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post #11 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 10:08 AM Thread Starter
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I know quite a few western rides who body clip, although it isn't acceptable for western horseshows I believe (they go through even more trouble and do all that lighting stuff to keep there coats thinking its summer!). I think it has more to do on where you live and your horses workload.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 11:30 AM
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Around here all the english barns clip. I do not know any western barns or trainers who do. I know I do not even when I ride all winter. My trainer works all the horses there all winter and have never seen him clip a horse.

Now I do blanket the ones I ride but do not clip.

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post #13 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 11:41 AM
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Around here all the english barns clip. I do not know any western barns or trainers who do. I know I do not even when I ride all winter. My trainer works all the horses there all winter and have never seen him clip a horse.

Now I do blanket the ones I ride but do not clip.
I don't clip the finer coated horses, as they manage fine without clipping, particularly now, they have Bucas wicking outdoor rugs that can be put on a sweaty, damp horse.
My cob needs clipping all year round, his coat is so thick, he'll sweat up just standing in the field. If he had a full winter coat, he would look as though he'd been swimming after even light work.
I'm really interested to know you manage to keep working, unclipped horses in good condition over winter ? (I hate clipping, its so time consuming.)
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There is no secret to it. Just like in the summer warm up time and cool down time. However in winter instead of hosing the horse down they get blanketed with a cooler and then put their blanket back on. If you keep the blanketed appropriately for the temp in your area from the get go they do not get too bad. Had one in training all last winter not a single problem and no clipping. Just keep them blanketed.

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Ok I have a question. The entire purpose of clipping is so that drying out takes less time after a training session - this is correct yes? So the only difference between reiner and the english riders who clip is that they must just spend a lot more time during cool out. Of course they are blanketed in winter, but you can't just throw a horse out in the field wet after a workout with a blanket on. Right?
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post #16 of 18 Old 07-26-2010, 09:26 PM
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There is no secret to it. Just like in the summer warm up time and cool down time. However in winter instead of hosing the horse down they get blanketed with a cooler and then put their blanket back on. If you keep the blanketed appropriately for the temp in your area from the get go they do not get too bad. Had one in training all last winter not a single problem and no clipping. Just keep them blanketed.
Don't they get itchy when not rinsed off ? If the horse sweats a lot, surely its better to prevent the loss of salt by clipping rather than replacement in diet ? I do agree that many horses in light work are clipped needlessly, but for those that work hard, I can't see how they remain comfortable ?
My Traditional cob is so hairy that his winter coat takes 24 hrs to dry with a Thermatex on, in winter, tough fella, that he is, would, and has caught a chill. My WB X TB mare dries quickly being finer coated and she will not be clipped this winter, particularly as she'll be living out.
BTW, I'm not being pedantic, I'm really interested to know how you avoid clipping with the thick coated horses.

Miss H , Mentioned above, we use the Bucas rugs that are designed for turning a wet horse out in, the inner lining stays dry while the horse drys. They are very good.
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I would not call mine thick coated even in the dead of winter with blankets on. It gets cold here in the dead of winter it gets close to 0 but they are only out during the day and my barn is double walled insulated and when it is it is close up stays above freezing. So it is not hard to get them cooled down. The horses at my trainers once they are walked out are un tacked and have a cooler put on and put back in their stalls or tied in the arena. They cool down with in a hour and are fine. Same here. Does not take long to cool down.

The horses get worked quite hard just never had a problem with it.

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The new mare we've gotten has a full body clip (trained for western pleasure if that means anything to you). I was wondering if it would be smart to blanket her this winter? Or if she will grow out a full winter coat by then. In Canada we get -45 Celsius temperatures on some nights and she will mostly be outside. She'll have shelter and such and our other horses do fine without blankets. She won't be worked very hard as we do not have an indoor arena yet -_- .


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