Most horses are coming to the end of their winter shed this time of year, but if you have a hanger on, you should try these tips!
Horses in work tend to shed more quickly, probably due to the increased blood flow to the skin, an excellent brush to loosen and then a lunge will help shift the stubborn bits.
Invest in a good horse Vacuum – Yes, they do exist! They can also dramatically reduce grooming time and help keep the coat clean and healthy.
Bath time – a good wash can help loosen the coat.
Naked time – Let your horse go nude. They will enjoy a roll and scratch and tend to work out some of the extra coat as they go!
There can be some nutritional deficiencies that relate to poor skin and coat health. These include:
Vitamin A – often deficient in hay when it's over six months old.
Omega 3 Oils – again often deficient in hay diets and can be supplemented by adding 70-150g of crushed linseeds daily.
Biotin is helpful for skin cells. Dry flaky skin can mean a deficiency. Feed 20-30mg/day would be a good start.
Protein – adequate levels are essential for skin and hair quality. Also the amino acids lysine and methionine could be lacking.
Delayed shedding or failure to shed is the hallmark of Cushing's disease (PPID) and needs to be treated with the drug pergolide. Talk to your vet if you feel your horse isn’t losing as quickly as they should.
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