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post #41 of 194 Old 11-12-2009, 10:42 AM
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Stencilbum- welcome to the forum! I've seen that picture of your super cute pony floating around online. I think I actually laughed outloud the first time I saw it! That is hysterical! Thanks for your explanations, very informative!

Clipping is a Godsend. It's not realistic for performance horses who show or are in training to just have the winter off. Nor is it realistic to expect the wooly ones to dry off with a cooler in under 10 minutes. With proper blanketing your horse stays warm and clipping is a win win situation for everyone.
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post #42 of 194 Old 11-12-2009, 10:42 AM
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I thinking clipping is necessary if you plan on working your horse significantly over the winter. Esp if you work in a heated barn. Otherwise they overheat and it takes hours to cool them down.
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post #43 of 194 Old 11-13-2009, 10:15 PM
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I agree - clipping makes the cooling process drop from HOURS to under an hour. It's a definite for people who train heavily through the winter so they can pick up right where they left off on the spring and for those who show all winter.

I personally don't clip my horse that I show now as he won't stand for it, but if he would, he would be running around in a high trace clip - no doubt about it.

It's easy to say don't work your horses so much in the winter - but we have to sometimes and there is a whole other world of showing in the winter with Indoors and such.

Personally I find clipping better than leaving a horse under lights to keep their coat short. Much better.

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post #44 of 194 Old 11-14-2009, 02:29 PM
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Yeah I don't get why people clip...Poor ponies,they look naked
I have to clip my horses.
I fox hunt in the winters, and its is much cleaner looking.
Plus, my white horse stays cleaner.
It also helps with cooling a horse down while keeping them warm.


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post #45 of 194 Old 11-17-2009, 02:36 AM
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I usually show all winter, my horse gets a full clip in late October/early November and is clipped again in February (or before then depending on how furry he gets). If I didn't clip him, I simply wouldn't be able to work him hard without spending hours cooling him out and additional time towel drying him. Of course clipping him does require owning more blankets (at least in my mind, I always want to be prepared) - but I guess that blanketing and clipping come hand-in-hand.

My horse is much lighter when he is clipped. I will try and get some shots tomorrow and then compare with his passport photo (in Canada, horses have to have passports to show at rated shows - it helps record all their points and all sorts of other things but IMO it's also a giant money grab - just a sidenote) from when his hair had grown back a few years ago.
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post #46 of 194 Old 11-17-2009, 04:05 AM
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I'm looking into getting Joey clipped next year, only a bib or low trace as he'll be (hopefully!) in much harder work by then, and he grows such a thick coat it's simply unfair to expect him to preform when he's hot.

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post #47 of 194 Old 11-21-2009, 06:22 PM
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Stencilbum- welcome to the forum! I've seen that picture of your super cute pony floating around online. I think I actually laughed outloud the first time I saw it! That is hysterical! Thanks for your explanations, very informative!

Clipping is a Godsend. It's not realistic for performance horses who show or are in training to just have the winter off. Nor is it realistic to expect the wooly ones to dry off with a cooler in under 10 minutes. With proper blanketing your horse stays warm and clipping is a win win situation for everyone.
I use the still picture as part of a 4 minute video of the clipping system when I do the trade shows and it is surprising how many people will hang around to see it loop again as they usually give a similar response to yours
It looks complicated, but it really was very straightforward to do.
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post #48 of 194 Old 11-25-2009, 10:23 PM
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Yeah. They look funny, naked, and I think it's very uncomfortable to them. Imagine yoursef in winter. Wearing jacket, but in this jacket would be a huge hole on your belly. And then again winter trousers. I think it would be very uncomfortable for you to have this kind of clothes. And the "reason" for this? That the horses get sweaty and they can get ill and sick??? Wth??? You don't have any time to put "( I dunno the right word-try to understand )sweat-drinking blanket" over your horse and simply walk with him for 10 minutes?
Obviously, you havn't had to keep a show horse in shape over the winter. It takes a couple of hours for a horse to dry from work in the winter. Clipping and blanketing is much better for the horse.

I plan on clipping(well really paying my trainer to clip) Geof in early Dec. When his blankets come in(I ordered them today!) because I'm going to show in FL, and we are going down to clinic in GA later in Dec, and I don't want him to overheat when we school XC!

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post #49 of 194 Old 11-26-2009, 05:58 PM
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Obviously, you havn't had to keep a show horse in shape over the winter. It takes a couple of hours for a horse to dry from work in the winter. Clipping and blanketing is much better for the horse.

I plan on clipping(well really paying my trainer to clip) Geof in early Dec. When his blankets come in(I ordered them today!) because I'm going to show in FL, and we are going down to clinic in GA later in Dec, and I don't want him to overheat when we school XC!

I had a holiday in Orlando in July and it was just baking. I didn't see any horses there in the fields when we went to Cape Canaveral so I guessed that keeping horses in such a hot climate isn't very popular.

Do the temperatures drop dramatically over the winter months in FL ?
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post #50 of 194 Old 11-26-2009, 09:55 PM
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I live up here in Area V(Texas-Arkansas-Louisianna area) and it gets pretty cold, cold enough for wooly coats! We go down to show our horses in FL for 2 weeks every year, and since it is consteratably warmer there, Geof, and all the horses, need to be clipped before we go down.
To answer your question- it can get COLD in FL! We were in Disney World once and it was so cold, we had to buy heavy winter snow clothes! So yes, it gets cold!

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