My horses would go hide in the run in shed and wouldn't meet me at the gate any more if I made them look like that!
I shave my guys in the fall, cover them with nice warm blankets and they stay shaved until spring. Strider has that worried look
A cut like this allows me to pick up a nice lope and hold it for 2-3 hours without sweating up a horse. Cool out is a simple walk in the lane and then blanketing and sent right out.
There's just something about a nice long ride on a horse named Strider....
Strider carried me for 17 years and over 30,000 miles. He was/is a great little horse. I keep log books on all my horses and each day mark down what I was doing with , where I went, conditions and distance traveled. I tally it once a month on the bottom of the page and then tally it once a year.
It is my records and I have one for every year over more then 20 years of keeping track.
He is registered as Streaker.
My clients who have Icelandic horses clip them each winter just to get their coats short enough so they don't roast here in Maryland. No blankets. Otherwise they get lethargic from being overheated. Then, they wet them to the skin before hitting the trails. Otherwise they get hot fast, start huffing, etc. They took me riding on one of their Icey's a couple of weeks ago. The tolte is smooooth. Felt weird to me, kinda like coasting on a bicycle.
Those horses are built for the cold! They get clipped in the summer, too, for the same reasons.