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post #1 of 6 Old 10-05-2008, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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clipping - how do you know...

How do you know if your horse needs to be clipped? My horse has never been clipped before but next winter, I'm going to be getting her fit for an endurance ride of 40km. How do I know if she needs to be clipped?

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-05-2008, 06:31 PM
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I use to only clip before rated shows, but my newest horse, Herbie is a big time sweater. He doesn't have a thick coat, but after the end of my hour classes he is really wet so we have to keep him clipped to prevent this. The hard part is then keeping him warm... If you horse doesn't seem to need clipping then I would do without it. What kind of clipping do you plan on doing?

Here are some links I found that might be helpful:
http://www.stencilbum.co.uk/clippingstyles.htm
http://www.eques.com.au/general/march2005/cliptips.htm
http://www.todayshorse.com/Articles/...gYourHorse.htm
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post #3 of 6 Old 10-05-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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i'm not sure what type of clip exactly. NOt a full clip as I don't have stables and she is outside with a rug all the time. She gets really sweaty and in winter, I can't hose it off because its so cold. What sort of clip would be best? Have you tried out the underside of the neck clip like the articles suggest? That soundsl ike it would be enough.

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post #4 of 6 Old 10-05-2008, 10:28 PM
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I've only ever done full clipping, but my horse is kept inside at night. You can always try clipping just under the neck and if you think you need more you can do more.
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post #5 of 6 Old 10-06-2008, 04:12 AM
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I live in NZ, so most of our horses are kept outside... and my mate full clips all her horses at the end of the winter season, and then just double rugs them... its what most of the show riders do... she tends to do either a trace clip or a blanket clip for the first clip for the season.


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post #6 of 6 Old 10-08-2008, 12:22 PM
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Yeah im thinking of clipping my standardbred. He gets VERY furry in winter, and he's a big boy so he throws off a lot of heat. After winter, around what month do you think I shud clip maybe? IDK I was thinking like april or may but im not sure, he's nevr been clipped before except for his fetlocks and bridle path and ears
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