Monday, April 23, 2007

Shedding season is here!

Depending on where you live, you may be going through the brunt of shedding season.

The horsehair has been flying here in Pennsylvania for a few weeks now.

Here are some of the tools I like to keep in my shedding arsenal.

My personal favorite little gem is Farnam's slick and easy grooming block. This thing is a lifesaver. It pulls the hair out of the horse, leaving behind a clean shiny summer hair coat.

I use a shedding blade, not on the horse, but on the bottom side of my saddle pad to take off those clumps of winter hair.

A fine curry should be used on those sensitive areas like the legs and face. Even though a fine curry is gentle you must still use caution on those sensitive areas.

I prefer a grooma curry to get out the hair and give the horse a nice comfortable massage. The prongs are long on this; therefore you can groom longer and get out more hair before you have to clean the hair out of it.

The most important thing is good old-fashioned elbow grease. I plan to spend about an hour per grooming session this time of year. A big help to get rid of that winter hair is to also curry your horse after his workout. The warmer the horse, the more he sheds.

Happy grooming!



EquineSpirit said...

I absolutely LOVE your blog! Thank you for creating it! It's amazing!!

Deanna said...

Thank you equinespirit! What a nice complement. There will be new posts coming soon...


Tracey said...

So glad you finished up that "I use a shedding blade" with the fact you use it on the saddle blanket! So many folks don't realize it breaks off their horse's coat along with pulling old hair out. Better to just keep up with that elbow grease, eh?

Deanna said...

Exactly true! Nothing like good old elbow grease. The best part, it's free ;)