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        10-10-2013, 01:46 PM

    My horse is just getting back to work. He is sweating easily and his winter coat is growing in already.

    He needs clipped.

    So I am wondering if I should do a fairly large clip this first cut, thus keeping him cool in these warmer days when I am working him(He is sweating significantly). Then later by second cut, I would do a smaller clip. He would be in better shape (sweating less) and it would be cooler out (very cold).

    What is everybody's opinion on my thoughts on this?

    Yes, I blanket. Yes I have clipped him before.
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        10-11-2013, 02:57 PM
    At my stables, there is an older horse who doesn't shed due to her age (30!)
    We always trim her right when spring starts. Depending on where you live, winters may not get very cold. If you live in Texas or something like that, I would do a fairly good trim, just so that he would stop sweating and maybe overheating. If winters get cold where you live, I would do a small trim so his coat has time to grow before it gets too chilly :) Good luck :)
        10-11-2013, 03:25 PM
    Green Broke
    I blanket mine, and do a Hunter clip two times during the season. Once in October, and then once usually in January-ish.

    It really depends on how hard you're planning to work your horse, what the living conditions are, and whether or not you're planning to blanket.
        10-11-2013, 03:25 PM
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    My Irish Draft seems to get a thicker coat than she used too and earlier every year.
    I've clipped her right out already because she was sweating so much then will probably just give her a trace clip the next time she needs doing
    We get ticks again at this time of year too and its a lot easier to spot them without all the hair

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