Spring gives us a feeling of new beginnings, new opportunities, mud, pastures, and hair. LOTS of hair. While shedding season is invigorating to some, it can be quite the task for others. So what is the best way to help get rid of that winter coat? Here's a few tips:
~ Use a curry in circular motion from the horses head to his tail. For best results use a curry that is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and soft enough to use on legs too. Apply gentle but firm pressure as you use the curry, making sure to empty it more often than not. A curry is especially great for coats with soft, thin hairs.
~Use a shedding blade for that horse that has a thick, Wiry coat. Most shedding blades have 2 different types of teeth on the blade so pay attention to which works best for your horse. Use the course, large teeth to rid of already loose tufts of hair. The close, small teeth will work great for finishing up after you've used the larger toothed side.
~Use clippers. If you're horse just doesn't shed out well anymore you might want to consider this option. A good set of body clippers will handle the hair with ease and look a bit more inviting than a half-shed out horse(especially if you have a show approaching). Your horse will still shed little hairs, but this option sure helps him do what his body isn't doing naturally.
Happy Grooming to All!