Originally Posted by jillybean19
So I'm wondering, why would you clip in the summer? Are there specific situations where it'd be a good idea or a bad idea?
Personally, I don't see myself clipping in the summer unless it was for some sort of medical reason (like rain rot or lice or cushings making them not shed).
I would worry about sunburn, as the sun is so much stronger in the summer and after clipping, the skin would be a lot more exposed. I would also worry about tack possibly rubbing, as there would be a lot less protection.
Hair also helps the horse thermoregulate.. so I wonder if taking it away would actually make the horse more hot, as it loses that layer of buffer between the skin and the heat?