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post #1 of 6 Old 10-15-2013, 02:16 AM Thread Starter
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Clipping & blanketing for the first time...

Well, there are a million articles on blanketing, but I thought that I'd rather hear some confirmation from the horse's mouth so-to-speak!

I live in Arizona and am planning on full body clipping my arab for winter shows. I didn't need to clip him last winter so I'm only now looking into blankets, coolers, etc.

Given that our coldest nights don't get colder than 30-35F, and that he's kept in a stall with a run (in-and-out) will I be okay buying (1) a turnout sheet, (2) a 200g medium weight turnout sheet, and (3) a quilted cooler? I'm thinking sheet 40-50F, 200g below 40F and 200g + cooler as a liner below 35F. Does this sound about right? Is there any other combination of blankets/sheets that could save me money?

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A variety of weight is blankets is a good idea. I am inclined to not blanket unless the horse is shivering and that is usually if the wind is cold and I would start with the lightest weight blanket that is waterproof to act as a windbreak. Since he's in a turnout, movement will keep him warm. I'd also go with a 200 gram blanket which should be plenty. Too much blanketing can chill the horse as it sweats underneath and can't lift it's hair to cool off.
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• Horses: 12's Guide to Buying a Blanket -

There's a blanket weight guide in this article, both for the clipped and unclipped horse. It gives you an idea of what you'll need for various temps.

I like these blankets the best of any I've ever bought: StormShieldŽ CONTOUR COLLAR Deluxe Euro Turnouts in Euro Fit at Schneider Saddlery, I'm going on 5 years plus with most of mine and they still look good. You can get sheets, blanket liners, stable blankets, you name it at this site.

A body clipped horse has had all of its natural insulation taken off, so having several different weights on hand is a good idea. My horses all have 1 sheet, 1 medium weight, 1 heavy weight and 1 liner, and I mix and match as needed.

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^^^Pretty much what I would say too
I love Schneider blankets and their customer service is very good. I do find their blankets run slightly warmer than some other brands.
I got a Shires Tempest 100gm fill quilted blanket last year for cooler autumn and spring weather on a horse that I clip early and found that it works very well.
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I would not have a cooler on as a liner in turnout. I find they pull and warp and just get dirty.
I would have a sheet, a 200g turnout with neck and a light 100g liner. Then just mix and match as required.
I just full clipped (nose to toes) mine and we are dipping into the 20s at night. They have cotton sheets at night with turnout sheets on overtop to go outside. At 0 they'll start getting 250g blankets and even colder than that 200g liners and 350g blankets with full neck covers. And they'll get clipped once more this year, just a blanket clip with necks.

So don't worry about having a clipped horse in Arizona!!
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Thank you for all of the great advice!! I ordered a light and medium StormShield as you guys recommended and a regular liner for underneath. In a few days I should be ready for clipping...! Anabel, your comment made me feel a LOT better, ha! We'll be lucky if it hits 30!

Now all I have to worry about is the actual clipping...
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