Here's my weather for the next ten days:
Whaaaat the hell, Mother Nature.
Theo is overdue for a clip and really looking like a yak. Like hair that is a solid inch thick where he was last clipped.
This whole area was completely clipped not too long ago
He will sweat and pant in the 50* weather, even trotting him will be a challenge. He's going to need the fuzz for the 4* nights. What do?
I'm currently thinking I will abandon his aggressive blanket clip and swap for an Irish clip to leave more fuzz on him while still making work a possibility.
But with fuzzy ears
Keeping in mind this poor horse lives out 24/7 but with blankets (including a neck rug) and a shed. And he's worked 5 - 6 times a week. I need to get him clipped so he doesn't sweat himself to death when worked, but I feel terrible stripping his defenses when temps are running 20* below normal. Yes I own a full wardrobe of lovely turn outs plus underlayers if needed, but Pony-noia is a thing.
Irish? Blanket? Fuzzy wuzzy was a horse until the next cold snap passes?