4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

Shedding season is here and the horse hair is everywhere. It’s fluttering around our faces . . . sticking to our clothes . . . and it’s falling into piles on the ground when we groom our horses. Shedding brings us lots of hair, which gets in our eyes and mouths, and it sticks to our clothing. 

Tacking up and grooming your horse becomes more of a chore this time of year, yet the beautiful sleek coat that is hiding underneath all that hair is quite the reward. Tools we use to groom our horses with can result in shortening the shedding season. So, let’s get this shedding thing over with, right?

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season

When it comes to shortening the shedding season, you have a few options for helping that thick winter coat your horse has built up to fall off.  A few are tried and true, but there are a few new innovations on the market today.

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Tool #1 – The Shedding Blade

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

Traditionally, many horse owners use the good old shedding blade; you run the blade over the coat, and it drags the loose hair along with it.  This tool can be flipped over and double as a sweat scraper. It also helps cool out a hot, sweaty horse while helping him shed.

Tool #2 – The Curry Comb

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

Many equestrians use the good old curry comb method… strong circular motions, and you can get most of the loose hair to release from your horse. A rubber curry comb is gentle on the horse and easy on the hand.

Tool #3 – Sleek EZ

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

A newer option is the “Sleek EZ”. This shedding tool fits comfortably in the hand, and it not only drags out the loose hair, it shines the coat that is left behind.  It is also very useful for removing horse hair from things like saddle blankets, pads, and horse blankets.  This cross-over tool – for your horse and tack – will be used year-round.

Tool #4 – Grooming Gloves

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

The latest rage for equestrians are grooming gloves. Innovative scrubbing nodules on the fingers and palms effortlessly remove hair and dirt while also distributing natural oils for a healthier skin and coat. These grooming gloves can be used dry for shedding, or wet while bathing. Your horse will enjoy the tactile experience whatever the season or reason.

Additional Tips

Be Looking for Ticks

Helping our horses to “shed out” as soon as possible is the best way to detect ticks on the skin.  Ticks are just a part of life during this season, as they live in the tall grasses and underbrush that spring up as the weather grows warmer. 

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

They especially like to hang out on the edges of blades of grass or other foliage in the early morning hours, but they can be found any time of day.  It’s our job as horse owners to check for ticks and remove them promptly. Be ready to eradicate ticks from your horse and keep them from setting up shop on you or your horse.

Hair, Hair Everywhere

4 Tools for Shortening the Shedding Season | SLO Horse News

Yes, the horse hair is everywhere. If you don’t want horse hair all over your clothes, a disposable lab coat worn over your clothes can catch those flitting hairs while keeping you mostly hair-free.

Wearing sunglasses can help keep horse hair from your eyes and a handkerchief over your mouth keeps the hair from landing in it.

Shortening the shedding season is possible! Get the horse hair out using these grooming tools. Your horse’s coat will bloom as that sleek new summer coat appears. Be keeping an eye out for ticks too!

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Sharon Jantzen

Former Pony Clubber, Eventer and Dressage rider who balanced training and showing with getting a college degree (from Cal Poly SLO), becoming a wife and raising a family. Presently she is enjoying riding a Rocky Mounted Gaited horse and exploring Mounted Archery. Her new baby is Whisper, a Connemara filly.

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