Tips for Optimal Coat Health During Spring SheddingBy Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 27, 2017
Spring is upon us and brings with it the inevitable for horse owners: shedding those winter coats. The goal for most is to have a shiny, healthy coat appear after the flurry of fur has subsided, especially in show horses. Nutrition is a main contributing factor to a top-notch hair coat.
To set their horses up for success, owners should try the following:
- Ensure your horse is receiving a sufficient amount and appropriate quality of forage, whether it is pasture or hay.
- Manage insects to minimize allergic reactions, hives, and insect bite hypersensitivity.
- Provide calories in the form of fat, such as vegetable oil and stabilized rice bran. One side effect of feeding fat is a boost in coat quality.
- Avoid rain rot, and routinely treat horses for both internal and external parasites including pinworms and mange.
- Feed a well-balanced diet with the appropriate levels of protein, minerals, and vitamins to ensure the coat has the proper nutrients for healthy hair growth, as well as maintaining the overall health of the horse.
Nutritional supplements such as Bio•Bloom™ PS can help achieve a soft, shiny coat during spring shedding season. Bio•Bloom PS is a dual-action horse supplement designed to promote and maintain healthy skin and hooves from the inside out. It contains essential amino acids and fatty acids that are necessary for optimal coat condition.
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