Clipping In The Winter - The Horse Forum
 1Likes
  • 1 Post By Wallaby
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Boondocks, Maine
Posts: 446
• Horses: 4
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:
http://www.horsegroomingsupplies.com...trace-clip.jpg

http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i3.../Camerashy.jpg

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?
How thick of a blanket would I need to put on him? It's been nice out a couple times a week lately but can get really cold sometimes in the day and at night.
Sinister is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Boondocks, Maine
Posts: 446
• Horses: 4
My internet was messing up so accidentally posted this twice..
Sinister is offline  
post #3 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 10:18 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,877
• Horses: 0
I personally do not see the point in clipping the horse in the dead of winter. But I do like in Minnesota (US) and it gets COLD
Casey02 is offline  
post #4 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 10:19 PM
Started
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Posts: 1,877
• Horses: 0
Do you have a reason to clip him by chance?
Casey02 is offline  
post #5 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 10:51 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Cariboo, British Columbia
Posts: 11,257
• Horses: 3
Well the purpose of the trace clip that OP posted is so the horse's doesn't sweat (as much) when you ride in the winter. A horse with a thick winter coat will really sweat up if worked even moderately & take forever to dry off. With a trace clip, they don't get as sweaty as fast & less time to dry off because the hair is shorter on the sweat zone areas. If I rode regularly in the winter, I would seriously consider trace clipping, cuts down on cool out time.
waresbear is offline  
post #6 of 8 Old 12-01-2011, 11:00 PM
Super Moderator
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Oregon
Posts: 7,366
• Horses: 2
I just clipped my mare for the first time this last week so I don't have a huge list of pros+cons yet but I can tell you what I've heard/already noticed.

A MAJOR pro for me has been that she sweats SO much less when I work her. For instance, with all her winter hair, she'd be soaking wet after a ride. It would take forever for me to get her cooled down and dried off, but now that she's clipped, she only sweats under the girth and the saddle so cooling her off is a quick thing.
Another pro is that she looks pretty darn cute with her clip.

A con, I guess, is that you have to blanket (and super stay on top of possible weather changes) and you can't let your horse go blanket-less on a sunny, cold afternoon, or something, because they might get too cold. That doesn't bother me since I'm not inclined to do that. But others might.

For me, the pros definitely outweigh the possible cons.

And here's a picture, just for funnsies. I didn't do a full trace clip because she's not worked really hard and I really wanted to just clip the areas she sweats most. I might do a more full trace later if it looks like it might be necessary, but so far, a modified trace seems just fine.

waresbear likes this.

Fabio - 13 year old Arab/QH gelding
Hazel - 14 year old Angora goat

Atticus - 4 year old LaMancha/Alpine cross goat

~
Rest peacefully, Lacey.
Wallaby is online now  
post #7 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
Weanling
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Boondocks, Maine
Posts: 446
• Horses: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wallaby View Post
I just clipped my mare for the first time this last week so I don't have a huge list of pros+cons yet but I can tell you what I've heard/already noticed.

A MAJOR pro for me has been that she sweats SO much less when I work her. For instance, with all her winter hair, she'd be soaking wet after a ride. It would take forever for me to get her cooled down and dried off, but now that she's clipped, she only sweats under the girth and the saddle so cooling her off is a quick thing.
Another pro is that she looks pretty darn cute with her clip.

A con, I guess, is that you have to blanket (and super stay on top of possible weather changes) and you can't let your horse go blanket-less on a sunny, cold afternoon, or something, because they might get too cold. That doesn't bother me since I'm not inclined to do that. But others might.

For me, the pros definitely outweigh the possible cons.

And here's a picture, just for funnsies. I didn't do a full trace clip because she's not worked really hard and I really wanted to just clip the areas she sweats most. I might do a more full trace later if it looks like it might be necessary, but so far, a modified trace seems just fine.

She is so ADORABLE!! I love the heart on her butt! Also, thank you for the "Pros" and "Cons" list!
Sinister is offline  
post #8 of 8 Old 12-02-2011, 06:07 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Northern Ireland
Posts: 156
• Horses: 1
I leave Harry all rugged and natural. That way he is always nice and toasty and since I don't do much intense riding during winter and he is very fit he barely sweats.
Upside, it means they can cool easier when sweating and they don't overheat, looks nice and clean and is easier to keep than a long winter coat?
Downside, less protection from the winter cold and they always have to have a rug on, also it costs money unless you do it yourself in which case you have to be careful not to stab 'em with the clippers and it takes time and all that.
AnnaT is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Clipping In The Winter Sinister Horse Grooming 5 12-05-2011 12:38 PM
Winter Clipping Monty77 Horse Grooming 3 11-12-2011 08:41 AM
Clipping a horse for the winter (but not all the way) LeviLover876 Horse Grooming 15 10-23-2011 03:29 PM
Clipping a 17 Hand horse with a full winter coat Piper182 Horse Grooming 8 02-24-2011 06:26 PM
Clipping! x my-baby-shah Horse Grooming 11 02-05-2007 01:25 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome