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        11-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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    Weanling
    Thanks for responses guys, I also decided to just go ahead and do a hunter clip so I am getting him a hood to go on his blanket.

    Saddlebag- I am not having him clipped because I am lazy, I am doing it for his comfort. Do you think he enjoys standing around in heavy cold sweaty hair for and hour and a half till it all drys? Well I can't talk to horses but I am pretty sure it would not feel very good. Why don't you put a winter jacket on and go for for a five mile run, then stand around all night in it. Let me know how it feels. Sure it is less natural, but is it natural for is to strap bits of leather to horses, is it natural for them to jump jumps, is it natural for us to make them carry us around? No. But because we do unnatural things to them we have to pay them back by taking care of them and making them as comfortable as we can.

    Not wanting to start a fight, just my opinion.
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        11-28-2012, 03:38 PM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    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.
    I think you're taking your horse knowledge for granted.

    Some horses are in work such that their hair makes them suffer during work. If you're fine walking you're horse around so they don't sweat that's fine, but that's not for everyone. A hard working horse can't be put at risk of overheating.

    Please tell my unclipped Arab to stop shivering and starving himself when it hits 40 and he's not covered up.
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