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  • Clipping but not blanketing
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    10-20-2011, 11:16 AM
  #11
Foal
I have been wondering recently what the best way to clip is. I live in Manitoba and it is anywhere from -20c (-4F) to -45c (-49F) in winter. My horse is at home until January when I bring her to a barn with an indoor arena. I have never clipped her before but I always run into the problem that she gets super sweaty and if I ride in the morning (only on weekends) I have to leave her inside all day because she is so wet. This year I am hoping to clip her about a week after I show up (time to adjust) but I only want to clip her neck, chest area, and where the saddle goes but leave the girth unclipped. Just in the places where she sweats the most. I will then have a light blanket on during the night (warm inside) and then put on one or 2 winter blankets(with a neck cover) for the day depending on how cold it gets.

I guess my question really should be, what kind of clippers are good? I have never owned clippers before and I don't want to end up buying ones that don't work good. I want this to be as pleasant of an experiance as possible for both of us.
     
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    10-20-2011, 11:25 AM
  #12
Foal
I use TI84s or Oster A5s for body clipping. They clip nicely w/o removing too much hair.
     
    10-20-2011, 11:45 AM
  #13
Foal
winter clip

Depending on how cold your weather gets, you may just blanket and not clip. The blanket will discourage a heavy caot but allow enough coat for comfort when you ride on a cold or windy day. There are various trace clips that allow the horse to dissipate sweat and cool while riding but still allow enough coat for comfort.

Unless your horse is box stalled with bedding, that might be a cold way to lay down with a full body clip... Just a thought :)

I blanket from now through the winter with appropriate weight sheets and blankets and take them off during the day if it gets too warm, we can have up to a 50 degree temp change here in the desert from night to day!

I do like to ride after work and put up my horse away dry without having to worry about cool down, darkness, feeding a wet horse. Etc. so blanketing works for me without the clip. Plus, it eliminates grooming time before the ride during those cold, short winter days :)

Trace clips work great, my friend does not stall or blanket and rides dressage all winter without the wet heavy coat problem.
     
    10-20-2011, 11:54 AM
  #14
Foal
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Originally Posted by Equestrian09    
Depending on how cold your weather gets, you may just blanket and not clip. The blanket will discourage a heavy caot but allow enough coat for comfort when you ride on a cold or windy day. There are various trace clips that allow the horse to dissipate sweat and cool while riding but still allow enough coat for comfort.
I haven't been blanketing at all yet and I would prefer to let my horse grow a winter coat until January rather than blanket her. That way I can just clip her where the saddle goes as well as her neck and chest. I would not be clipping her back end or her belly, just the places that she sweats the most.

Unless your horse is box stalled with bedding, that might be a cold way to lay down with a full body clip... Just a thought :)
At night she is in a tie stall and would have a stable blanket on so the only clipped part that would be uncovered would be her neck.

I blanket from now through the winter with appropriate weight sheets and blankets and take them off during the day if it gets too warm, we can have up to a 50 degree temp change here in the desert from night to day!

I do like to ride after work and put up my horse away dry without having to worry about cool down, darkness, feeding a wet horse. Etc. so blanketing works for me without the clip. Plus, it eliminates grooming time before the ride during those cold, short winter days :)

Trace clips work great, my friend does not stall or blanket and rides dressage all winter without the wet heavy coat problem.

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Originally Posted by jess522    
I use TI84s or Oster A5s for body clipping. They clip nicely w/o removing too much hair.
Thanks, I will see if I can buy those in a tack shop and I can always order online if I can't find them here.
     
    10-20-2011, 12:19 PM
  #15
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Equestrian09    
Depending on how cold your weather gets, you may just blanket and not clip. The blanket will discourage a heavy caot but allow enough coat for comfort when you ride on a cold or windy day. There are various trace clips that allow the horse to dissipate sweat and cool while riding but still allow enough coat for comfort.

Unless your horse is box stalled with bedding, that might be a cold way to lay down with a full body clip... Just a thought :)

I blanket from now through the winter with appropriate weight sheets and blankets and take them off during the day if it gets too warm, we can have up to a 50 degree temp change here in the desert from night to day!

I do like to ride after work and put up my horse away dry without having to worry about cool down, darkness, feeding a wet horse. Etc. so blanketing works for me without the clip. Plus, it eliminates grooming time before the ride during those cold, short winter days :)

Trace clips work great, my friend does not stall or blanket and rides dressage all winter without the wet heavy coat problem.
Thanks! I never thought of that, just blanketing to lower the coat! I'll try that probably and see what happens! Thanks everyone!
     
    10-23-2011, 03:29 PM
  #16
Foal
Blanketing

I am glad that was helpful for you! I have never had issues with too heavy of a coat if I start blanketing now.

Here is Ghost last December in his midweight blanket and you can see his coat is not too thick and he has plenty of mobilty in the turnout style:

http://tinydogsrule.com/images/513_soccerball_030.jpg

As a side note:) I find sstack.com to have decent prices, fast shipping and well made blankets. I think the waterproof/breathable one he has on in this picture was $65.00 and he has had it for 2 years so far.

My super beefy guy fits better in Weatherbeeta brand turnouts.

Happy riding!
     

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