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post #1 of 15 Old 04-09-2012, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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to clip or not to clip?

I want to clip both my boys for the summer, but neither of them have been clipped before and I'm wondering when I should do this and will they need to be blanketed even on really hot days. Right now its on average +10 here, I'm thinking they should be ready to do in a month.

Also one of them is a chestnut blanket app who is slowly roaning out all over, would clipping speed up the roaning?
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post #2 of 15 Old 04-10-2012, 02:12 AM
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I would avoid clipping in summer. You can wreck their coat! I only ever clip in winter, once the summer coat starts coming through, then it's too late to clip without ruining their summer coat.
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post #3 of 15 Old 04-16-2012, 08:53 PM Thread Starter
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what do you mean when you say it could ruin his coat? My Jumper still has a huge coat and its 20 degrees here so it has to go. Everyone at my barn is clipping and their not too concerned about it.
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post #4 of 15 Old 04-18-2012, 12:40 AM
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If you are going to get rid of the winter coat, go for it as soon as the nights are warm enough you wont have to blanket. That is a huge pain in the butt, not worth it if you are just doing it to do it, unless you are showing. If the nights stay cool long enough, clipping with be pointless. If the hair is really bugging you, then go ahead and do a full clip but keep in mind you will have to make those special 9 PM trips to the barn to blanket, and the even worse 7 AM trips to remove blanket so he doesnt burn up. And when I say blanket I mean SHEET no fill, or even a Sleezy. I don't know how Canadian weather works though :) I get impatient too with clipping, but in the end I realize that since I am not showing I am just being greedy and want to get rid of the matted, dull winter coat, but I don't actually need to. Most horses thyroids know what they are doing (until they get old) and are able to figure things out pretty well.
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post #5 of 15 Old 04-18-2012, 04:23 AM
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If he's started shedding, it's too late. The summer coat is already starting to come in and shaving it off can wreck it.
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Is there a reason you want to clip for the summer? I have only ever clipped one horse for the summer, because his coat was unusually thick for summer. His summer coat was thicker then some of the the WB's winter coat. I usually clip all horses in winter, unless they are not going to be worked for some reason. They dry faster after being worked and its a major plus not to deal with all the hair come spring time.

If you do decide to clip, make sure you turn them out with fly sheets on

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post #7 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 02:02 PM
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I have alwaqys chosen to not to clip my horses. But I guess that's just me, I always want to spend that much more time, with some elbow grease ti get the winter coat out!
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post #8 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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We will be showing this summer and I ride at least 4 days a week. He's started to shed but his coat is huge and he gets drenched every ride. The weather fluxes 15-20 in the day and 1-10 at night here right now and he's always blanketed/sheeted. If I wasn't showing or riding often I wouldn't bother to clip either.
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post #9 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 07:27 PM
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CLIP!! I just did my mare on Monday. She looks 100x better than before and it has been done with her since she was 4 ( past owners ) she gets really hot, we ride 5-6 days a week and show all summer. If you need it done then do it. Some people will even clip in late may or all year. If its a matter of health then there should be no question. Riding a lot in the summer even with a summer coat it can be very hard to cool them out. ( Depending on what you do, my mares more to a high performance )

My mare was shedding already and looks fine. I'll upload a pic of her so you can see the coat is not damaged and looks great.

Do it!! Just make sure it is done right! Since you will be showing its best to have someone with lots of experiance do it because if it is done wrong and there are marks on the coat it will be obvious when showing comes along.
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post #10 of 15 Old 04-19-2012, 08:29 PM
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if I were you I would just groom your horse everyday both before and after riding or just in general if you arent riding. Curry, use a shedding blade/furminator/tool whatever you want, and a regular body brush. Its not like its going to take all summer for them to shed! Plus if the summer coat has already started to come in you will just ruin that hair and your horse wont shine as nice in the summer.

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