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  1. #1
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    Default Is this normal?

    We live in a state where it's cold now and the horses are blanketed. they go out every day for 8-10 hours, except when it's really, really bad weather. there are a couple of horses (TBs) who are shedding already...alot. these horses, like i said, are blanketed with heavy winter blankets. is this normal?



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    lots of shedding going on here in New England already...



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    Mine are shedding and its been highs in the low 40s here with windchill of 32 to 38 and night lows in 20s. They are also blanketed.
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    Totally normal. My horse has been shedding for about a month. It was 5 degrees here yesterday.



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    Shedding has more to do with the change in light than the daily temp.


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    They primarily shed based on 2 factors - the amount of daylight and the temperature. The temperature shedding seems to be 1-2 days after they feel warm, so they may be shedding heavily on a cool day just after a warm spell.



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    Of course it's normal! It's March! Lots of daylight now - and that is what triggers shedding, not the temperature. But, like everything, it varies. My TB is shedding like a maniac; my mini as well. My paint mare isn't shedding much yet. I am not sure why...but it will happen, and soon!

    One reason I hate blanketing is because the blankets get covered with hair! But if they need one, they will get one...because it's not very warm yet.

    It was 26F last night here in NY.



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    Yepper, days are getting longer which means shedding season is here.



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    Totally normal. Mine started shedding mid-Feb once the days got longer. It was so light out this morning that I thought I was late to work. I guess I have not been paying a lot of attention.

    My mare is really only shedding a lot from her back to her hindend. Not so much neck and chest and the left side more than the right. Weird.



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    It also seems like the lighter colored coats seem to shed out first (or the white markings go before the rest). There's a varnish appy at the barn that completely defuzzes before everyone else. I'd swear his hair is in just about every local spring birds nest!



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    25 here and our horses are shedding!
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    I expect mine completely shed out by mid May!!!
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    My gelding was shedding back in December...mainly because he was in a stall for most of the time and had a blanket liner on under his turnout. Now that he's out in a paddock 24/7, with just a turnout, the shedding has decreased.



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    Shedding is more affected by the length of the day (number of daylight hours) rather than the temperature.
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