I think you are ok, I've done full body clips (and also modified trace clips-including the full neck) in October and again in February and then had nice, shiny summer coats without the dreaded two-tone effect. I would go for it!
The spring shed is about to occur and you don't want to clip the tops off the new hairs growing in or you will get stuck with the 2 tone for awhile longer then you thought.
Do it now and that new hair (with tops intact) will fill in and you'll only get stuck with it for a month or so. Most of them start to shed in early Feb which means that new hair is coming in underneath.
Otherwise, you can clip about whenever you want, just avoid doing it when the new hair is coming in if you got one that will really show 2 tone like a chestnut. If you got a black one or a grey? Doesn't matter so much since there is not much contrast.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
I clipped the first week of January last year, no problems.
This week I'm wishing I'd clipped even though he has far less hair due to lights and blanketing (some nights.) It's been in the 70's! Temps go back to normal next week and he's already shedding, so I'm going to try to hold out.
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It's never too late to clip. I have clipped in May and my horse always grows a shiny summer coat and is shiny immediately after clipping. You won't ruin the coat at all. (If you don't do a full body clip there may be some slight color differences between clipped and unclipped parts)
I clipped near Valentines day the first year I did it (I was on a college trip abroad for January and didn't want to have to blanket her while I was gone so I waited until I was back) and she grew her summer coat in just fine, so you should be good! Last year I clipped her once in early December then once again in February I think and she was good!
Go for it! I clipped my horse in late October and I'm clipping him again tomorrow. Even after over 10 years of living in California, he still grows the coat of a yak! He's in full work and has been getting really sweaty, even with a light workout, so I'm sucking it up and clipping him again. I was praying I could just get away with one body clip this fall/winter, but that's not going to happen!