Join Date: May 2009
Location: Mid Northern TN
He was hot enough that he was getting sweaty enough for me to consider hosing him down (yes, even in DEC here on the TX coast) after only 20-30 minutes of arena work. Not just walking around, but still... He was also kind of 'dull' because he would get hot and want to quit on me.
Now I can do our normal hour give or take in the arena and he'll be sweaty under the saddle and girth and damp elsewhere, but not really wet, and certainly not bad enough to worry about hosing/drying/avoiding a chill. No more sluggishness either. He's still wet after one of our long rides, but he seems to cool off and dry faster even then, so I think he's not getting as hot and sweating as much to start with. If it weren't for the fact he's going to be nekkid and lazy in a buddy's pasture for a while this winter while I am away for classes, I'd clip more! It's easier to groom too.