I don't know if this is where I should put this, but i'm debating on clipping my horse. He was body clipped when I bought him so I just kept up with it then after I moved from the show barn decided to not clip him anymore. I talked to the vet about him not shedding his winter coat all the way and he said it had nothing to do with him being body clipped all the time. I was told it ruins their coat. I dunno. His old owner said his coat has always been really thick which is why she clipped him. Well two years now and he is getting older and I noticed this summer he was doing pretty good, but if the BO forgot to turn on his fans he couldn't take the heat at all. Also he sweats if you look at him wrong, and he is in great shape, but my friend rode him to ten mins light work and he was soaked. My concern is this winter he will not dry in enough time for me to put him back in his stall. I didn't have problems last winter cause I had two surgeries and couldn't ride for three months. This winter I plan on keeping him muscled up and in shape.
So I just would like your opinions. Should I just do like a trace clip type thing or full body clip or what?? I'm not worried about keeping him warm I have the right blankets and hoods and stuff to keep him warm. I was thinking of leaving his legs hairy and neck, just clip where the blanket goes since that is where he sweats the most is his belly and where the saddle goes? The vet is coming next week for shots so I was going to ask him to test him for cushings, and ask his opinion too.