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Pam Catlin
Username: Pam1

Post Number: 13
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Thursday, Feb 17, 2005 - 9:47 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post


I have a gelding who is not blanketed and turned out all day. He has a thick, healthy winter coat except for all the gray "scurf" near the skin. It's too cold now for a bath, what grooming products might you suggest? I also wonder if cornmeal might work to pull out the scurf. No amount of currying or brushing seems to help. Thank you.
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Robert N. Oglesby DVM
Username: Dro

Post Number: 12243
Registered: 1-1997
Posted on Monday, Mar 7, 2005 - 9:48 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hello Pam,
Somehow this dropped below the radar. I have noticed many horses that have a heavy greasy-flaky skin that seems to be normal for that individual. I think just regular brushing is your best treatment. I know it feels like you can curry and brush forever and still some persists but your horse will shine!
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Imogen Bertin
Username: Imogen

Post Number: 629
Registered: 4-2003
Posted on Tuesday, Mar 8, 2005 - 5:16 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

It's also just that time of year, Pam. I have a Cavalier mare that like all Cavaliers has a beautiful glossy coat. At the moment she is revolting, literally handfuls of fur and scurf come off each day, positively grey instead of black. In another fortnight or so she'll be gorgeous again. I think rugged horses sort of "save up" the shedding as well, it always seems to be worse than with those which aren't.

All the best

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