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    11-02-2012, 09:39 AM
  #1
Foal
To clip or not to clip

Hi :)
Basically, my new horse came from overseas about 3 weeks ago. This means he came from a september/october amsterdam to a november UAE- where the temperature is around 35 degrees celsius. He was shedding, but he's stopped.
The barn he's in right now also has really bad air conditioning- as in sometimes its a pleasant 25 in the barn, other times its 18 degrees in there.

He isn't in the best of shape at the moment, so sweats quite a bit- and I guess clipping would make him cooler and able to work better.

However, I'd rather not clip him because i'm worried that he will grow out a winter coat again, but in march/april- which would be very bad as it will be around 40-50 degrees then.

Any advice?
     
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    11-02-2012, 09:51 AM
  #2
Started
There's a barn close to me that clips their horse because they WORK their butts off all year.

If you're going to be working your horse a lot and you don't have a cooler, then I would clip.

Although, if you clip, keep in mind that you're taking away your horses weather protection.
Make sure you have a nice blanket for him if you clip!!
     
    11-02-2012, 10:04 AM
  #3
Trained
Celsius means nothing to me and I'm kind of confused. Are you saying your horse went from a place going into winter to a place going into summer? Or is he going from summer to winter?
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    11-02-2012, 10:38 AM
  #4
Foal
Okay, to clarify :)
Horse was shipped from europe to UAE.
This means from a european autumn setting, at around 60 deg. Farenheit I believe, to a UAE early winter setting- at around 80-90 degrees farenheit.

And there's really no weather to protect him from here- this is around the coldest it gets, and it rains about 7 days a year :)
     
    11-02-2012, 04:40 PM
  #5
Trained
Oh okay. If its going to stay warm, I would clip.
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    11-02-2012, 08:08 PM
  #6
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Bobthebuilder    
Hi :)
Basically, my new horse came from overseas about 3 weeks ago. This means he came from a september/october amsterdam to a november UAE- where the temperature is around 35 degrees celsius. He was shedding, but he's stopped.
The barn he's in right now also has really bad air conditioning- as in sometimes its a pleasant 25 in the barn, other times its 18 degrees in there.

He isn't in the best of shape at the moment, so sweats quite a bit- and I guess clipping would make him cooler and able to work better.

However, I'd rather not clip him because i'm worried that he will grow out a winter coat again, but in march/april- which would be very bad as it will be around 40-50 degrees then.

Any advice?
Not sure if you do this in the USA but in England where we can have wierd temperatures from 34C in Summer to -13C in winter we do something called a 'bib' clip. This means we only clip the front of the horses chest and this is sometimes extended along and below the saddle line. It means the horse still can grow a winter coat so he wont lose too much heat if the temp drops but he can still cool down if the temp rises when he has his coat. If you clip, even doing a bib clip, you will need to rug him overnight if the temp gets very cold I.e. Below 3C.He will acclimatise by next year though so you don't need to clip once he settles. Would like to know how you get on with him.
     
    11-03-2012, 04:12 PM
  #7
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I would clip him and just have a lightweight rug on him at night when the temperature drops down and a cotton sheet during the cooler days.

His coat will probably continue to grow as he is expecting colder weather but, his winter coat will not come in in the spring, his normal summer coat will.

If you do clip him right out (and I would) make sure he is warm at nights.
     

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