My beautifull little filly born August 22, 2008 has the most incredible thick wooly baby coat about 2 inches thick ( she is part shetland, part mini) and she is so itchy trying to shed this coat.. Looks a bit like a wooly mamoth or matted sheep, even though we brush her daily.. her mane is still the wooly baby hair also although mom has a wooly mane as well.. is there anything I can do to help her shed this thick coat?? Also, she is still nursing on occasion, even though she eats and drinks independantly.. is this okay?? Thanks Sally
We used Cottonseed meal and it just falls off them. All of our feed stores carry it - people use it in gardens, also. A large pinch in a full sized horses' feed in the morning and at night for as long as it takes - usually 1 to 2 weeks. It starts working within a few days.
If your filly is over heated I would suggest clipping her. I have had to do that quite a few times. Get one of your longer blade guards so you dont cut the hair too short as she will get sunburnt and take your time or she will get to nervous and jumpy. Just shave her down and summertime should take care of the rest, I have seen my share of babies that have died from heat exaustion so this is my preferance as for some reason babies around here tend not to shed until their yearling year. Hope this helps.
Sally... I too have feed cotton seed meal and it produces very quick results for little money. However, I would be very careful in feeding cotton seed to your young horses as raw cottonseed and cottonseed meal contain a substance called gossypol that interferes with digestion. Therefore cottonseed is particularly undesirable for feeding to foals. Adult horses can tolerate the gossypol if fed cottonseed in moderation. Of course all of this goes back to how it is processed. But I would start with just a very, very small amount. I have feed adult horses 2 tablespoons in the AM and PM like Kathee does and it really does put an amazing coat on a horse.
With a foal, I would suggest Farnam's Super 14. It is absolutely wonderful and will put a show coat on a horse in about 2 weeks. Plus it is loaded with vitamins/minerals. I used to use this for all the horses that I was showing and it is relatively inexpensive to feed as well.
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