My horse is a very woolly BLM mustang and he tends to shed very late. It's already mid-April and he's still fluffy as can be. He's only *just* started showing a tiny bit of sleek summer coat on his shoulders. His coat was the same way last year and he was *miserable*. Didn't completely lose his winter coat until June!
We live in sunny Southern California where the climate is temperate and even a bit tropical. We've had a few mid-80's days already and even though I only do light riding with my horse he still manages to get super sweaty and I have to be careful that I don't make him overheat.
Typical night temperature around here at this time of year is around 50-60 F. I don't have a blanket for him and even if I did he'd rub it off and destroy it in one night.
I have very little experience with clipping so I'd like to know if I would run into any problems if I gave him a bib or trace clip (or even a full body clip) at this time of year, especially since his summer coat is already starting to show a little bit.
I don't show him so I don't care if he's left with "lines" on his coat for months. His appearance doesn't matter to me, I'm just concerned about his health and comfort.
Also, should I stick with a minimal clip since I'm not blanketing him or is it warm enough here for a full body clip? He's young and extremely healthy. Before I brought him down here he lived in Fresno for several years where it gets well below freezing on a regular basis and he absolutely thrived.