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post #1 of 5 Old 06-27-2011, 04:27 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping - is there a bad time to do it?

Hey all,

am thinking about clipping my mare out, she is old and for the first time she hasn't lost all her winter coat. I am worried that she is going to be too hot this summer, her colour doesn't help either. Is there a wrong time of year to clip a horse? I have heard mixed opinions, some say whenever, and some say only when the coat would naturally be shedding so I donít know what to do.

Opinions, experiences, advice wanted please :)

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-28-2011, 09:16 AM
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It is not going to hurt her in any way to be clipped at any time.

Most people just don't want to clip when the new summer coat is coming in because you will end up cutting the new hairs and the result will be that the horse will be a different color than their normal summer coat. Also, after clipping the coat can look dull, so people generally want to let it grow out a little before showing.

If it is just to make her more comfortable, I would clip her whenever you need to ;)
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post #3 of 5 Old 06-28-2011, 10:30 AM
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I would be concerned about the underlying issue since this has not happened before. This could be the start of cushings. It could also be that her metabolism is changing due to age.

There is no reason why you couldn't clip her if you wanted to. I would get a fly sheet to help protect against flies.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-23-2011, 12:26 PM Thread Starter
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I will keep an eye out for the symptoms of Cushing's- she isn't showing any change at the moment from normal minus her coat. She normally has a REALLY thick winter coat and then loses the lot in summer, but she is just a bit fluffier on her neck and body than she used to be.

Thank you for your thoughts, I was a bit worried it would upset her coat growing for winter.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-27-2011, 05:06 PM
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We shave my collie during the summer because of her think winter coat. If she isnt showing any signs of problems I do not see why you wouldnt clip her, in the long run it will keep her cooler.

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