I know I whine and complain about living up here, but darn it can be quite lovely.
Once I brought Koda in, this was the state of his mane:
lovely long flowing locks
Not bad, thick in parts, much too long, but salvageable. I was very surprised that he stood so still and tolerated the thinning blade so well. I don't generally pull simply because I was never taught and I like the effect I get with the thinning blade in a much shorter amount of time. It took about 40 minutes, but we went from lovely flowing locks to much more presentable (and braidable) mane.
Next up: The clinic