The horse's coat is regarded as a mirror of its health. A shiny, smooth coat usually indicates good health. Especially in the change of coat health problems of the horse often become noticeable, because the change of coat demands maximum performance from the organism of the horse. When the coat changes, the woolly undercoat and the long top hairs are repelled and the short summer coat grows back. For example, horses that are stressed, are not supplied with the nutrients they need, lack exercise, are chronically ill or suffer from other diseases such as stomach ulcers have problems changing their coat.
Why do horses suffering from peptic ulcers have dull coat and problems changing coat?
The horse's intestinal flora is often upset by an ulcer and the resulting loss of appetite and weight loss. As a result, even if the horse is fed as needed, it can no longer absorb sufficient nutrients from the intestines. If the nutrient requirements for one or more nutrients are not covered over a certain period of time, this leads to a nutrient deficiency and the horse's metabolism no longer has sufficient nutrients available. Due to the lack of nutrients, the coat loses its shine and becomes dull and dull. If the horse is in the coat change these problems can intensify, since the horse then has an increased nutrient requirement. The horse then needs more time to change the coat, is dull and tired and shows a reduced willingness to perform.
How do I get my horse's coat shiny again?
First of all, it is important to heal the horse's stomach ulcer and to keep it healthy in the long term. In addition, intestinal cleansing should be carried out in order to restore the intestine's full ability to absorb nutrients. In addition, various nutrients such as zinc, copper, manganese, selenium and the B vitamins folic acid and biotin can be added if they are deficient. The application of linseed, hemp or evening primrose oil also has a positive effect on the horse's coat.