Clipping a bay roan?

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Clipping a bay roan?

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    07-05-2013, 12:45 AM
Clipping a bay roan?

Sooo I've been thinking about clipping my horse...hes a bay roan, and he just isn't doing amazing in the heat and humidity here in VA. I got the idea after I got him back from the vet for his lymes treatment and they had clipped a small area for the IV...his coat is grey under, so lighter you think he would feel cooler if I clipped him since he wouldn't be as dark? His coat really isn't thick, its pretty nice really...just dark. When I get to the barn sometimes he's sweating just from grazing in the field :(

Thoughts? Clip ideas? Pros? Cons? We don't show, so not worried too much about him looking silly I guess
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    07-06-2013, 08:30 PM
Clipping is NOT easy..and can look bad if not done well.. Worming..currying and Blanketing when cool should shed him naturally..
    07-06-2013, 10:52 PM
The clipping part doesn't really worry me, I've been grooming dogs for many years and have clipped some other peoples horses...just never my own. Just wondering if the grey underneath would be cooler for him out in the sun then his bay coat.
    07-06-2013, 11:18 PM
I would do it. Just make sure you put sun screen on any pink skin he may have!
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    07-06-2013, 11:51 PM
If he already has a summer coat I would be worried about sunburn even if his skin is black. Maybe only do the lower side of his body. A really short clip will make his an easier target for insects.
    07-07-2013, 12:19 AM
Originally Posted by natisha    
If he already has a summer coat I would be worried about sunburn even if his skin is black. Maybe only do the lower side of his body. A really short clip will make his an easier target for insects.
Hmm good points, didn't think about easier target for bugs :( Guess I'll just only try to ride if I can make it out in the mornings or if it will be cooler in the evenings so make it easier on both of us lol.

Its like.....shave him.....he may be cooler, but get attacked by more bugs...or leave him be and he has more protection from bugs/sun rays...oh summer

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