So my Mustang did shed out this spring. He is actually my earliest horse to start shedding and sheds out before my other two horses. But his summer coat came in long. Not wavy, but probably around 3/4" long. He's always had more coat than some other horses, but was still relatively slick in the summer.
So this spring/summer when I would ride him he was really sweaty and huffing and puffing and I finally body clipped him. It was my first time body clipping a horse EVER and he looks great! I gave him a blanket style clip.
So I guess what I am concerned about is if my guy is coming down with Cushings. He doesn't have any of the extreme symptoms I see when I Google "cushings horse" such as muscle wastage, pot belly, or wavy hair. But maybe this is just the start of it?
Are there any other reasons a horse would grow in more of a summer coat than normal?
I figured there is no harm in clipping him so I tried it. And let me tell you it's like having a new horse! He is much more comfortable being ridden now. Cools out quicker and has more energy. I guess I am just trying to figure out why his summer coat is longer than usual this year. Any ideas?
PS. I don't have pictures off-hand but I can get some later when I go feed him.