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post #1 of 7 Old 01-31-2008, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping Should I or Shouldn't I ???

i have an eventer and his coat is thick enough but i wish to enter him in big showing classes in the next 3 months will his coat be better without me clipping or clipping him?
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post #2 of 7 Old 01-31-2008, 06:19 PM
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just make sure u know how to clip
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post #3 of 7 Old 01-31-2008, 07:46 PM
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And, make sure to clip well before any event so that the natural oils return to the coat (I would say at least a week).

Personally, I like the clipped horse more than the whooly coat look, but I don't know what kind of weather you have...so I don't know if it is an option. If you have mildly cool weather, but have good blankets, heated stall, and use good practice when putting up after a workout, I would go for it (if you know how to clip and if your horse is okay with it). I wish I could clip mine right now, but it is still well below zero...it will be late march before it is warm enough for me. :)
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post #4 of 7 Old 01-31-2008, 08:40 PM
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3 months away? Like... April? I'd wait to worry about it then! If you're in a warmer area there's a good chance he'll be fairly shed out by then. If not, you can always clip him a bit before the show. I agree, I'd do it with at least a week until the show.
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post #5 of 7 Old 02-01-2008, 04:37 PM Thread Starter
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thank you very much for your advice.. the climate we have is mild average of around 5 degrees but at the moment it is around 0 - 1 degrees.. yes we have a well experienced person to clip him... so if i clip him now and it starts to get warmer near the end of the month the clip shall have grown out?
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post #6 of 7 Old 02-01-2008, 08:08 PM
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I would wait until the temperatures are a bit warmer myself...but I suppose if you have the proper accomodations and gear. I would probably wait until temps. are consistently in the 30's and then keep him blanketed. The clip job doesn't have to grow out, the oils just need to return to the coat, which should only take about a week.
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post #7 of 7 Old 02-04-2008, 05:05 AM
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clipping a horse is more for the health and well being of a horse more than anything...

in the winter, when it is cold and windy is you ride your horse and they get really sweaty it takes longer for them to dry since their coat is soooo thick and they can get very ill if you leave them with a sweat soaked coat. If they're clipped, they don't sweat as much, if at all and you can just cool them out and put their rug on them :)
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