05-06-2009, 05:08 AM
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I don't clip my boys but they are rugged at night. It gets too cold in the middle of winter here to have him clipped and out 24/7, we don;t have stables.
What I do to keep him cool while training is warm him up a little then get some water and a sponge, then I sponge his chest and around the girth with water, then we work and the evaporation helps cool him. Then I also sponge him after the ride and dry him off as best as I can afterwards. Generally if he is used to it and you aren't running him into the ground during your rides a little sweat won't hurt him. Just clean him up well after the ride to avoid him getting itchy from dried sweat.