almost any fat supplement works in my experience, but corn oil seems to REALLY work. The horses I supplement with corn oil start shedding several weeks before the others, and the hair just comes off in chunks.

Tee
Mar. 13, 2009, 11:32 PM
A friend of mine swears by Super 14.

Thomas_1
Mar. 14, 2009, 05:12 AM
Formaldehyde!!!!! I'm not surprised it makes the hair fall out.

It is after all highly toxic and a skin irritant and a carcinogen - particularly causing facial and nasal cancers. Oh and it's known to cause severe damage to the lungs and can blind!

I note that some folks have suggested feeding oils too!?!

Many folks think its temperature that contributes to coat shedding and try to do things like covering the horse with a blanket to keep it warm as the spring weather heats up or else feeds them slow energy releasing (energy turns to heat) feed and swear that oil makes the horse shed faster. There is however absolutely no evidence that this makes any difference whatsoever and no reason why it should do. But feeding oil does provide the essentials for keeping a coat healthy and glossy looking.

FACT: it's actually the daylight and length of days that tells your horse when to shed his fur. For this reason, if you take your horses out of dark stalls at 8 or 9 am, and put them back in a poorly lit barn at 6 or 7 PM, you actually trick the horse's body into thinking that it's still February!

If you think this may be the case, you can put your horses on full turnout or adjust your barn lighting into tricking your horse's coat into thinking it's mid summer already. To do so, install safe light fixtures with full spectrum bulbs and either manually turn lights on at 6am and off at 10pm, or install a timer to do so for you.

Several weeks under artificial light will make many horses shed their coats.

Posting Trot
Mar. 14, 2009, 10:53 AM
You're absolutely right that it's the length of day that makes a horse start shedding. There is a question though about how fast the old hair comes out, and how shiny the new hair is when it comes in. Flax (and oils) will help with that part of the shedding when fed over the long term. The Powerpack will help if the horse is stressed by a load of parasites (encysted strongyles) that may be preventing the shedding from occurring as it should

Just as a sidenote or side question: I've always wondered about the practice of keeping a horse under lights either to prevent a winter coat from growing in the first place or as an aid to shedding. Doesn't this stress the horse physically and mentally as well by not letting them go into a deep sleep? I know that keeping a human under lights is one method of psychological torture and so just wondered about the practice with horses.

deltawave
Mar. 14, 2009, 10:58 AM
The light need not be more than 12-14 hours per day to "trick" them into shedding or cycling early.

Equibrit
Mar. 14, 2009, 11:43 AM
Formaldehyde!!!!! I'm not surprised it makes the hair fall out.

It is after all highly toxic and a skin irritant and a carcinogen - particularly causing facial and nasal cancers. Oh and it's known to cause severe damage to the lungs and can blind!


Exactly - hence my lack of interest.

GirlGeek
Mar. 14, 2009, 01:05 PM
I used to have a QH that held his winter coat for the longest. Someone recommended Farnham's Super 14. Worked great (2 weeks), and he was super shiny to boot once his hair dropped.

Going to give it a try with my shaggy TB this week...