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post #1 of 6 Old 11-16-2011, 08:57 PM Thread Starter
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Blanketing after Clipping Question

Hi!

So, I was hoping someone(s) could shed some light on a question I had.

If I do any one of these first 5 clips:

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Would I have to blanket all the time? I live in Northern California so the coldest it'll get some nights are about low 30s. During the day, probably like high 40-low 50s at the lowest. Right now I don't blanket Spot at all, but she gets so sweaty when we work so I'm thinking about clipping her a little to help cool her down better. She lives in a pretty open air stall with a large run at the moment and gets turned out every other day.

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post #2 of 6 Old 11-16-2011, 10:19 PM
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I would think you would likely have to at the least keep a light sheet on her all the time if you body clipped her at all times; even though it isn't extremely 'cold' there, she still has a wintery coat, and removing it, will remove her 'warmth', so you have to compensate.

My mare is in a trace clip (minus her hind quarters), and she is blanketed 24/7 with one blanket, and gets extra layers when it gets colder. I didn't clip her last year, but she was in much better condition, because I was able to work her more consistently; this year I have been really sick, so she has been out of work, and is out of condition, so sweats profusely, and gets really unconfortable, and takes a long time to cool out, and dry...so I decided to clip. Since she doesn't get a huge wooly winter coat, she was already blanketed for the winter anyway, so it wasn't going to be any extra work for me!

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post #3 of 6 Old 11-16-2011, 10:59 PM
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I am guessing any kind of clipped horse should be blanketed. Maybe adjust the layers or types of blankets to the temperatures. I am in a much colder climate than yours, I have trace clipped in the past, & heavily blanketed & hooded the horse.
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post #4 of 6 Old 11-24-2011, 12:27 AM
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Well I live really close to you (like 10 min. Away) and I blanket with a medium blanket for the past week. My horse isnt clipped but I still blanket so if you clip I would definitely blanket. I find that peoples blanketing tends to differ from person to person. For example some people at my barn don't blanket, and some people have a heavy blanket with a hood on so it all depends on what you think your horse is comfortable in. A way to check is if you touch there ears and if they are cold, blanket them.

I hope this helps!

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post #5 of 6 Old 11-24-2011, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Well I live really close to you (like 10 min. Away) and I blanket with a medium blanket for the past week. My horse isnt clipped but I still blanket so if you clip I would definitely blanket. I find that peoples blanketing tends to differ from person to person. For example some people at my barn don't blanket, and some people have a heavy blanket with a hood on so it all depends on what you think your horse is comfortable in. A way to check is if you touch there ears and if they are cold, blanket them.

I hope this helps!
Thanks!! I appreciate your input! Where exactly are you located in relation to Davis? And your Bandera is so beautiful! =)
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post #6 of 6 Old 11-24-2011, 01:16 AM
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Im glad I could help:) and I keep my horse at a barn in dixon, so about 5-10 minutes south of davis. And thank you:)

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