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    10-06-2012, 04:02 AM
Clipping and rugs

My shetland has been getting really swetty when I have been working him as im training him to drive. He works four to five days a week for around 30-40 mins. I have never clipped a horse before but my mums a vetenry nurse so im not doing it alone or anything but im not sure what design clip would be best for him and what sort of rugs to get him. He lives out all year round but because he is a shetland x he hasnt needed a rug yet.
All help will be much appreciated
Thanks xxx
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    10-06-2012, 05:34 AM
Since it's Summer, or pretty **** close to it (in Australia, not sure where you are) I would just be getting a couple cotton rugs and a fly mesh rug. Fly rug for the hotter days and if it's going to be on the cooler side at night, throw a cotton rug on.
In winter you'll want to layer his rugs. During the day I'd go for a couple cotton rugs depending what the high temperature would be for the day. At night layer a cotton or two with a heavier winter rug, 220gm to 300gm fill.
This is what we do for a full body clip. We clip a couple of our eventers and this is what we do. They're also stabled at night but the stables are open fronted with a yard. We also have unlined canvas rugs for the mid-season changes and rainy weather. Not that we're seeing a lot of that lately.
    10-06-2012, 06:19 AM
Thanks for the help very useful
Also I live in England so were going into winter soon
    10-09-2012, 10:05 PM
Will he be keeping to the same work schedule through the winter?

If so, I'd just suggest a low trace clip. That'll leave the majority of his hair on and only on the really, really chilly/wet days will he maybe need something to keep him from getting too chilled.
    10-11-2012, 04:18 PM
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You can take just the belly and between his back and front legs and a couple of strips up his neck so, a very low trace clip without taking off anything on the outside of his legs.
He will sweat less, dry off quicker and will be OK without a rug.

We use to do this to all the riding school ponies and they lived out

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