As Winter loosens its grip and the days grow longer, your horse will begin to shed their thick Winter coat, leaving a sleek and shiny Summer coat underneath. This seasonal transformation can be a beautiful sight to behold, but it also means it’s time for some serious grooming to help your horse shed efficiently and comfortably.  
Why Does Deshedding Matter?
Shedding is a natural process for horses, brought on by the increasing daylight hours as the warmer weather approaches. As a responsible horse owner, helping your horse shed effectively is essential for several reasons: 
  1. Comfort
    A heavy winter coat can be uncomfortable for your horse in rising temperatures. Shedding helps your horse stay cool and comfortable as the weather warms up. 

  2. Health 
    A thick winter coat can trap moisture and sweat against your horse’s skin, increasing the risk of skin issues and fungal infections. Proper shedding helps prevent these problems!  

  3. Grooming & Bonding 
    Grooming your horse during the shedding process isn’t just about aesthetics. It’s an opportunity to bond with your horse and check for any skin issues, injuries, and any other health concerns. 
The Essentials in Deshedding Tools 
To help your horse shed from their winter coat effectively, you’ll need the right tools.  
  1. Shedding Blade 
    The most important tool for deshedding is a good-quality shedding blade. Shedding blades are designed to remove dirt and debris from your horse’s coat while also helping to break up the hairs that are ready to shed. Look for a shedding blade with a good, sharp edge that won’t easily become dull. 

  2. Curry Comb 
    Another essential deshedding tool is a curry comb. A curry comb will help to loosen the hair and dirt that is stuck in your horse’s coat. Look for a curry comb with rubber or plastic bristles that won’t scratch or irritate your horse’s skin. 
  3. Shedding Gloves 
    The Shedding Glove: This is a glove with a rubberized finish that can be used to massage your horse's coat. It's designed to loosen dirt and debris from the coat without damaging the hair. 

  4. Shedding Block 
    A shedding block is designed to help scrape away loose hair and dirt from the coat of your horse. It features raised rubber bumps on all 4 surface that will not irritate your horse's skin for easy hair removal. 
At Greg Grant Saddlery, we carry all of the essential deshedding tools you need to get your horse ready for the spring season. From shedding blades and curry combs to dandy brushes and body brushes, we have everything you need to make sure your horse is shedding correctly and looking their best. Stop by today to pick up all of the deshedding tools you need for the spring season.