Anyway, I was really looking at Aires' winter coat yesterday and noticed that he has a double coat. He's got the longer guard hairs associated with a normal winter coat, but then he's got downy fluff under that. It was seriously like looking at my aussie/st bernard's winter coat, only not quite as long. My old gelding (who was 3/4 arab and 1/4 saddlebred) only ever got the longer guard hairs, never the downy undercoat. Looking at his winter coat was basically like looking at his regular coat, just longer.
So, has anyone dealt with a double coat like Aires'? Is it normal for half-drafts (or full drafts) to have a double coat? When it comes spring and he sheds out, will it shed out like a normal winter coat, or will I have to do anything special to remove it? I got him in May, so his winter coat had already shed out completely (it was already in the 70s to 80s when I got him), and the BO (who sold me Aires) said he's never seen his coat get like it is right now before. The BO even said that Liberty, the full Percheron filly that came from the same farm that Aires did, has never gotten a coat as thick as Aires' is right now.
I guess it's nice 'cuz I won't have to worry about blanketing him...unless it's to keep mud off him. I swear he lays in the muddiest place he can find (especially now that his coat is all long and fluffy), just to aggravate me.