Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
• Horses: 0
You are in a fix.
Unfortunately, you can't have it both ways. If you don't want to blanket during the winter, you can do nothing to stop the coat growing. You cannot clip anything, as it all has a purpose for warmth.
AND, you cannot work your horse to the point of sweating during the cold months. It will take forever for your horse to dry out and they could easily become hypothermic from being wet. I had a horse with a trace clip sweat after a long day of foxhunting in Colorado. I blanketed her, but when I unloaded her at the barn, she was shivering horribly. Thank goodness we had heat lamps, or she would have been in real trouble. Even a trace clip didn't help, once the rest of her was wet.
Not winter clipping/blanketing = no winter work, IMHO.