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    Default The fuzzy yakling phase..

    My filly is going through the ganglies, she's 9 months old, has a winter coat like a polar bear. She's so cute and sweet, but OMG, I knew this would happen... but wow, is she fuzzy!

    How long can I expect the yakling phase to last??

    I groomed her this evening, and was just amazed how thick her coat is.

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    My yaks seem to take forever to shed out. I keep wondering in that irish draught pedigree where it says unknown if that means it was a Yak
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    Before she grew that hair, she was so sleek and pretty. I am going to have my work cut out for me this spring!!

    The good thing she loves grooming! She follows me around if I have the grooming bucket nearby! Her favorite is the curry... ooohh scritches on her butt!!

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    everyone keeps asking me if my 10 month-old is a bashkir curly because his fur is so long and he stands out in the rain and then his hair dries in curls all over his back.



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    Worm religiously and give her Calf Manna.

    She'll shed..................eventually.
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    I feel your pain. Sammy is not that fuzzy but it is not consistent. He's slick on his rump and fuzzy in various lengths on his body. We need new pics of Zuni..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by desilu View Post
    I feel your pain. Sammy is not that fuzzy but it is not consistent. He's slick on his rump and fuzzy in various lengths on his body. We need new pics of Zuni..........
    I need to take some photos, lately when I go out to see her the weather is bad, she's muddy, or she's in the stall and it's dark..

    Soon, when the days get longer....

    She's a total yak right now!!
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    I've dubbed my 8 month old fuzzy yakling "ragmuffin" due to her less than attractive appearance this winter. Her coat is something to behold. She has her foal coat and winter coat to shed out and she, my son and I will both have our work cut out for us. After we got that foot of snow the other day and it had melted on her, her coat was a bit matted down. I spent a good five minutes rubbing and refluffing her and boy did she ever love that. And she's pretty much muddy from the belly on down. She's so dang cute and sweet though, can't help but love the little ragmuffin.
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    "yakling" lol!!!! what a GREAT term for these beasties!! I LOVE that one, here is a pic of our 7 month old YAKLING (I swear she is NOT related to Chewbacca!!!), http://willowrunconnemaras.com/Beautypage.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by La Gringa View Post
    Where did you get that picture of MY horses!!!!????
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ladybug Hill View Post
    Where did you get that picture of MY horses!!!!????
    With those horns, they are dangerous! They will poke your eye out. Maybe they're the handlebars.
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    Their coats are certainly something to behold, lol! Mine enjoyed the warm sunshine today, but found a waterhole to splash in, got wet and rolled and ran, bucked, farted, etc. They really looked grungy. My chestnut filly's white markings are more brown and beige and her coat is several shades darker. The bay colt is not alot different, maybe a bit darker. But the good news is I can see signs of shedding! I'm hoping for an early spring. I deworm my babies monthly until they are a true year old and that helps. I like giving them a bit of high fat content instead of carbs (like a handful of Ultium) to shed them out to a high gloss.
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    I LOVE the term "Yackling"--Pretty much describes it. I remember a few years ago we had a really cold winter and the foals got really THICK hair. When they finally started shedding they shed like Buffalo do. It came out in huge hunks and kind of stuck to the skin and flapped in the breeze until it fell off!!!



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    Quote Originally Posted by erinwillow View Post
    "yakling" lol!!!! what a GREAT term for these beasties!! I LOVE that one, here is a pic of our 7 month old YAKLING (I swear she is NOT related to Chewbacca!!!), http://willowrunconnemaras.com/Beautypage.html
    That wet mud look from the belly down is what I'm dealing w/ in all of mine! Pitiful things aren't they?
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    We've been calling my guy "The Great Brown Buffalo" - I think I like "Yakling" better.....

    I broke down and trimmed some of his facial hair on Saturday. It was just killing me the way all that fuzz was hiding his true beauty. I haven't been able to bring myself to take any pictures of him during this phase. Perhaps I should so I can look back and laugh one day.
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    I'll have to get a picture of my yakling today. I haven't taken any this winter because he just looks terrible! What gets me through is looking at a summertime picture of him. I'll post both this afternoon and see if you think they are the same pony!



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    Oh please - you guys don't know yaklings until you've seen mine!!!! Mine live out 24/7 (with run-ins) in northern VT. They are a sight to behold. I have a couple people coming to look at some of them in the next few weeks and I've tried to "prepare" them for what the babies look like! They are VERY unfortunate looking these days - with the 3-4" of hair and "big head disease". I don't really expect to make any sales until spring
    Just yesterday, I had my (coming 2 yr old) Sandro Hit/Donnerhall colt in the barn and was commenting to my friend that one would be hard pressed to tell the difference between him and a Morabshirequarterwalkaloosa 2 yr old right now. She agreed.......



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    I don't place any ads in the winter, and don't encourage visitors!!!! Many people can't look through the hair..to them they just look terrible...so I'd rather hold off on the marketing until they shed in the spring.

    One thing to keep in mind is that the ones in really poor body condition (ie very low body fat level) often get the shaggiest coats. They build the extra long hair coat because they have such a hard time keeping warm with lack of body fat. I closely monitor their condition so they are fluffy....but not truly shaggy or Yaklike!!!!!



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    Zuni is not shaggy, and she has good body weight, but she still has a very thick fuzzy coat.

    It keeps her warm! It was 15 degrees last night!
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