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  • Spring is coming!

    Not exactly a news flash, but I just got some real evidence. And I am still spitting it out and picking it off my clothes.
    You guessed it: my horse is shedding, big time. He is still a big fuzz ball, but if I curry or use the shedding blade I get lots of hair! We are in CT.

    This guy sheds out fairly early. My previous horse would hold onto his hair until May and I was despairing of ever seeing his summer coat. How are your horses doing? Any others predicting an early Spring?

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    Of my four horses, the only one who just started shedding is the pony who will be the last to finish! It was just a few hairs coming out when I groomed him on Sunday, but it's a start! The others are holding onto theirs for a while longer.

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    • #3
      I'm in CT as well and noticed just today that I got a ton of hair flying everywhere when currying my mare before our ride. It can't come too soon, we're both sick of the indoor!

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      • #4
        Mine may know something we don't. Neither are shedding yet. But then again, we really are due for at least 2 more months of winter up here. (Dang!) Their manes are growing fast though. Trimmed one today and will do the other yet this week too. It's been less than a month since the last haircut.

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        • #5
          Yep, first noticed when I brushed my mare Monday morning. The one who is in a more exposed to the elements living situation hasn't started yet. Also, the first crocuses are sticking their heads out.

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          • #6
            We have the plants starting to bud out, grass seed fields are actually green and my horse that didn't really grow a winter coat is loosing what he did. Poor guy is cold even in a warm blanket and neck cover.

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            • #7
              I noticed some brave flowers and insects here in NC. I call them brave because next week it is supposed to go down to 24 F one night.

              Our ecosystems may be inherited by insects and plants that wait out the first 10 or so warm periods before they truly "wake up."

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              • #8
                Here in Ontario we had a fresh dump of 6" of snow, and the temp will fall to -17C tomorrow. Horses are not shedding yet.

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                • #9
                  If you have a Paint/pinto you know that the white sheds first. Also grows back in first.

                  I've been taking some lessons lately with one of the barn's instructors. I told her this morning I didn't think she could help with a big problem. Spitting out white hair at the posting trot. She has a black mare.
                  "With hardly any other living being can a human connect as closely over so many years as a rider can with her horse." Isabell Werth, Four Legs Move My Soul. 2019

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                  • #10
                    Ontario here. Our high tomorrow is to be -10 C, with snow and high winds. The only horse of mine that is shedding is the filly that I bought in KY a month ago.
                    What you allow is what will continue.

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                    • #11
                      In North Alabama. I was sick for about two weeks and finally got to go out to the barn Sunday to see the ponies. The mare is SHEDDING. She is a wooly beast in the winter, and after using a shedding blade just on one side it looked like we had murdered a few small fuzzy animals. I felt so bad, since I hadn't been out in a while she had these loose hairs just hanging on her coat waiting to be scraped off, looked like an absolute mess. Though at least she wasn't covered head to toe in mud like all the other horses were!

                      Seriously, though. So much hair. I made the mistake of wearing a fleece jacket out without really thinking about it. That jacket is now officially a barn-only jacket.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mht View Post
                        Ontario here. Our high tomorrow is to be -10 C, with snow and high winds. The only horse of mine that is shedding is the filly that I bought in KY a month ago.
                        mood. We got five inches of snow overnight and are dropping below zero (Fahrenheit) with windchills taking our lows even colder. The yak ahem I mean mare has yet to even suggest shedding is on the books.

                        Which right now makes her look the best equipped of all her outside herd..

                        spring what??

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by MsM View Post
                          Not exactly a news flash, but I just got some real evidence. And I am still spitting it out and picking it off my clothes.
                          You guessed it: my horse is shedding, big time. He is still a big fuzz ball, but if I curry or use the shedding blade I get lots of hair! We are in CT.

                          This guy sheds out fairly early. My previous horse would hold onto his hair until May and I was despairing of ever seeing his summer coat. How are your horses doing? Any others predicting an early Spring?
                          It's snowy, icy, and not a single hair has come out of any of mine. And I'm in western MA. But we're close to getting a few hairs because it always happens mid Feb. Not that there will be any real shedding until April, but at least I think we're at the point where their hair isn't still growing thicker and longer!

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                          • #14
                            My new fluffy paint pony is losing a few white hairs on his face so far. He looks like some sort of yak so it'll be fun choking on all the shedding hair the next few months. Good thing I love a good "Before & After".

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                            • #15
                              I am from Northern Ontario, Canada and although the weather forecast declares we are clearly still in the dead of winter (-30 degrees Celsius outside right now), my filly has started shedding loads. I own one of the EquiGroomer tools and I couldn’t believe the tuffs we ended up with! She will be getting blanketed a little heavier this week.

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                              • #16
                                My horse started shedding like crazy a couple weeks ago. It is a insane how much hair he is loosing. I think we will have a early spring - the trees are also blooming here.
                                "No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
                                -Dead Poets Society

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                                • #17
                                  I'm still waiting for my horse to start shedding in CT, but my coworker saw a Robin in NJ, so we're almost there.
                                  "Do what you can't do"

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by walktrot View Post
                                    If you have a Paint/pinto you know that the white sheds first. Also grows back in first.

                                    I've been taking some lessons lately with one of the barn's instructors. I told her this morning I didn't think she could help with a big problem. Spitting out white hair at the posting trot. She has a black mare.
                                    So true. My grey is just starting. Chestnut will hold his red locks til real Spring.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by fjordmom View Post
                                      Mine may know something we don't. Neither are shedding yet. But then again, we really are due for at least 2 more months of winter up here. (Dang!) Their manes are growing fast though. Trimmed one today and will do the other yet this week too. It's been less than a month since the last haircut.
                                      And now I have to eat crow... or hair, as the case may be. Mine have let loose in a big way in the last 24 hours. I am fine with that. Spring never comes too early around here.

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                                      • #20
                                        My boy has been shedding for several weeks now. Not that he grew much of a winter coat to begin with, but he’s mostly shed out. I’m in FL

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