Theories on when to clip the first time in a season
My current theory makes sense to me, but it might not make sense to Mother Nature.
This is the first year in a long time I have not clipped the beginning of October because of shows. But this year I won't need to clip until mid Nov., so I am holding off, in hopes that I can get by with only clipping twice.
Now to my theory: I am leaving him nekkid to encourage the coat to grow quickly in hopes that the longer it is when I clip for the first time, the less winter hair he will have "available" to grow for the rest of this winter.
Biologically, does this make sense? Does any given horse have X" of hair to grow, so if he is clipped after 1" has grown, then he will/can only grow 1" more?
Or will a horse's coat keep growing depending on how cold he is, and not based on how much coat just got clipped off?
This is coming up tonight because, for the first time it is going to get cold (in the 40's) and I have not blanketed any of the horses. None are clipped, so nature should kick into overdrive to keep them warm -- right?
But the Mother in me wants to blanket them so they stay toasty warm.
Does this make any sense?