Posted by Xanthoria on 10/4/2016, 1:19 pm, in reply to "Yes. "
Daylight length is part of the reason horses grow coats, but coldness is another. If you clip in January you can still expect a lot of hair growth past then, and they don't remain bald if you clip at any time of the year. |
The only way to stop hair growth is blanket and put them directly under lights for 16 hours a day. "Horses should receive 16 hours of continuous light of at least 3 foot candles with 8 hours of darkness each day." http://animalscience.tamu.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2012/04/equine-controlling-hair-length3.pdf
So the December cutoff, when we in N CA get 9.5 hours of sunlight a day won't make much difference to a horse when they don't get 14 hours of sunlight until June, and itís still cold and dark in Jan-Feb-March.