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post #11 of 20 Old 01-03-2013, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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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? I'm specifically asking about this as an endurance rider. I hesitate because I wonder if there would even be any benefit or if it might cause issues since I've never seen any other endurance riders in my area do it.

I'm in Idaho, so there's predominantly western riders here, and we don't usually clip our horses in general - but I'd like to know if there's a reason I might want to!
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post #12 of 20 Old 01-03-2013, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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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!!!
I thought you'd get a good laugh out of that. Since it was at a boarding facility, I felt so bad throwing him back out there looking ridiculous! At least he didn't know how silly he looked.

I fixed him all up the next day, and he was very handsome (minus a few hairs I missed and the areas that I just didn't feel like messing with):

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You know, in all honestly when I was a pro groom at a show jumping facility we full clipped the horses late spring early summer for the showing season. It was really for appearance sake than anything. Nice clean fetlocks and ears etc.

But it really wasn't a 'functional' clip, more of an aesthetic clip.

You more than likely wouldn't really get any benefit from clipping in the summer in regards to cooling etc
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I'm still at 'aspiring' endurance rider stage, but I got my clipping info from my endurance rider friends in the PNW, and they said to go for it. They advised starting with the neck, but that everything was fair game other than under the saddle and girth (for fear of rubs). My guy was sweaty and miserable, then I clipped him and he's happier now. I don't know what you'd call this pattern though, lol!

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I'm still at 'aspiring' endurance rider stage, but I got my clipping info from my endurance rider friends in the PNW, and they said to go for it. They advised starting with the neck, but that everything was fair game other than under the saddle and girth (for fear of rubs). My guy was sweaty and miserable, then I clipped him and he's happier now. I don't know what you'd call this pattern though, lol!

Haha um modified bib clip
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So maybe something like this? But would you get rubs from the breast collar?

My horse usually comes down pretty quickly but anything that would help him stay cool and maybe even reduce sweating on a ride would be great.... But if it doesn't help any, I probably wouldn't do it.

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Sharpie - What benefits did you see with it? Did he mainly not sweat as much, or did it just no stick in his hair?
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He was hot enough that he was getting sweaty enough for me to consider hosing him down (yes, even in DEC here on the TX coast) after only 20-30 minutes of arena work. Not just walking around, but still... He was also kind of 'dull' because he would get hot and want to quit on me.

Now I can do our normal hour give or take in the arena and he'll be sweaty under the saddle and girth and damp elsewhere, but not really wet, and certainly not bad enough to worry about hosing/drying/avoiding a chill. No more sluggishness either. He's still wet after one of our long rides, but he seems to cool off and dry faster even then, so I think he's not getting as hot and sweating as much to start with. If it weren't for the fact he's going to be nekkid and lazy in a buddy's pasture for a while this winter while I am away for classes, I'd clip more! It's easier to groom too.
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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?


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Thanks! I think I learned enough to make a decision about body clipping! His hair is generally pretty short and he can be a weenie about things, including the cold, so I think I'll hold off on body clipping unless it gets warmer and he still hasn't shed enough to condition comfortably. But I'll leave his normal summer coat alone :)
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