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.and fluffy cattle. This is a season when many ponies seriously put on their winter coat, but what causes this? Here are some comments you could listen to near horses: "Look, Roscoe puts on his coat early - it must mean that winter will be overcold!
First, your horse's coat is not really growing due to low temperature - if that were the case, the horse would not begin to do so until the low temperature actually occurs, and then it would be too early. Instead, as horse breeders know, the winter coat begins to be grown in September or even August in the north.
Decreasing sunlight is the actual cause of winter fur growing. When the autumn holidays get short, the reduced lighting causes the horse's system to increase the secretion of the endocrine substance that causes the coat to grow even more. When the sun rises again in early morning, the coat loses its coat and produces less Melatonin.
However, isn't it the case that in the south of the country the coat is usually less than in the north? Seasonally, the south ( "closer to the equator") is more uniform in its length of days and experiences less "momentum" during daytime and at night than the north, so that the horse produces less melatonin.
Equestrians in the Nordic countries with short periods of time will be producing more of this. As a consequence, most of our ponies have a coat that is inherently suited to their climates. However, all of them are different and some only have a tendency to put on heavy cloaks. And, of course, the winter coat layer can be very different from race to race.
Some horse breeders try to manage coat development by adjusting the light in the shed. It is quite usual for folks to keep the stables light on in the springs to try to get their show jumpers to spill faster. Theoretically, one could also skip the stall light in autumn to try to get the horse dressed as quickly as possible.
If it gets chilly, you'll probably find that your horse's coat "stands up" and looks more blurry, soft and woolly than usual. The reason for this is that the single hair in your horse's winter coat develops in cool conditions and trapped traps of wind are formed which protect the horse's naturally warmth.
Just as a winter coat works for you - the coat itself does not actually supply any warmth, it just keeps your own warmth within limits. Do not make the error of covering your horse if it really does not have to be. It is not unusual for a well-meaning horse-owning person to "make him more comfortable" and to have a comforter.
On the other hand, the horse's coat should be protected from the cold. The trouble that can arise is that a cover can push down those furs that stood above, and, without this inherent isolation, the cover can make the horse really chill. There are also cases where a canopy is justified, such as trimmed animals, trained animals, older animals or animals with inadequate fur for the surroundings, etc.... The canopy should be taken into consideration on a case-by-case and case-by-case base.