Poll Recap: Shedding Season

Of the 1,106 respondents, 866 (78%) said they curry or groom their horses to help them shed their winter hair coats.

Spring usually brings along greener grass, longer daylight hours, warmer temperatures, and the return of insects. But bugs aren’t the only thing flying around in the spring air. The warmer season typically means horses start letting loose of their winter hair coat, leaving many owners covered in what seems like more hair than their four-legged charges after a thorough grooming.

Has the horse hair started flying in your barn yet? In last week’s online poll, we asked our readers how they help their horses shed their winter hair coats. More than 1,100 people responded and we’ve tallied the results!

Of the 1,106 respondents, 866 (78%) said they curry or groom their horses to help them shed their winter hair coats. Another 44 individuals (4%) said they body clip their horses, while 22 respondents (2%) blanket their horses to encourage shedding. Some 17 respondents (2%) said they put their horse under lights to help them shed, 138 respondents (12%) let their horses shed their hair naturally, and 19 people (2%) use other methods.

Additionally, more than 60 people shared what helps their horse shed their winter hair

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Written by:

Jennifer Whittle, TheHorse.com Web Producer, is a lifelong horse owner who competes with her Appaloosas in Western performance events. She is a University of Kentucky graduate and holds a bachelor’s degree in Community Communications and Leadership Development, and master’s degree in Career, Technical, and Leadership Education. She currently lives on a small farm in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky.

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