Once the weather warms up and Spring is in the air, after that long winter, our horses start shedding their coats. And boy do they shed! Especially those older horses who seem to have such thick coats. I always try to get out there and brush that hair off as quickly as possible. I’ve tried several tools over the years and I have found some work better than others, but I still use a combination of tools to get the job done. So, I’ve made a list of the shedding tools I use for our horses, especially our mare Daisy.
We have a 22-year-old mare named Daisy, and I wanted to share with you what works best for her. Daisy is a Missouri Fox Trotter who belongs to my husband. She was his first horse, and she has been such a great addition to our family. We try to take as good care of her, as a senior horse as possible. Part of that entails getting that old dead hair off her, so she’s much more comfortable. This can become a lot of work for several weeks. It’s usually daily brushing for weeks. I prefer not to body clip because our weather fluctuates here too much and I want her to be naturally protected.
Best Shedding Tools for Horses
Double Blade Shedder
I like this tool because you can open it up and cover a large area. Or leave it closed and work in smaller areas. This is all I used for years. It works really well at getting loose hair out. I would go over my horse with a metal curry comb first to get any dried on dirt, then use this shedder to get the bulk of the loose hair out. Then finish with a brush.
A friend of mine got this tool for me for Christmas a few years ago and I am always amazed at how much hair this tool gets off with ease. It works great! Plus, it comes in three different sizes. I have the large and I use it to remove the majority of the hair in the large parts of the horse such as the back and hindquarters. I enjoy this tool. It’s easy to use and works really well.
This is a multi-tool that is a must have in your grooming supplies. I love this tool because it’s gentle enough for the face and bendy enough that it works great on their legs. You can wash your horse with it and use it as a squeegee. It’s got different textures that help work up dirt as well. I would not want to be without this tool. Check it out using the link below.
I have always used a furminator for my dog and I recently discovered that they have one for equines now too. I decided it might be worth a try, but in all honesty they are kind of pricey so I before purchasing the equine version I wanted to see how my dogs would work on her. As you can see it quickly gets a lot of under coat out. This in my opinion might be too much work for her.
Mane and Tail Brush
This may seem like an odd shedding tool, but I discovered how well it works on accident a long time ago. On those particularly hairy horses you can use it on their legs and it works really well. You can also use it on their forehead and under their jaw. Daisy particularly likes this she always relaxes when I groom her with it. As long as your brush is gentle and you aren’t pressing very hard, you can use it on these delicate areas. I prefer just a nice paddle brush. They tend to be more gentle.
Other things that can help with Shedding
Exercise will help boost circulation and heat and therefore speed up shedding
An omega 3 supplement added to your horse’s feed can help make their coat look shiny and healthy.
Trace minerals also help with coat health. I use Redmond’s Rock Salt. They also have a supplement to add to the feed.
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I hope you found this helpful. If you’ve got a hairy horse like me then I do feel your pain. I hope some of these tools help you with your shedding work ahead.
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