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  • Shedding already???

    Both of my horses started their winter coats early, in July. Now my gelding started shedding this week. Granted we have had a mild fall with some sub-freezing nights. But still, he is about a month early as they normally begin to shed in February.

    Anyone else with early shedders?
    "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
    Courtesy my cousin Tim

  • #2
    They start shedding around the winter solstice, so not unusual I noticed some shedding yesterday.
    Unrepentant carb eater


    • #3
      My grey mare is shedding like crazy, I cn get a pile of hair off of her every few days. She's always been a weird shedder, thankfully though she seems fine in the weather.


      • Original Poster

        Originally posted by Judysmom View Post
        They start shedding around the winter solstice, so not unusual I noticed some shedding yesterday.
        Yeah he has had a little loose hair around this time before. But this is different as the hair is seriously coming off. Just as the temps are beginning to drop!
        "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
        Courtesy my cousin Tim


        • #5
          shedding, we are still spraying for flys


          • #6
            I've been getting hair off my mare as well, although my gelding is not shedding yet. Like you, we've had an exceptionally mild fall and only just last week got temps below freezing.


            • #7
              Hee hee. Yes, Figgy has been shedding for a week now.


              • #8
                Tess started shedding about 3 weeks ago. Cat, who is a Canadian TB, usually holds on to his coat longer than Tess. He is shedding, too. Go figure?
                When in Doubt, let your horse do the Thinking!


                • #9
                  LOLOLOLOL!!! Every year, the same thing.
                  McDowell Racing Stables

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Laurierace View Post
                    LOLOLOLOL!!! Every year, the same thing.
                    I was thinking exactly the same thing!!

                    Along with the same freaked out posts after the summer solstice, too


                    • #11
                      When the shedding starts this time of year it makes me happy. I'm not a fan of shorter daylight hours, really cuts into my riding time since I don't have an indoor or lights!
                      ~ A true friend knows all there is to know about you and still likes you. -E. Hubbard


                      • #12
                        Wow...we have just started with the snow and cold here...no way is anyone shedding! We usually don't see the first sings until March!
                        The greatest gift you can ever give is taking their pain away and making it your own. Wear that pain like a tribute to the love you shared. Laurierace


                        • #13
                          It's to do with the lengthening of the days...mine is a big hairy beast at the end of September, and probably would be starting to shed now if he were not body clipped (3 times this year...yuck). Nothing to do with temperature....I live in AZ where the temp in Sept is still over 100 degrees...horsie is still a furry yack. I think genetics may play a role in how thick the coat gets though..
                          I'm not tense, just terribly, terribly alert!
                          If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to be a horrible warning!


                          • Original Poster

                            Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                            I was thinking exactly the same thing!!

                            Along with the same freaked out posts after the summer solstice, too
                            Have been horse keeping for 40+ years. Am used to horses putting on winter coats in August and summer coats in late January/early February. That is the normal routine.
                            This year both horses started about a month early as in July for the winter coat and the gelding is seriously shedding now. Although it has slowed since the temps have dropped.
                            The mare has never had a really heavy coat, even in NH. She normally completes her shedding in less than a month. Including 1996 when she had her summer coat done by early March. The same year I moved her to NH in April right into a snow-storm with temps ranging from 30/40's to 20/10's. Talk about a horse giving you the evil eye.
                            "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                            Courtesy my cousin Tim