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    04-15-2013, 01:39 AM
Clipping for summer?

There's a similar conversation, but I didn't want to hijack it.

So I get why people clip in winter, because of the sweat when you are working them. Is there a reason not to clip in summer if you live somewhere that gets pretty hot?

Lucas has sweet itch, so always needs a fly sheet, and I just hate to see him sweating like crazy. I am really considering a full body clip.

Is there any reason not to?
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    04-15-2013, 01:49 AM
I don't see why not. My best friend just body clipped her Arab so he won't overheat while they're doing endurance. Don't see why body clipping a horse so it won't sweat excessively or be too hot would be much different.
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    04-15-2013, 02:03 AM
That's about where I am at Drafty, why not. But I don't hear of people doing it, so I wanted to see if I was missing something.
    04-15-2013, 06:06 AM
Alex, most people don't clip in spring because you clip off the color in the spring coat; giving you either the funny gun metal gray color on a bay horse or the pale orange on a chestnut. Howver, there is absolutely no reason NOT to clip a gray in the spring, especially if it will make him more comfortable. I have clipped greys in the Spring for exactly that reason; and I clip my Appy pony each year. Lots of people clip Cushing's or IR horses year round as well.

Since you have a gray, I'd say go for it!
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    04-15-2013, 09:39 AM
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Same here. When I lived and rode in the south, it was common in english stables to clip the horses and ponies in the spring. :)
    04-15-2013, 10:40 AM
When I was riding my gelding I used to trace clip in winter to keep him from getting to sweaty and summer I would body clip. Here in MB we normally have a quick spring and it heats up pretty fast. He took a while to shed out and clipping him before his summer coat came in helped the both of us a lot. I never had issues with his coat colour if I did it soon enough. He's not ridden now though so no more clipping atm. I was thinking about doing it this year but I don't even know if we are going to get spring or summer, still cold here (not even above 10 yet once) and snow everywhere.
    04-15-2013, 11:43 AM
I would be concerned about flies having direct access to the skin, especially because for some reason the area where you board gets really bad green heads (unless your barn sprays). But since you have a fly sheet already, it shouldn't be an issue. Happy Clipping!
    04-15-2013, 05:03 PM
Thanks for the advise everyone. I was thinking about that too wetrain, so I will probably just clip the area that will be covered by the blanket.

I hate that I have to fly sheet him in 100o weather, I know he's miserably hot.

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