We have a 12 year old Icelandic gelding. If any of you know Iceys, you know they get a THICK winter coat. I'm talking, like 2 different layers and several inches thick. While this may be good in Iceland, here in PA, he gets hot pretty quickly. Unfortunately, clipping is out of the question, as my mom does not want to blanket. Anyways, we've noticed something strange this year. Whenever we've brought them in and he's kind of warm from running around like they love to do, he starts dripping water. I'm not talking regular sweating, either. His coat looks and feels pretty dry, he just has liquid seeping out from his coat and dripping down. It's mostly on this belly and legs. The liquid is clear and I'm pretty sure it's either sweat or water. I asked my ag teacher, who's been around horses her whole life, if she'd seen anything like this, and she said she hadn't. But she thought it could be some survival technique specific to Icelandics to allow them to sweat without dampening their whole coat and possibly getting chilled. Maybe they're like ducks, and have extra oils in the hair so the water just runs off. But IDK, just speculating.
Has anyone seen/heard of this before?