It wasn’t that long ago that everyone at my barn was complaining that it felt far too cold to be outside without the traditional winter “uniform” that consists of article such as coveralls, insulated riding or snow pants, a heavy jacket, numerous under-layers, winter boots, gloves, scarves, hats, and everything between. However lately the conversation around the barn has changed to the rising temperatures, and our bright white legs that are making their first appearances as we don shorts on days we don’t ride. For all intents and purposes, summer has arrived in the Bluegrass.

If temperatures didn’t get too warm, we were able to let Brandy keep her natural haircoat, which helped keep the bugs from eating her alive.

Photo: Keith Larson

The vast majority of the horses on the farm have shed their heavy winter coats in favor of a cooler and sleeker summer shine. However a few of the older horses are still on the fuzzy side, and make me think back to the annual process that was getting BrandyÑour Miniature Horse with pituitary pars intermedia dysfunction, or PPID)Ñready for summer.

Like most Miniature Horses, Brandy was naturally a very hairy little critter. Add PPID to that (even with the appropriate medication) and you had a sorrel Mini who has about enough hair to provide a Belgian with a hair transplant should the need aris