partial clip- at what temperature to blanket?

       The Horse Forum > Keeping and Caring for Horses > Horse Grooming

partial clip- at what temperature to blanket?

This is a discussion on partial clip- at what temperature to blanket? within the Horse Grooming forums, part of the Keeping and Caring for Horses category
  • What temperature to blanket a horse in FL
  • Hunter clip temperatures

Like Tree3Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    11-19-2013, 03:07 AM
partial clip- at what temperature to blanket?

I'm thinking of giving my horses a partial clip. I live in FL and both my horses have been hot lately. Sweaty from just standing in the shade.

We get a few nights under 32 degrees, but not many.

If I give them a partial clip, at what temperature should I blanket?

I'm thinking of doing a reverse trace clip. So just the top of the neck, back and rump will be clipped. Legs and belly will still have hair.
Sponsored Links
    11-19-2013, 03:40 AM
Super Moderator
Do you mean a hunter clip? All off except legs (although technically a saddle area is usually left). Never heard of a reverse clip as the top hair is usually left for protection and doesn't get sweaty anyway. If so then I would be rugging at temperatures around 32 degrees which is around freezing, my haflinger is hunter clipped and is rugged and we are not that cold here yet at night.
Wallaby likes this.
    11-19-2013, 11:56 AM
Super Moderator
The whole point of clipping is to remove the hair from the parts that sweat. If you do a reverse trace clip your horse will still sweat and take as long to dry off.

I would do a trace clip. How high depends on you, the more you take off the thicker rug he will need though at those temperatures a medium tog would be fine.
    11-19-2013, 12:33 PM
The temperature you blanket completely depends on the horse. What type of blanket options do you have?
    11-19-2013, 05:05 PM
Since temperatures have been still in the 80's during the day and humid some yet...those nights when the wind picks up the animals do feel it.
Even tonight, temps are cooler and nice breeze blowing, if you clip you would need a blanket...and it isn't cold but your horse will feel it with his coat removed.

Me, I would be doing a medium blanket when the drop is 40-50 degrees with no breeze blowing and definitely use a blanket when the temp drop is accompanied by the cool winds.
Off during the day, maybe a sheet in the morning cool damp air, then removed mid-morning as the sun is still warm and temps go to the 60's and or better....
If the horse is t/o, you could use a lighter blanket if it is a weather-proof one...they restrict a little better the air flow with the moisture barrier.

I agree though you want to clip the underside of the neck, bottom of the belly/barrel like this at least....A Bib Clip

This is a High Trace Clip..

My horses used to get this clip... enough protection from the weather to need a medium blanket but gone were the areas that were the troublesome "sweat" regions...

Here is a link to some of the common clips...

There are of course many websites with pictures and what to do when guidelines...
Here is a pretty decent article with reference to the Florida weather...and what is done and why...

Good Luck, happy clipping and better yet...Enjoy your ride!!

    11-21-2013, 11:10 AM
Going to sort of hijack the thread...
I live in NE Pennsylvania. I'm working with my trainer throughout the winter this time, and I ride 5 days out of the week.
My mare gets VERY sweaty ): I towel her down really well then put on her cooler and lunge at the walk or let her eat some hay..
I have a plethora of blankets and sheets and liners so I was wondering what time is THE time to clip?
I'd like to do a very low trace clip. She's mostly sweaty on her neck (the whole thing) her shoulders, and belly/girth area.

BO and myself are both concerned with her going out at night when she's still so wet (she takes hours to dry and she's really not fluffy) even with her blankets on.
BO is fine with her staying in at night, but I'd prefer her to have room to walk around after working. I'm a little obsessive I think, but I REALLY want to keep her in good health.
Posted via Mobile Device
    11-21-2013, 12:36 PM
If she is sweating and taking all evening to dry, it is time to clip! No need to let her get sick by letting her get a chill overnight.
Posted via Mobile Device
    11-21-2013, 12:48 PM
This early? I thought we had to wait until like the dead of winter! Thanks!
Posted via Mobile Device
    11-21-2013, 12:49 PM
I have done a bib clip and it really helped. He was turned out 24/7. I would put a weatherproof sheet on at night if it was in the 40s and medium weight if below 40. I'm barely above the FL line on the coast of GA so I feel your pain with this heat! My poor guy has been sweaty most days lately too. I know as soon as I decide to clip though it'll cool off a lot to where he doesn't need it. -.-
    11-21-2013, 01:52 PM
Lexiie--You can also clip more than once a season. My jumper is one of the first to be clipped because he grows his coat very early and he SWEATS like you wouldn't believe. He then gets a second clip a little over halfway through the season.
horselovinguy likes this.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Should I add another blanket when I clip? alexischristina Horse Talk 5 12-22-2012 02:54 AM
To clip or not to clip? To blanket or not to blanket? julianeAHS Horse Health 2 11-06-2012 01:43 PM
If I want to ride hard this winter, do I need to clip and blanket? dynamite. Horse Tack and Equipment 5 10-05-2011 09:43 AM
Partial Clip on a Horse? IrishRider Horse Grooming 22 11-22-2008 02:00 AM
Blanket clip Pros/cons AKPaintLover Horse Grooming 6 03-07-2008 04:07 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:41 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0