Everyone's blogs are filled with stories of sleeking their ponies up with fall body clipping. California's weather, especially here in the central valley, is so mild that I don't really need to clip my guys. Yes, they're a bit wooly, but they're not super "sweaters" (as in perspire, not the Christmas variety) when they work, so it works for us. So while I do ride until dark, they generate enough heat with their ample dinners to warm themselves up even if they are slightly damp.
I do have blankets, tons of them in fact. I have super-duty Arctic ones all the way down to ultra-light fly sheets. There are so many in fact, that I can't sit here and count them all! Even so, I never used one last winter. But last winter was fairly mild, and this one might not be. I did blanket Speedy G a few times the winter before. When it's wet (hardly ever), and the wind starts to blow, I do think about tossing on a cover.
So ... my boys are pretty furry right now. Before I could ride Speedy on Sunday afternoon, I had to spend more than the normal 45 seconds it takes to dust off his ultra-thin summer coat; the curry comb made it's first appearance of the year. Here he is post-grooming, looking better, but nowhere as silvery white as mid-summer. His winter coat gets a rather dull gray color. He stills rides the same, whatever color he is!