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    11-25-2012, 04:06 PM
Blanketing A Clipped Horse

So I have decided to give my gelding a sort of "non-traditional" partial clip, basically he is going have fuzzys on his neck, head, and legs, and no hair basically in where a blanket goes. This will take the hair off of the places where he gets sweatiest. My gelding is outside all day and inside in heated barn (55 degrees Fahrenheit), unless it is really stormy and wet in which case he will be inside. I have never had a clipped horse before and am wondering if this will work for blanketing...

I own a stable sheet, turnout sheet (no fill), and medium turnout (240 grams fill)
I plan to buy a fleecy blanket liner
Adjusta-Fit® TEKNO-FLEECE® Liner - Closed Front in Blanket Liners at Schneider Saddlery
(I would rather have to buy just one thing, and it seems the most versatile)

So at night in barn: stable sheet
45 and up: turnout sheet over stable sheet
35 and up: midweight over stable sheet
Low teens and up: midweight over liner
Below freezing: midweight, liner, and stable sheet

I'm new to this so be nice haha :)
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    11-25-2012, 04:49 PM
*inside in a heated barn at night
That got left ou by accident oops :)
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    11-25-2012, 05:18 PM
This is comical to me, because I've been clipping/blanketing my horse every winter for YEARS, and this is the first year ever that I'm keeping him fuzzy.... and I am at a loss with what blankets to use. I am simply beside myself because I know without thinking what I would use if he was naked, but now I have been second guessing myself every single night for weeks! Oooof!
    11-25-2012, 05:33 PM
I wouldn't worry so much about layering him up when he's inside a heated barn, just the stable sheet if its really cold. And just use a waterproof sheet when he's outside and then when it starts getting REALLY cold, use the medium. He'll be fine.
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    11-25-2012, 05:54 PM
Originally Posted by KaiKamm93    
This is comical to me, because I've been clipping/blanketing my horse every winter for YEARS, and this is the first year ever that I'm keeping him fuzzy.... and I am at a loss with what blankets to use. I am simply beside myself because I know without thinking what I would use if he was naked, but now I have been second guessing myself every single night for weeks! Oooof!
Hahaaha that's too funny!
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    11-27-2012, 02:20 PM
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I cannot understand your thoughts on why you intend to just clip the body of your horse - the first place a horse will sweat is on its neck, chest, flanks and belly.
You would be better doing a trace clip, leaving his head on and upper body and using a medium or even light tog blanket.
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    11-27-2012, 09:37 PM
The first place a horse will sweat is not always the neck, chest, flanks, and belly. I know this because my horse will first sweat in the saddle/girth area before he'll sweat anywhere else when he's worked. Now, if the horse is being worked without a saddle, which may be the case here, she wouldn't want to be clipping her horse where it "gets the sweatiest" in the first place.

I'm kind of glad you posted this because I was just going to make a similar post asking people if they thought I'd be crazy for doing just that clip this year. Last year, I clipped everything except the bottom of his belly and his legs. This year, he'll be turning out during the nicer winter days and I don't want his neck being naked nor do I want to worry about having the proper neck cover.

As far as blanketing for different outdoor temps, I found a pretty good chart.
From what I saw, that's a really good reference for the temps vs. layers.

ETA: Also, the blanket liner is a good idea. I have this one that I absolutely love!
It works great as a liner and standalone in the stall.
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    11-28-2012, 03:21 AM
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Of course a horse will sweat where it is covered first I.e. The girth and under the saddle but if the horse is not racked then it will be the areas I mentioned.

Clips have been designed for a practical reason and a trace clip is practical and allows the horse to cool. If you leave the top body then there is less messing around with extra rugs.
    11-28-2012, 08:55 AM
What's worked for me when I have a clipped horse is going one layer heavier than I would if the horse were unclipped and I'd start sheeting sooner. For example when I clip my Arab I would start covering him up with an unfilled sheet at 55degF whereas if he's fuzzy I'll wait until it is below 50.
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    11-28-2012, 03:30 PM
God gave horses a fur coat to protect them. Why would one blanket and unclipped horse and mess up his thermostat? We ride in cold, foot freezing temps but stay mainly at the walk to keep the horse from getting too sweaty. Lots of towelling when we get back. It seems clipping and blankets have become a lazy way of drying a horse off instead of towelling it dry.

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