Well, as I came down today (again, it's too icy to ride - we have those spells of sleet or snow, warmth, then melting and refreezing - it's so awful, but there's still a nice block of time that I'd have spent at the barn anyway, so why not go?) it turns out Toby is a) still there (yay!) and b) might not be sold, because apparently the people made an offer on him and seem to have gone to radio silence? I have no idea what's going on, but I was glad to see him again and will make the most of whatever more days, whether or not he's sold. He is not likely to ever be my horse (even leasing a horse is well down the road for me), but if he was sold, he is bound to make someone very happy (he certainly makes everyone at the barn happy). So, he got groomed, as best can be done when his favorite hobby seems to be rolling in filth. Bless him. As for shedding - they are only *starting* to shed now, at least the fluffier ones, because it will take them so long to get down to a summer coat. He will certainly be quite fluffy til at least April but plenty was coming off him. I mean, I was wearing my hat the entire time, and when I finally took it off, there was horsehair *in* the hat. How does it even do that?