I have a three year old TB mare who was starved this past winter. She dropped about 250 lbs in 3-4 months. She is now being fed well and making a solid comeback and, according to the vet, is in otherwise good health. I don't know if her malnourishment is to blame, but her coat is still HORRENDEOUSLY long and shaggy. While the other horses (which were also subjected to the negligence of a terrible barn manager and lost less, but still a significant amount of weight) are well on their way to their sleek summer coats, my poor girl is still as shaggy as ever, with no sign of shedding out. (picture a very skinny snuffleupagus without the trunk).
I have read that body clipping a horse this late in the year may well interfere with the growth of it's regular summer coat. I understand that clipping a horse is not a way to make it shed quicker but when it's 80 degrees and she's sweating like a pig (like last week) I want to do something for her. She isn't being ridden due to her weight loss so this is strictly for her benefeit.
So should I wait for her to decide to shed on her own, or should I break out the trusty clippers?
Please realize that I understand not everyone agrees with body clipping. While I respect your stand on this topic, I'm not asking whether this is the right thing to do to every horse, but rather given the circumstances, if this would be helpful for her or harmful to her body coat in the long run.
Thanks in advance!