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    Last edited by Corgiequestrian; Apr. 20, 2019, 08:13 PM.

  • #2
    I'm sure more knowledgeable people will chime in, but it's my understanding that the winter coat growing/shedding process is affected by number of daylight hours. That's why you hear of people keeping horses "under lights" in the winter, to prevent their coats from getting long and thick.

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    • #3
      Blanketing won't help your horse shed her coat. It isn't temperature that's the key, it's day length.

      http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/help_yo...ts_winter_coat

      http://www.proequinegrooms.com/index...moth-shed-out/

      All blanketing does, in my experience, is make the fluffy winter coat lay down and look smoother and flatter, which makes it looks like there isn't as much hair.
      "Facts are meaningless. You can use facts to prove anything
      that's even remotely true."

      Homer Simpson

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      • #4
        I have a horse that I blanket all year round. The barn keeps the aisle lights on until around 11 pm. He is just a late shedder. I gave up and I body clip him in the spring. You will not ruin the coat.
        Oh, well, clearly you're not thoroughly indoctrinated to COTH yet, because finger pointing and drawing conclusions are the cornerstones of this great online community. (Tidy Rabbit)

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SonnysMom View Post
          I have a horse that I blanket all year round.
          Even in the summer when it's 90 degrees out???
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          • #6
            Originally posted by furlong47 View Post
            Even in the summer when it's 90 degrees out???
            Mine is blanketed year round - summer he just gets a fly sheet instead of anything with water repellency or insulation

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            • #7
              Originally posted by NoSuchPerson View Post
              Blanketing won't help your horse shed her coat. It isn't temperature that's the key, it's day length.
              How true it is. Shedding is up to the individual horse. I had one that would hang on to his "under belly" hair for ever. No amount of brushing would get rid of it until he was good and ready.

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              • #8
                I have a pinto. Double the trouble, white hairs start the shedding process, then brown, twice as long to get a summer coat.

                Good news??? The white has started this week, but then again, it is going to be in the high 60's not the normal 30's.
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                • #9
                  Agree: spring blanketing isn't going to do much. My guy holds hard to his coat, too so I will usually clip him at the end of March/early April depending on the weather. He runs hot so it much easier to keep him partly clipped and blanket accordingly.
                  Leap, and the net will appear

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                  • #10
                    I just clip mine in the spring. I can't stand weeks of horse hair flying around and stuck all over my clothes.

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                    • #11
                      I have been told that if you clip after New Year's Day, basically, you run the chance of messing up the incoming summer coat. I haven't clipped yet, ever, so have no direct experience with this. And yes, big chunks of white hair coming out of my Paint right now . Also her white patches are longer and fluffier than her coloured fur, to begin with. She started shedding in early January.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                        I have been told that if you clip after New Year's Day, basically, you run the chance of messing up the incoming summer coat. I haven't clipped yet, ever, so have no direct experience with this.
                        I have clipped many horses in the spring, all who have a lovely coat come summer time. This is a myth

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Scribbler View Post
                          I have been told that if you clip after New Year's Day, basically, you run the chance of messing up the incoming summer coat. I haven't clipped yet, ever, so have no direct experience with this.
                          I have clipped many horses in the spring, all who have a lovely coat come summer time. This is a myth

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                          • #14
                            Do not blanket your horse to encourage shedding. In fact, I've never found ANY good way to alter the way a horse sheds.

                            Instead, clip. And then, if temperatures warrant, blanket your horse appropriately.

                            Clipping WILL NOT ruin a summer coat. That is nonsense. It makes no difference when you do it.

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                            • #15
                              If you are wanting to shed out early, you need to put them under lights to help that out, plus do some light blanketing. My lights come on at 6 am and out at 10pm. They will start to shed out 1-2 months later. Otherwise, clip.

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                                #16
                                Hmm thats weird because ive done this before but not over a long period of time and it seemed to help get the last little bit off

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                                • #17
                                  For those persistent non shedders without medical cause: check your iron/copper/zinc ratios. I have a mare that Did. Not. Shed. last year, until I put her on copper and zinc. We have a ton of iron and it was throwing her out of whack. Obviously won't help if it's not your problem, but is something easy to overlook.

                                  Totally agree that putting a blanket on the horse won't do a darn thing. Might make you *feel* like he's shedding more because the blanket collects the hair that's coming off, though....

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Corgiequestrian View Post
                                    Hmm thats weird because ive done this before but not over a long period of time and it seemed to help get the last little bit off
                                    Most likely it was coincidental timing, e.g. you putting on the blanket just when the days are long enough to accelerate the shedding.

                                    If just putting on blankets were enough to get horses to shed, there would be a lot more shedded-out horses in Jan/Feb/March from all the people who overblanket (which is not everyone, before people start defending their blanketing practices, but is certainly many people).
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                                      #19
                                      Guess she just has to be a hairy beast lol.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Rescuer View Post
                                        Mine is blanketed year round - summer he just gets a fly sheet instead of anything with water repellency or insulation
                                        Fly sheet does not equal blanket, at least in my vocabulary. (Neither does rain/turnout sheet, cooler, or anything else without fill.) It makes more sense, I guess, if you are considering any and all horse clothing.
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