Horse Winter Coats 101

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It’s the annual winter horse coat blow-out! Barns everywhere are overwhelmed with old winter coat hair. While wild horses naturally lose their winter coats, our domesticated equines need our attention to enhance their overall coat condition for the warmer weather.

See how much you know when it comes to your horse’s coat condition below!

Horse Winter Coats 101Wild Horses in the Pasture

Our animals depend upon their guardians for their overall health, well-being, comfort and happiness. Test your knowledge below when it comes to horse winter coats 101.

What triggers a horse’s winter coat to shed?

Horse Outside Wearing a BlanketIf you think it’s the warmer spring temperatures, think again! It is actually the amount of daylight that causes a winter coat to shed (longer daylight hours equals shedding). The same before winter, shorter daylight hours cause a natural reaction in growing a warmer winter coat in preparation for winter. According to The Horse, increased body temperature (from blanketing) does not help a horse shed faster.

Can fat supplements help your horse’s coat after winter?

Absolutely! Especially after a cold, dry winter. According to The Horse Journals, “fat supplements such as vegetable oil or stabilized rice bran is much more energy dense than cereal grains … and will also help improve skin and coat conditions.” Fat supplementation also helps reduce dandruff and flakiness.

Some horse owners swear by feeding flax or black oil sunflower seeds because of the oils they contain. However, this is no scientific evidence behind these claims.

Why is my horse shedding their winter coat so slowly?

There are a few reasons why your horse may be shedding slower than its barn mates.

  1. Not enough rigorous grooming.
  2. Not enough exercise.
  3. Too much time in the barn and less light.
  4. Additional nutrition is needed.
  5. Potential Cushing’s (or PPID). (Work with your vet to get bloodwork done.)

Woman Brushing Out Horse's Winter Coat

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Never clip a horse’s winter coat! This one is not true. According to Pro Equine GroomsHorse Eating a Mouthful of Hay, you should clip a horse that’s uncomfortable with its winter coat when the temperatures warm up.

Feeding older hay? Your horse may need this nutrient!

Other vitamins and minerals can help improve your horse’s coat condition including Vitamin E, biotin, silicon, zinc and copper explains VetLineEquine.com. These nutrients can often be missing from older or store-bought hay.


Did You Know?

Shedding by our smaller companion animals – cats and dogs – creates another health issue … hairballs!

Yes, your dog can get hairballs too! Help both your feline and canine avoid hairballs with daily grooming along with increased fiber and water intake!



Your horse’s coat condition says nothing about his overall health.

This is a falsehood. Yes, it is not the sole indicator of your equine’s health, but it is an important marker of health!  HorseIllustrated.com offers some potential reasons (like nutrition, stress, endocrine issues and even worms for a lackluster coat condition along with suggested remedies.


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