03-15-2014, 06:15 PM
| || | 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.