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muffi delaney
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Username: cometrdr

Post Number: 93
Registered: 2-2010
Posted on Monday, Mar 28, 2011 - 3:05 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Just an observation here. But You guys ever notice that your horses shed unevenly?
both of mine go one side one day - Hair coming out like gangbusters. then the next day the other side does it . but mostly never evenly on both sides? Why do you think that is? Sun side? Side they Sleep on ? makes you go Hmmmmmm
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Sandra Ross
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Posted on Monday, Mar 28, 2011 - 9:10 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

I noticed yesterday that although the neck is about completely shed out, the stomach and legs are still pretty hairy. Haven't noticed any difference between the sides.
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Vicki Z
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 8:58 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Muffi,

A few years ago my Arabian horse Lance was very ill for 2 - 3 months and he had been having a high fever, extreme fatigue, skin, mouth and internal nasal passage ulcers and blisters or discoloration and dangerously low blood count.

He was losing chunks of hair from his mane and tail and lots of hair from all over his body. I really thought that he was going to become bald.

During this shedding I noted marked differences between shedding from one side to the other from one day to the next.

It would be as though he was snowing hair from one side and not the other.

Lance did eventually recover and fortunately did not have E.I.A., which had been feared, and we believe it was tick-related (ehrlichiosis).

I'm not implying that your horses are ill or lacking anything in their body chemistry but sharing this information just for the record.
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TheresaB
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 9:32 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My older mare sheds until she's almost bald before her summer coat comes in. At first I thought she had a fungus or something else because she looked so awful. I was trying medicated shampoos and what not. Eventually her summer coat came in all nice and shiny. Sure enough the next year she did it again. This time it coincided with her annual vacc. so I had the vet look at her. Thats's just the way she sheds out. I just wish she didn't look so homeless for the spring.
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 11:06 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

My horses seem to shed all over equally. Shedding had started big time here, and no matter where you stand withing a foot of a horse, you will be covered in hair. My horses have the ability to shoot hair, in clumps, across at least a foot of space. Don't know if all horses can do this or not; but I swear mine can! If you don't believe me, just try going into the barn in your "go to town clothes" and see what happens!
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Cindy O'DELL
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 1:48 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Zarr starts from the ground up.He is an extremely hairy dude. His legs always look like pillars of hair, until he sheds then his trim ankles come in view first and it goes up from there!!
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muffi delaney
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 5:44 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

well both the boys are healthy - must be the side they sleep on or put in the sun. I swear one side seems to loose hair more than the other some times.... but yea Sara - shooting hair at ya... is a good description. When I pet them at the am feeding, I get covered! that's why i brush & curry them daily now. I just hate that mouth full of hair when i snuggle in to them for huggies.
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TheresaB
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Posted on Tuesday, Mar 29, 2011 - 6:31 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

My husband has learned to accept that I'm covered in horse hair this time of year. I agree, it does manage to shoot out. He makes me change clothes as soon as I enter the house and they almost always go immediately into the washer. I think he prefers the hair to summer baths though. I end up with all the dirt that was on them all over me.

I'll be curious to see if the old mare's colt sheds out the same as she does. I could end up with 2 mangy looking horses on the site. The princess sheds out evenly, I'd expect nothing less from her. Now if I could only convince her she's truly a princess and not a pig and keep her out of the mud holes she loves to wallow in.
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Lee
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 - 12:04 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Shoot, what I've noticed consistently, is, white sheds more than dark, and bellies more than backs. But no matter where or when they shed, almost ALL of it flies in my mouth and my eyes!
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Sara Wolff
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 - 12:17 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

You've got that right!
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Lilo
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Posted on Thursday, Mar 31, 2011 - 10:35 am:   Edit PostPrint Post

Hi all,

It is shedding season, alright. I use a fishnet to clean the water tanks of hay and other debris the wind deposits in there. These days there is a lot of horsehair floating on top of the water.

My gelding has a few patches on the front of his hind legs that shed out first - looks weird.

My mare (25 years old) has a very weird coat this year. She had a thick winter coat, even though the winter was mild. On her neck, she has wispy, long hairs that don't seem ready to shed just yet. On chest and rump she is shedding in great clumps. When I rode her last week, she ended up with clumps of matted her in the cinch area, that she did not want me to mess with. I finally got rid of them by wetting them down and teasing them apart with my fingers, always watching her head for signs of discomfort. I actually had to cut some clumps away.

At least she is shedding - otherwise I would be more concerned.She has shown signs of EMS for some years now (patchy fat deposits, cresty neck) - so I do get concerned.

Lilo
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kris morris
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Posted on Monday, Apr 4, 2011 - 1:37 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Windy Spring Day Grooming Tips.
DO NOT apply chap-stick before grooming!
DO NOT spend 1/2 hour grooming dark horse then have girl at next trailer start on her horse white horse!
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Lilo
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Posted on Monday, Apr 4, 2011 - 3:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good tips! I have a white horse and a sorrel - know what you mean! Lilo
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Lilo
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Posted on Monday, Apr 4, 2011 - 7:53 pm:   Edit PostPrint Post

Good tips! I have a white horse and a sorrel - know what you mean! Lilo
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