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• Pur­chase: shed­ding tools

• Con­sid­er­a­tions: The ideal tool will ef­fec­tively re­move your horse’s win­ter coat hairs, speed­ing the shed­ding process, with­out be­ing too harsh; some horses may find cer­tain sen­sa­tions over­whelm­ing or an­noy­ing, so it’s wise to have a se­lec­tion of tools on hand and start with a “softer” op­tion.

• Op­tions: The tra­di­tional shed­ding tool is a blade—a long, nar­row and flex­i­ble strip of metal with one smooth and one ser­rated edge. Blades can be very ef­fec­tive, par­tic­u­larly on dense or muddy coats, but they need to be used cau­tiously on sen­si­tive horses and over ar­eas that don’t have a good pad­ding of fat or mus­cle. Fiber­glass “slick blocks” re­move hair more gen­tly and can be used on sen­si­tive ar­eas, but their smaller sur­faces mean it may take more time to shed out an en­tire horse. Spe­cial­ized shed­ding combs, orig­i­nally de­vel­oped for dogs and adapted for equine use, are typ­i­cally very ef­fec­tive but can’t fol­low the con­tours of a horse’s body as a blade does.

• Cost: Fiber­glass blocks start at about $4, but they wear away and re­quire re­place­ment. Shed­ding blades range from $5 to about $15 de­pend­ing on their qual­ity and ma­te­ri­als. Combs start around $10 but cost as much as $60, de­pend­ing on fea­tures.

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