This year we have had a very mild and wet winter. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year. Mr. Groundhog may have predicted 6 more weeks of winter, but our horses think it is Spring. Our Icelandic horses’ winter coats are already shedding out, which is earlier than prior years. Loose hairs started on their faces at the end of January. On February 7th there was suddenly a release of hairs, particularly in the white areas of the coat.
What does an Icelandic horse’s hair look like in mid-winter, if not clipped? This is video from last year.
Their coats insulate so well that they collect dew. They have long feathers and chin whiskers.