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post #1 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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Horse looks fancy in summer and like a rescue case in winter.

I BELIEVE in thick winter coats and good hay and minimal blanketting in winter. So naturally my pony looks like a Yak by the time the snow flies. He grows a luxurious beard. He puts on 6+" of mane and his tail floofs. He's basically a thelwell pony entirely by october and he maintains this look through the winter.

Summer he is shiny and deep blood bay with all the pizzaz of a show horse. He looks incredible and well kept.

So we go from this dramatic transition from presentable dressage pair to shaggy kid on a pony wrapped in sweaters that rides around bareback. In theory this should not impact us. But I think it's kinda like feeling beautiful in your favorite dress. I want him kept naturally in the winter (full fluffy coat, minimal blanketting) but I also wished we would look less..... Well scruffy.
The most logical conclusion is that I move to Florida. The more applicable conclusion is i get over myself.


What does everyone do to keep their creatures mildly presentable in winter? Or do you suck it up and go full fluff.
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post #2 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 03:13 PM
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I think he looks cute in the winter!
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post #3 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 03:20 PM
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The most logical conclusion is that I move to Florida.

I hate to burst your bubble, but that won't solve your problem


Ok, I don't live in Florida, but MS is plenty hot, humid and buggy. My mare (who has 24/7 access to her stall with a fan ) looks like a rescue case in summer. Bleached coat, bug bites, hair rubbed off, cuts and scratches all over, because she tries to squeeze through raspberry (and whatnot) thickets...




Edited to add: He is absolutely adorable in his fluffies. Even though I expected more fluff after your description
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post #4 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 03:29 PM
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Full fluff baybee! I don't blanket, I don't stall, my horses' shelters are stands of fir trees. The only picture I could find quickly is my Christmas picture taken on Christmas day and it was about minus 10 C. Then one taken in the summer.
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post #5 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 03:38 PM
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To provide insulation, the hair has to trap a layer of air around the skin, so he must be fluffy to keep warm. The only thing I can think of is more brushing to minimize matting (and maximize air trapping). I don't think a fluffy pony looks neglected...only a matted one gives that impression. Not easy, because around that time of the year, there is lots of mud to roll in... But then, I also feel that horses don't roll in the mud because they want the mud on them, but because of what the mud does when it dries and falls off. So your brushing out the mud is actually a win-win, just as long as you can accept that he will roll again - soon.
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post #6 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 04:07 PM
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I was expecting draft hoof woolies all over. I think he looks wonderful summer and winter.Very well kept gent.
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post #7 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 04:56 PM
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I live in southeast Texas and my Arabs get woolier than that in the winter!
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post #8 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 05:17 PM
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My gelding in summer and winter. like his summer look better for sure,an ugly hairy yak in winter.
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post #9 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 05:31 PM
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Thunder's definitely the wooliest for me Ö it's not even a contest lol. I just sort of give up between Christmas and March - it's so, so freakin cold around here (20 to 40 degrees below zero, most of the time, with wild chills that can literally kill a person) so I don't do much riding or driving, and just let the horses be horses. I will occasionally attempt to tame the thicket that is Thunder's pelt, but usually whatever he lays in dries like concrete and the only option is to cut the hair, which I obviously am reluctant to do. Thunder has an emergency blanket that I'll throw on if it dips below -35 or so, or if the wind is really bad, but mostly he goes nekked during the winter since he's so fluffy. Dreams, being the princess that he is, starts shivering at 40 above so he's blanketed all winter unless I'm grooming or riding - and even then, I usually throw on a fleece butt warmer so his back and rump will be mostly kinda warm.

Pics of winter woolies and summer sleekies. : )

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post #10 of 43 Old 07-16-2019, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Well I suppose I should just content myself with the fluff. Really enjoying the dichotomy of fluff to sleek everyone is posting. Its a unique perspective


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