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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2014, 06:15 PM Thread Starter
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Question New to clipping-weather help?

So, my horse and I have finally found our niche in the horse world-jumping! I started taking jumping lessons and was very happy to find out that my horse has a lot of talent in it. Although, then every time I worked her I felt terrible. Why? Because I live in Phoenix AZ where it's already been hitting 80s and 90s during the day and dropping to 60s at night. My horse has one of the thickest winter coats I have ever seen, especially for here! She looks like a wooly mammoth. Although she had already started to shed out, before I knew it a month had gone by and the shedding had made minimal progress. All the other horses at my barn already gotten their summer coats, and my horse was working harder than them, and she would sweat like crazy. I decided to clip her, although I have no one around to help me and I was new to it (maybe not the smartest thing, but oh well, what's done is done). We are not showing so I wasn't too worried about a clip that's not so great. Thankfully, my clip is a little unusual but not terrible. The clippers worked pretty good on her. Basically, I did a partial blanket clip. Her neck, chest, shoulders, and girth area are shaved. I think I cut it a little close in some spots on her girth area, so I'm going to do a lot of ground work and lunging to keep her in shape for about a week or so instead of riding (I have a very soft wool girth so I'm not overly concerned about rubbing, and she's never had any rubbing problems before). Anyway, mainly what I want to know is if I should blanket her at night? I'm feeling like I should but it hasn't been colder than 55F. She is in one of those open air mare motels (with the fence panel type stalls) and usually stands close to the other horse. The only blanket I have is a semi-heavy winter/turnout blanket. It's not thick but is lined with wool so I think it might be a little too warm. Any thoughts, advice, or tips for future clipping would be great! I'll try to post pics later if I can.
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-15-2014, 09:42 PM
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did you clip with the hair or against it ? You may want to get a sheet for her for nights for another week or so, AZ weather is similar here. Since you did clip while she is shedding, she may get odd hair growth. If she is thin, then she will need more help to stay warm than say a fat horse. You should have a trainer at the barn , ask his/her opinion.
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I clipped with the hair, as I meant really to only thin her out but it gave her a closer shave than I wanted (a girl showed me a bit of how to clip). I trailer over for lessons, and board my horse at a private house. I did ask the property owner's (not trainer) recommendation but all she proceeded to do was yell at me for clipping my horse (relations have been strained with her as of last few months, though I have been boarding there for years). She also refused to blanket my horse if she needed to be, so I will be driving out to check on her at nights. I will be moving my horse on the first saturday in April, so then will be able to check on her 24/7 (we are renting horse prop). I have a medium-weight turnout blanket for her, but nothing else. She is not underweight, but not overweight. She is muscling up from training. It just got dark here and is only supposed to be 55F tonight, so I'll drive out in a couple hours and see if she is cold. If she is, should I just put the turnout on her? that way she at least has something.
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Check on her, but I bet she will be fine. My horse has a similar clip--half the neck, chest, but not girth area, and does not get cold at night. I live in Flagstaff and it gets down to 25 at night. Even below freezing, he has toasty ears and no shivering.
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She shouldn't need a blanket since you didn't do a complete clip.

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I would put the blanket on her at night.
You took away her heavy to her she is naked now.
Till you get a mid-weight sheet and she acclimates to no hair compared to what she had... she needs something.

Days she should be more than fine in those temperatures and with the sun to warm her hide.
Nights...get damp, a breeze and no sun for any warmth...till your evenings go above 60's and she acclimates I would blanket her.

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Its not too cold tonight, so I think she'll be fine. It's above 60 degrees and she stands close with the other horses for warmth. OK, so here's the pic. What's the damage report? I hope it's not too terrible... I didn't mean to cut as far back on the withers as I did.
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And that area on her back where it's real shiny and looks like it's clipped-it's not clipped there.
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