10-07-2011, 05:33 PM
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I'm in Socal as well, and it the coldest it gets its about low 40s. I'm going to clip and then light sheet, in an attempt to discourage extra hair growth. My horse is also outside with only a shelter overhead that has no sides.
My friends mare does well with a light sheet, then her blanket on top outside when clipped. Otherwise it takes her about two weeks to grow back all the hair that had been clipped (no kidding). With her blankets on the clipping lasts for the whole winter. But she also grows out fur/mane/tail/hooves very fast. While my gelding does not, so I will do light blanketing.
BUT I also check the weather almost every day and if its going to get above 70, I go out and remove all blankets. (As it does in socal during winter) Sometimes I'm stuck making multiple trips out to take off and put on blankets. I almost never had to remove a blanket and seen sweat underneath. If I did, then I know better for next time.