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Spring coat change 

What is coat change?
Horses change their coat twice a year. In spring, the summer coat replaces the winter coat, and in autumn the summer coat must give way to the winter coat. The coat structures differ: the winter coat is coarser, more robust and serves to keep the horse warm in cold temperatures.

Why does it happen?
As the names "summer" and "winter" coat suggest, the change of coat is caused by the seasons. Daylight plays a crucial role in this process. Longer days are the signal for the horse's body to change its coat. This begins with the winter solstice. In autumn, the shorter days, starting with the summer solstice, cause the coat change to begin. The temperature plays a rather subordinate role. Nevertheless, the colder, the longer and denser the winter coat. This can be influenced, for example, by blanketing.
winter coat
summer coat
Why is it strenuous for the horse?
During this change, the complete organism of the animal has to adjust, which means an extraordinary effort. Metabolism and immune system can suffer. Depending on the outside temperature, the horse also must expend more energy to adjust its body temperature.
In addition to these internal processes, the animals are also troubled by their skin, which is often itchy due to old hair and dead skin cells.

How can I support my horse?

At these times it is especially important that the feeding is adapted to the increased nutritional requirements. Also, particularly frequent and thorough cleaning of the stalls can help to improve the well-being of the animals, as this removes the old hair.
The be-all and end-all, however, is to support the horses through coat care. Brushing in particular acts as a soothing massage on the one hand, and on the other hand it helps to remove the shed hairs.

Which WAHL brushes are suitable?
WAHL Professional offers a wide range of brushes. Special emphasis was placed on ergonomics when designing the products; handles with a soft, rubberized surface enable effortless work that is easy on the joints and comfortable to use. The products are designed to be suitable for left- or right-handed users, as well as for small and large hands. In addition, the brushes can even be cleaned in the washing machine due to their robust material.

 The following brushes are particularly suitable for grooming during the coat change:
    Removes large areas of coarse dirt and loose hair with two differently toothed sides. More flexibility: For large-area currying, the handle can be unlocked to use the full width of the metal belt.
    The rubber curry comb is ideal for massaging the horse, at the same time it loosens dirt and loose hair. Tip: The rubber curry comb is great for removing hair from blankets and riding clothes.
    Combines the handling of a welding knife with the function of a curry comb. This brushes dirt and loose hair out of the coat.
    These brushes use soft bristles to remove loose dirt, fine hairs and add shine to the coat. The smaller, soft head brush is suitable for particularly sensitive areas.

Clipping during the coat change?
Old horses or horses with metabolic diseases have additional problems during the coat change, because the old coat cannot be shed  properly. Here clipping can provide relief.

February 2021