My mare grows an insanely long coat in the winter, despite being in California. Like, your hand completely disappears within it on any given part of her body above the legs. Anyway, because of this, I discovered that no one had noticed while I was away from home for an extended time, that she had a severe rainrot case hanging out underneath all that, allllll over her hind quarters, and even up on her back a little bit. I felt terrible when I discovered how far it had spread ( she's retired to pasture, she just looked like she'd rolled on some poop and just had little flattened a small spot here and there, as she is otherwise plump and healthy, so nothing raised suspicion). So I immediately went and bought a treatment, but it is getting too cold to bath her, and I don't have the cash for a pair of clippers, but her coat was far too long to try to see all of it and treat it properly. So we sought it all out, and I had to use a large pair of good scissors to just sheer down to a super short length so we could find the extent of it, and scrape it off, properly treat it, and make sure it had constant supply of air. Needless to say, I wasn't going to sheer her whole body, so she now has large areas that have been sheered down, while the rest of her has a yeti length coat. I would laugh except it just looks so weird, it's embarrassing. God I hope those nosey, nonhorsey neighbors don't turn us in claiming abuse or something (they are notorious around the neighborhood for that). Has anyone else had to do something that made their horse look horrible?