My mare sweats after almost every work out and sometimes it leaves her shivering. I want to clip her and I have a heavy weight blanket, but I do have one concern. I don't have the turtle neck attachment to cover her neck. Would it be too mean to clip her without one, or is it alright to do? I would probably end up doing either a hunter clip, a trace, or a blanket clip.
Well, I really don't know what I'm talking about from an long-term experience stand point, but I did clip Lacey about a week ago. I gave her what one site called a "chaser" clip where you clip up the neck, the chest, shoulders, and half the belly. So far that's been working pretty well.
She's still pretty happy with her medium weight blanket (no hood) and it's been good. It's been in the low 30's to low 40's everyday so I'm thinking about switching her to her heavy weight but she's not dying of cold or anything. I think as long as you clip conservatively first (you can always take more off if need be, you can't put hair on) and take off only as much as is necessary to help her sweat less, I'd think she'd be fine without a hood.
And she's not nearly as sweaty after a ride, which has been awesome. :)
Here's what I did to Lacey (maybe you've seen this already, apologies if you have), kinda my own take on a chaser/trace clip:
If you are worried about her neck getting cold you could do the clip to posted a pic of just without the neck? I was going to do a trace without the neck because Alli got sweath on her chest and girth area, but then I saw the longterm weather forecast and decided Alli needs all the fur she can get hold of!
Hi, I have clipped A LOT of horses in my time as a hunter groom... I feel that as long as it is not TOO cold your horse would be fine without a neck...however if you arent worried about looks and just want to make her feel more comfortable I would go for a blanket clip. Leave her neck, head, belly and legs furry and she should stay warm outside and cool while you ride GOOD LUCK! And remember...the difference between a good clip and a bad clip is 2 weeks
Cowgirl Barbie: I'm looking for the opinion of an experienced clipper, and since I see you live in Canada too I think you'll have a good idea of what climate I'm dealing with! Just wondering what you think about clipping the belly of a horse that's kept blanketed outside 24/7? She definitely needs some clipping because she gets soaked during rides, I'm just not sure about the belly. Thanks!
If she is sweating a lot then you need to take off the lower part of her neck and belly and between her back legs as this is where sweating starts.
I would do a trace on her, that way you are taking the hair off the sweatiest parts.