Apollo is REALLY fuzzy...his hair is probably over an inch long. I can hardly work him for 10 mins before he breaks out into a huge sweat, and it takes a good 30 mins to cool him down and then I use a hair dryer and dry him for a good hour before putting him back in pasture. I need to work him more, but its impossible with his winter coat, he gets so hot so fast.
Would you suggest clipping? I have never clipped a horse, but I do own a pair of Oster clippers, and I have been grooming dogs for three years so I know how to properly use them, I've just never used them on a horse! I also have a heavy blanket for him, but I've never had to put it on because of how fuzzy he is...if I were to put it on him I think that he would get to warm. Would it help him lose some of his fuzz if I blanket him since he'd be warmer?
I just dont really know what to do about his fuzz...he needs to be worked harder and gain some muscle, but its impossible if I'm only working him 10 mins a day 4-5 days a week. What would you suggest?
If I were you I would clip him. My gelding is clipped this winter as I am competing in indoor shows. No, he would not lose his fuzz by putting a heavier blanket on him, it might give the appearance of it but its really just flattening down the hair. Horse's coats are triggered by the length of the day, not by the warmth. Thats why big time show people keep their horses under lights in their stall to make them think the day is longer, it stops them from growing a winter coat.
What sort of living situation is your horse in? Outside all day? Inside at night? What sort of shelter does he have available outside? Whats your weather like? I live in Maine, so we've got about 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and chilly temps. My gelding is fully clipped, with the exception of his head. He goes outside during the day unless the weather is miserable wearing a heavy (340 grams of insulation) blanket. He is inside at night in a heated barn (50 degrees) and he wears a fleece sheet. I also ride in a heated indoor, but when I trail ride I have a fleece quarter sheet for him (its bright orange so we don't get shot!).
If your guy is outside a lot, or there aren't people around all day (boarding barn staff) to check on him, then I would suggest doing a partial clip, like a trace. Depending on your weather, and how much he is outside you could do a low, mid or high trace.
Also, I would suggest, if you decide to clip, doing it (or having it done by a professional, its what I do!) ASAP because you want to make sure you don't cut into his summer coat which is going to start growing soon. I've heard of people clipping late and the part they clipped ended up being a different color than the rest of the horse until the next summer!