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Horse Hair Shedding Out Tips

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Cleaning curry comb

Tap your curry comb on a hard surface to loosen hair.

2006 K. Blocksdorf Help Your Horse Shed Out

A shedding blade helps to pull out long winter coat that is falling out.

2006 K. Blocksdorf

Shedding horse hair gets in your eyes, mouth and sticks to your clothing. Yet we love it when our horses are shedding their winter coats. Like robins and crocus, it's a sure sign of spring. But we'd all like to help the process along. Here's what former forum members have found works to help their horses shed out their winter coats.

Fiberglass Blocks

Slick n Easy Blocks (Compare Prices) work. Except I don't use that brand, I go to a restaurant supply store and buy grill bricks to help shed out my horse. Same thing but costs $2 instead of $5 and is the size of a brick so you can cut 8 blocks out of it. In fact, our co-op here sells them side by side, grill brick for $2, and brand name for $5. Guess which stack never decreases in size? gdyupgirl

Don't Wear the Hair Home

I took an old sweatshirt out to the barn. Every day, when I groom Ami, I slip on my sweatshirt, groom, brush the shirt out with a finishing brush, and throw it in the hay shed until tomorrow. At the end of the spring, I'll just toss the shirt. SherryNE

Elbow Grease

Once it warms up, I use a metal currycomb every couple of days to get what shedding hair I can off. A lot of it ends up all over my trees where the horses rub on them. I do enjoy seeing the horsehair in birds' nests. Rebecca

I use (in order) a GroomaCompare Prices massage brush-works to bring all that dirt and loose shedding hair to the surface(you brush in a constant circular manner and the brush collects some of the loose hair), a metal shedding blade, then the charcoal block (making sure to scrape off the goo that accumulates in the holes), then a stiff horse brush, a soft horse brush, and then a softer horse hair brush

I use a shedding blade to remove large amounts of hair, then a large toothed rubber curry in a circular motion, then a small toothed rubber curry, also in a circular motion, then body brush, finishing brush, tack cloth, coat conditioner. Seems to do the trick.

For eyes and ears, I use a soft bristle Grooma groomer on the face, and then a damp (not at all drippy) clean sponge for getting debris directly around and in the eyes and ears. Then I wipe the entire face with another clean cloth -- pieces of old t-shirts or flour sack towels work great for this. I also have a dedicated sponge for cleaning under the dock. gliter

Bath Time

...I know a couple of people who give baby oil baths. It sounds really messy--I'm sure it is. But you just sponge it on, rub it in, let it sit for a little while--I'm not sure how long, maybe an hour?--then give them a good regular bath. They swear by it.arabluvr

Katherine's comment. This might work, but you'll want to make sure the weather is warm enough for a bath and that the horse will be protected from rain. Bathing can strip the natural protective oils from a horse's coat, diminishing their natural waterproofing.

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