Autumn Shedding & Regeneration
With Tips for Recovery
Staying Healthy Through Shedding Season
- What's going on in their bodies?
When horses start shedding, they make room for a new coat better adapted to the new season. In the late summer, the summer coat is slowly replaced by the new hair of the winter coat. This process is a real show of strength for a horse. The healthier it is, and the better its metabolism and bowel function, the easier the coat change will be.
- How can you support your horse?
When the nights start to get cooler, your horse will begin producing a lot of new hair. This means that keeping them well supplied with important nutrients is very important. They may need more energy during this time as the temperatures are dropping. So which foods and nutrients should you supplement?
Horses take in Omega-3s mainly through meadow grass. Since meadow grass is most available during the summer, try oil supplements of linseed, borage seed, evening primrose or hemp oil.
In addition, certain nutrients should also be increased. Zinc is particularly important here because this trace element is involved in the formation of keratin, the main constituent of the hair. In addition to zinc, the following nutrients are also important: copper, magnesium, manganese, selenium and vitamin E. In the case of reduced roughage quality, the administration of biotin and folic acid may also make sense.
Always sure to feed your horse high-quality natural nutrients while they are shedding their coats. Synthetic additives, preservatives or binders that are often found in ready-to-eat foods, have a counterproductive effect on the metabolism.
- What kind of problems could arise?
Problems arise especially when the horse is unable to form the winter coat it needs due to lack of nutrients. This could also lead to infections or immune system complaints. This is why it is important to make sure that your horse always gets an adequate supply of nutrients. If your horse does not lose its coat, it is necessary to seek veterinary assistance. It could be that your horse may be suffering from issues with its metabolism.
Resting up is also important
We tend to ride more often in summer as the temperatures are friendly and the days stay light longer. Summertime is also the time of year when most competitions are held. These high levels of activity during the summer mean that it is important your horse has enough time to rest up and recharge.
- How does "recharging" work?
Recharging is a conscious recovery period that horses need to recharge their batteries. It is an essential part of every workout. Leaving a horse no time to rest means decreasing performance over time.
- Avoid overtraining
Overtraining can happen quick, even with periods of rest. Make sure your horse has had enough time to recover in between workouts. If a horse is trained every day, its ligaments, muscles and tendons have no opportunity to recover. The result is an increased resting heart rate and poor coordination. Many over-trained horses also lose weight, and some become tired or increasingly nervous.
- What can you do to help?
To give your horse the best support, make sure it gets the nutrients it needs and plenty of rest. Making sure it gets enough protein and enough amino acids helps. If a horse is fed high-quality hay, most of the basic ingredients that are important for recovery will already be a part of its diet. It may also make sense to give your horse supplements or special food.
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