Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Glasgow, Scotland
Horses who are in work and hairy because of their thick winter coat become too hot when being ridden and sweat up a alot. Hugo and me jump and school regularly and will possibly be competeing during the winter, when I have been jumping he has been sweating up under his stomach, girth and up his neck and because of this is soaking by the end which is why I clipped him.
Horses who sweat up heavily when being ridden take a long time too cool down, which can resort in feeding too early and colicking. They are also more prone to catching a chill due to being wet in very cold weather.
So the best option is to clip them and then rug them up to compensate for the loss of their coat.
There are alot of different types of clips you can just take the neck (a bib) or the neck and some of the stomach off (trace) or a blanket (which is what hugo has) you can take everything off but half their face, their legs and small saddle shape (hunter) or a full (where it all comes off).
The type of clip depends on the work they are in and the amount they are sweating up.
There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. - Sir Winston Churchill