Hello All. Got a question about pony care. Here's a little background. Becky was an abuse/neglect rescue. We THOUGHT she was a mini when we loaded her into the back of a pickup - but then she started growing.... Turned out she was about 5-7mo old pony. Anywho - she grew, got socalized, lived many years as a companion to my TB mare. She is now in her 20's. She is friendly and gentle but has never been asked to do anything other than have maners and keep Gail company - both of which she has excelled at. She has been the poster child for easy keeper and has stayed fat and sassy year round for decades. (hang on, I'm getting to the question ) Like most ponies, she grows an IMPRESSIVE winter coat. I've blanket the TB each winter but haven't needed one for Becky since that first year (we had to shave her to get rid of the lice/mites). Last year - like every year, she grew several inches of coat so thick that it's difficult to get my fingers down to skin. However (here's the question ) , when she got rained on, her coat got 'hard'. It looked and felt like a bucket of hair gel had been rubbed in while she was wet. I took the curry and SCRUBBED to break up the curls. It did this everytime she got wet. In years past, as she dried - which takes quite a bit of time since her coat is SO THICK - the curls would just naturally seperate and she would go back to being fluffy. My concern is that those hard, poodle-perm looking curls aren't going to keep her warm. If they're not, and since she takes so long to dry, currying her once they're dry isn't going to make any difference once we start getting days and days of cold, wet weather. Should I look into a waterproof sheet (she doesn't need any warmth as long as her coat stays dry). Should I be concerned by this odd change in her coat? Is it an age thing? Has anyone else ever has a horse/pony who's coat 'auto-gels'?