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post #1 of 6 Old 12-01-2011, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping In The Winter

I've been wanting to clip my pony for the past couple of years and this winter I'm really thinking about it but I'm kind of nervous to because I live in the north, Maine [New England]. I know if I clip him I going to have to blanket him.
This clips I'm thinking about doing:

What are the upsides and downsides of clipping? What clip should I do? Also if I clipped his neck would I have to have a hood on him?
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 01:27 PM
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Why do you need to clip him???
It doesn't sound like you would need to.
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 02:02 PM
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hey :) my advice woukd be if you dont need to clip then dont :) you never said how much work your pony is in? horses lose most of their body heat through their neck so a neck cover would be a good idea if you do end up clipping him. x
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-03-2011, 03:51 PM
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In the Uk it is common practice to clip horses out - sometimes twice in the winter. The horse's natural coat is replaced by a heavy weight, waterproof, lined, turn out rug complete with hood.
My own mare currently has a heavy weight under rug with a heavy weight water proof outer rug. The horse gets used to wearing it. She lives out during the day and comes in at night when the daytime turnout rug is replaced by a warm stable rug.

The advantages are that the horse can be exercised hard and given cause to sweat but less so than if the horse was still carrying its natural winter coat.
If the horse is sweating it cannot be put out to pasture until the sweat has dried - and perhaps washed off. The use of turn out rugs allevaiates this problem. In theory Irish Draught/Connemaras can live out all year in Gt Britain without the need for any rug but if the outer coat is clipped, then the horse must be clothed.

The second advantage is that even if the horse rolls in a muddy field , the horse will stay clean.

The use of rugs comes with a warning: once you start, you never finish.
My mare has two turn out rugs, several under rugs, two stable rugs and
two sweat rugs and at least two lightweight exercise rugs.
But she is a pretty dapple grey mare - so "she's worth it" - as Oreal says.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-04-2011, 01:13 PM
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If you live in maine I imagine your winter is going to be rotten and your'e probably not going to be riding enough to make him sweat.
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post #6 of 6 Old 12-05-2011, 12:38 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Thoro View Post
If you live in maine I imagine your winter is going to be rotten and your'e probably not going to be riding enough to make him sweat.
Actually I ride every day for about an hour and a half to two hours, even in the 30 degree weather we have here; I just wear about 20 layers.
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