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Leilani Clark
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Username: Leilani

Post Number: 16
Registered: 4-2000
Posted on Tuesday, Feb 4, 2003 - 4:54 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

For the first time my 10 yo mare does not have a winter coat. We live at 1900' and it is mighty cold at night. She is on pasture 24/7. Any ideas?
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
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Username: Dro

Post Number: 7743
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Thursday, Feb 6, 2003 - 9:21 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Occasionally we get such reports and do not really know why this happens. A couple of thoughts are:
  • The horse does not need as much coat as the owner thinks he does.
  • Some odd lighting event, like bringing in the horse early and leaving the barn lights on late, has fooled the horses normal mechansim for recognizing cold weather is on the way.
  • A fall coat clipping cut away much of the winter coat.
  • Early blanketing stimulated a lighter coat.
  • A recent move from a warmer climate is creating a light winter coat.
I could go on. If it is the only problem I would just watch for signs of being cold and be sure I had a good blanket ready, for more on this see Care for Horses Disease Prevention and Health Care Wintertime: Caring for Horses in the Cold.
DrO
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