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        02-23-2009, 12:43 AM
    I kind of have a similar question about clipping.

    If I started to bring my horses into a more intense workout, do I have to do a full clip, even though the weather is warming up, or could I do a trace clip (so they cool out faster) but I let the rest of them shed naturally? Or is that unheard of?
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        02-23-2009, 12:50 PM
    Well what is it you are currently doing with your horse? Are you showing? How often and how hard do you ride? What is the weather like where you are? Where is your horse kept?

    I just clipped Cobalt for training purposes but generally speaking I only clip during the winter so it's a quicker cool down. The only down fall with that is that he has to be kept blanketed as well as have a hood on which is a pain in the butt. Keep in mind to you will have to deal with the pain of getting blankets fixed if you horse is kept out with other horses which gets expensive.

    Some stuff to keep in mind.
        02-23-2009, 05:44 PM
    If your going to clip I would do it soon. I live in Maryland and we body clip around now, I'm not quite sure on how different the climate is. When it starts getting warmer the horses summer coat has already started coming in before the horse has completly shed out. If you body clip when it is warm it may make the horses coat really dull. I would say do it before it gets warm and blanket the horse until you are ready to show. If it doesnt really matter if your horse is hairy I wouldn't body clip. Its too big of a job to do if it doesnt matter for show purposes. The horses coat will most likely look better if he sheds out naturally.
        02-23-2009, 05:57 PM
    I think I'll let him shed out all on his own. He doesn't have a thick winter coat anyways, but was just curious.

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