Spring Grooming

16 Apr 2024

Horses lose their winter coat in spring due to changes in daylight hours.
As the days get longer, the horse’s pituitary gland recognizes this shift and produces hormones that trigger shedding. Shedding usually lasts for 6-8 weeks. Regular grooming and exercise can help expedite the shedding process by increasing blood flow to the skin and stimulating the hair follicles.
Grooming your horse regularly is essential for several reasons:
Cleanliness and Hygiene:


Regular grooming helps keep your horse clean and free from dirt, dust, and debris. It prevents skin infections and minimizes the risk of contagions and diseases.
Assessing Health:


While grooming, you can assess your horse’s overall health. By running your hands over their body, you may detect swelling, bumps, or sore areas that might not be visible to the naked eye. This early detection allows for timely intervention and care.
Parasite Control:


Grooming helps remove parasites from your horse’s coat.
Improving Coat Condition:


Brushing removes dead hair and tissues, bringing rich oils to the surface of the coat. This results in a healthy shine and overall improved appearance. Grooming also enhances circulation and strengthens the tissues and coat.
Bonding and Companionship:


Spending time grooming your horse fosters a stronger bond between you. It’s a peaceful, mutually satisfying experience for both of you.
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Remember, spring is also an ideal time to assess your horse’s weight and overall well-being after winter. So, grab your brushes and enjoy some quality grooming time.