Just posted this on the light at 5pm thread - yep mine has his coat coming out in handfuls. I'd love to believe him as we've barely even had a frost yet but sadly I suspect it's more to do with the day length than his weather forecasting.
Actually cancel that I'd like some cold weather so we can be mud free for a few days.
This time last year a similar thread came out and I remember posting that my yak was still holding on to his hair, only to find him the next day in full on moult! So I expect my NF and Haffy will start shedding tomorrow, followed by the freezing weather the next day!
Clipped on Saturday (just a bib) as the veteran with a coat like a mammoth is starting to shed - I noticed a build up of loose hair behind the saddle today when OH was riding. The two youngers ones are hanging onto their much thinner coats.
Mine always starts on the shortest day of the year. Most of the horses at my yard are moulting a little already. It's to do with the daylight hours, as soon as the days get lighter it triggers them to start loosing their coat - totally normal.
It's the change in the length of daylight that kicks off the moult - shortest day was a month ago. Like others, my native/cob cross underway since then - though amount of hair he does shed of a day seems to be based on the temperature variance at the moment.