Horse who doesn't shed out.

Last post 06-11-2006 6:01 PM by Sansena. 11 replies.
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  • 06-11-2006 6:01 PM

    Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I remember reading several times about using baby oil, I think, to get a horse to shed out. The idea was to put baby oil on the horse for 24 hours and then bathe him. Has anyone actually done this? Does it work?
  • 06-11-2006 6:32 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I've never tried it, but horses who don't shed should be checked for Cushings disease.


  • 06-11-2006 6:54 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I have never heard of doing such.

    I agree with the other poster, you might want to consider checking for cushings.

    Other than that brush a lot. If you can keep them under lights so you can get optimal "daylight" (horses shed based on hours of light per day). Worming with strongid one rotation supposedly helps too.
  • 06-11-2006 6:56 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I've heard of people doing something like that, using mayonaise.

    But considering the time of year, I would be suspicious of Cushings also (I have a Cushnoid horse).




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  • 06-11-2006 7:38 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I read it in a magazine (equus, HI...???). It helps speed up a shedding coat, as it allows the loose shedding hair to slip out of the follicles.

    However, for a horse that isn't shedding, I would suspect Cushings.

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  • 06-11-2006 10:42 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    Never heard of the baby oil trick. When mine were shedding I just brushed a whole lot. My new mini has long hair on his belly still but he is shedding out from being brushed.
    What type of horse is it?
    Kind of off topic but I read a story about a girl who was given a horse by her uncle that had had to take in a trade. The horse had really long matted hair It turned out to be a Bashik Curly Smirk
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  • 06-11-2006 11:11 PM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    It's not Chushings. He just has a thick, though short, coat. I've read about the oil trick several places. I don't remember if it was baby oil or mineral oil. They actually said to be careful to not do it too early in the spring, as you might end up with a horse with no hair at all. I just wondered if someone had actually tried it.
  • 06-13-2006 4:17 AM In reply to

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    It was mineral oil. Haven't tried it though, but am curious to results! Smile

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  • 06-17-2006 3:05 AM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    I have a similar problem with my "ancient" mare...it could be Cushings, but after even reading the books and other vague information, I'm still not entirely certain what that entails. Having a Cushoid, will you enlighten us?

    My old mare will shed in spots, but some/most of the hair will hang tough until it's dang near time to start growing it again for the coming winter (Wisconsin winters...never a nice thing!) Ooo

    My other 15-year old mare is just the opposite...always looks fat & sassy, and never gets grain of any sort since all she has to do is LOOK at it to put on weight. The old one gets Senior feed + Weight Builder, and all the hay she can eat, but it's not helping. Confused

    Picture a very hung-over Phyllis Diller and the very fat Kirstie Alley in the same pasture....well, you get the idea!! Smile
    Thanks for listening, and all comments welcome!
    Karen
  • 06-17-2006 3:09 AM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    Oh, the "ancient" one has been guess-timated at 25+, but by now has to be pushing 30-35.
  • 06-18-2006 4:25 AM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    Just curious- Did you have him tested for Cushing's. I'd suggest a thorough work up to rule out any medical issues. Upon finding none, might I suggest a lovely pair of clippers. I like a wide blade, number 10, a paper jumpsuit and a mask. A brief amount of mess - but instant results and no one smells like a nursery. Ooo
  • 06-18-2006 8:28 AM In reply to

    Re: Horse who doesn't shed out.

    Forget the baby oil or mayonnaise. If your horse is clean, really clean from a recent bath and regular grooming, and still won't shed, you have a cushnoid horse. Cushings doesn't effect ONLY older horses... have your vet pull a fasting blood test, HCTH? I think it's called... You don't want to mess around with cushings.

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