So yeah, that happened. Curry comb + shedding blade + stiff brush for a solid 20 minutes. He was a happy boy. I’ve never known another horse who so enjoys a deep grooming.
Our ride was actually shorter than the grooming session, because 20 minutes of moderate work in 60 degrees when you’re packing that much winter hair is tough. He was warm and a touch sweaty, and panting pretty hard. His wind is still not really recovering – hence why I was thinking about the SmartBreathe. It’s something that may come up with his vet at spring shots.
Other than that, though, sound as a bell and in great shape overall. Bring it on, spring!