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post #1 of 14 Old 07-10-2014, 01:39 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping my white horse?

I have a "white roan" Appaloosa that I want to clip due to it being so hot. Is this a smart idea?
I don't want him getting sunburn all over, even if he is in all day.
Or is there a clip I can do that I could show in that would keep some hair on for UV protection?
Sorry if this sounds really stupid, just curious.

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post #2 of 14 Old 07-10-2014, 01:55 PM
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I have a "white roan" Appaloosa that I want to clip due to it being so hot. Is this a smart idea?
I don't want him getting sunburn all over, even if he is in all day.
Or is there a clip I can do that I could show in that would keep some hair on for UV protection?
Sorry if this sounds really stupid, just curious.
I had a dappled grey I had to body clip twice a year. It worked wonders for keeping nasty stains away. He had "white" socks mixed in with all that back skin. I looked up some sun screen remedies online that were animal safe, mixed it in a spray bottle, and off he went outside all day.
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Is he sweating badly just standing around or acting like he is overheating?
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-10-2014, 02:11 PM
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is he still hairy ? Does he have his summer coat ? If he has pink skin , he will burn.
I would not clip him. Horses do fine in the heat with enough water and free choice salt . You get the red licks or white licks, and it does not hurt their tongues as some people think.
Also make sure he some shade , even its from a tree that shades into his pen or pasture, or a shade cover, and you can make a fairly inexpensive cover with 4 post and some shade cloth.
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-10-2014, 02:11 PM
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In the middle of a Florida summer, I doubt he has long/thick enough hair to provide much sun protection anyway - if he's going to burn, he'll likely do so whether or not you clip, IMO.
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post #6 of 14 Old 07-11-2014, 09:35 AM Thread Starter
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Is he sweating badly just standing around or acting like he is overheating?
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Just depends, like he sweats so much now, that he rubs.
When he's outside he will drip sweat and breathe kind of heavy.

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Is his skin dark or pink?

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I had a wee little white-grey fuzzbucket who I clipped in winter. He didn't need it in summertime but I've seen ponies that do due to Cushings. Never seen one get sunburnt but if you do find it's an issue you can always stick a cotton rug on.

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post #9 of 14 Old 07-11-2014, 03:02 PM
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I have to clip my grey Irish Draft this year because her summer coat was thicker than it should be - just had Cushings & IRS tests done on her - it doesn't seem to have bothered her at all but she does have black skin.
My pinto that has pink skin on her nose and over one eye has to wear a fly mask that also keeps the sun off to prevent really nasty sunburn
If your horse is pink skinned & you clip you might need to stable during the worst of the days sunshine or buy a very light fly sheet
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-11-2014, 04:33 PM
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Ugh, such a cute pony xD
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