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post #1 of 20 Old 01-03-2013, 05:13 PM Thread Starter
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Body clipping?

Does anybody do or know of anyone that does body clipping for endurance? I haven't seen anyone here do it, and my boy keeps a pretty light coat (he's got a blanket on, now, so he's staying short-haired). But would it be good for endurance riders, particularly in the summer?

I wonder if heart rates would come down faster, if they would loose less water through sweat, if sponging would be more effective? Would they be more likely to get rubs?
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I know people who body/trace clip when they go from here (the NE) to Florida for winter rides. Others will do a modified trace clip for the early spring rides in this region, depending on the weather.

I clipped Dream's neck for the March ride, when the temperature spiked into the upper 70s and she still had most of her winter coat.



Annie, who is a draft cross and grows a massive winter coat, at the April Foxcatcher ride:
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I know people who body/trace clip when they go from here (the NE) to Florida for winter rides. Others will do a modified trace clip for the early spring rides in this region, depending on the weather.

I clipped Dream's neck for the March ride, when the temperature spiked into the upper 70s and she still had most of her winter coat.



Annie, who is a draft cross and grows a massive winter coat, at the April Foxcatcher ride:
Haha I have to ask, was the draft x finished being clipped or were you half way through? I ask because I used to do clipping as a side job and was once a professional groom......sorry, it's funny, and I have a terrible sense of humor! Not being mean!!!!

As to the OP, I did a modified trace on my horse this winter because he is kept in and he was sweat g too much and getting too hot and not drying......now he cools fast, doesn't sweat as profusely and stays comfortable during work
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Haha I have to ask, was the draft x finished being clipped or were you half way through? I ask because I used to do clipping as a side job and was once a professional groom......sorry, it's funny, and I have a terrible sense of humor! Not being mean!!!!
Oh, you can laugh.. we all certainly do. That was the finished product.

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Oh, you can laugh.. we all certainly do. That was the finished product.

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Ha that's too funny! I am a perfectionist clipper, as when I was taught I was drilled to get it perfect, so I always crack up when I see someone's first attempt or when it's not quite 'finished'. I'm not being mean! I'm the kind of person who will tell you if you have spinach in your teeth or if your pants make ya look fat!
Just too funny! Youre good to share
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I also do a neck/chest clip job in the spring. My previous gelding was a wooly mammoth in the winter and didn't shed out quickly. Clipping the underside of his neck and chest allowed him to cool down faster and eliminated a lot of the sweating. Here in VT the weather changes fast and drastically so I had to keep up with blanketing after he was clipped. I think that it really depends on the horse too. With the arab I have now I may not feel the need to clip her because she keeps a pretty thin coat.

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Speaking of not quite finished, I clipped my horse because I couldn't breathe around him as he was shedding his cotton-ball coat this Spring. However, the clippers went dull about halfway through...
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Do you only clip in the spring/winter? Or would you ever clip in the summer? Sorry, I've never body clipped, other than the above mentioned incident!
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Speaking of not quite finished, I clipped my horse because I couldn't breathe around him as he was shedding his cotton-ball coat this Spring. However, the clippers went dull about halfway through...
BAHAHAHAHA! Too funny! I keep four sets of blade and keep them all sharpened routinely! But I guess because I was doing this as a job I was sure not going to go through the embarrassment of leaving a client with a half clipped horse if its your own who cares!!!
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Do you only clip in the spring/winter? Or would you ever clip in the summer? Sorry, I've never body clipped, other than the above mentioned incident!
Well I live in Alberta, and I clipped my horse early November, and only now ca I really see his coat growing back in. The rule (and it's not a hard and fast rule) for here (AB) is to not clip after January 31st.....as it is believed to interfere with the summer coat coming in. However I have talked to folks who say that they really haven't had an issue.

You can clip in the summer for sure
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