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post #1 of 4 Old 10-25-2013, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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clipping unbroken youngster who's sweating

I have a 2 1/2 year old gypsy cob who due to mild weather is sweating. He came in from field yesterday sweating around girth area, and has on recent nights sweated whilst in stable. He has to come in at night as all others do, and our fields are really open and exposed, so will need lightweight rugs or more during wet/windy conditions as it just drives across field at them. Do you think its worth clipping his bib and belly line and trying to control his temperature with rugs. Just thinking that as he stands in over night damp he may catch a chill and his mineral/salt levels being affected due to sweating. He was clipped at beginning of winter last year on vets advise as we'd been battling to resolve a mite problem and as he coat is so dense we clipped him completely to treat his skin. He was clipped about September time and then continued to winter absolutely fine. Just wondered what peoples thoughts were.
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post #2 of 4 Old 10-25-2013, 08:01 AM
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By using the term "cob".. are you in the UK?

Your temps don't tend to drop significantly, and if he is living out as much as possible, I would not choose to clip.

The cooler weather is on its way, and most horses (and humans!) are finding the bizzare changes in temperature harder to cope with.

Have you taken his temperature?

How good is the air ventilation in his stable? Strange that he sweats in there, as during the heat of the summer, the hairy tinkers at my old yard were fine..
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post #3 of 4 Old 10-25-2013, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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yes UK. thankyou for your reply. He is fine in himself, during the summer he lived out 24/7 but did sweat in the summer heat then too. He's in now at night with stable looking straight out onto an open yard, not internal stabling. so he does get wind/air. He just seems to have a very thick dense coat, as mentioned he used to sweat in summer too and now as he's growing winter coat and its so mild he's too hot. Just a thought to clipping some of coat to try and stop sweating as i did'nt want him in stable at night with wind blowing when he's damp from sweat incase he got a chill, had also thought about putting a cooler wick away fleece on him when he comes in, but not sure if this will make him sweat overnight even more. thanks.
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post #4 of 4 Old 10-26-2013, 09:08 AM
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You could probably do a basic strip clip on him, tummy and up the neck across chest. That would give him a bit of a cool-down area&have less fur on the common sweating areas.
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