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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