Not All Winter Coats are Created Equal

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Winter coats are a funny thing. Horse owners love them because they not only keep their four-legged family members warm when temperatures drop, but they also save probably hours of work over the course of a winter that otherwise would be spent putting on and removing various blankets to keep our charges warm. Yes, we love them. That is, until those coats don’t grow in enough or, sometimes worse, grow in too much for the horse’s workload or geographic location.

And yesterday, as I sent millions of dark brown hairs flying around the barn (and somehow into the depths of the layers I woreÉ) during Dorado’s second body clip of the fall, I realized that most of the horses I’ve had winter coat wars with over the years have been either seniors or horses rapidly approaching their golden years.

Dorado is clipped each winter, so he stays bundled up in blankets until temperatures rise

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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