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    03-10-2009, 07:56 PM
But you blanket your horse once he is clipped don't you Cachedawntaxes? If we clip here, we have to put more blankets on than if we didn't...

I found that actually when I was over in America. It was april/may, and the horse I was riding, Crackle (so cute!!!) was clipped and not rugged. And he would shiver at night when we would put them out. I felt so bad for him.
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    03-10-2009, 09:48 PM
I'm not sure about the temperature conversions but when in the winter my horse wears: a cooler, light winter blanket and a rain sheet. If it gets below 0 degrees he wears: a cooler, heavy winter, light winter, and a rain sheet. And we leave the lights in the barn on longer in the winter so they don't grow too much of a coat. They go on around 5:30 when they get breakfast and at night they don't go out till around 9:30.
    03-13-2009, 12:52 PM
I live in Florida too. I put a medium-weight blanket on my horses when it gets below 60. Why don't you clip her instead of baking her?

And as for the light... They only need to be under lights for 16 hours to keep from growing a winter coat.

I'm not trying to be rude... it just seems like it would be a lot better for your horse if you would just clip her. A small price to pay, no?
    03-14-2009, 11:25 AM
Wow....that's amazing. I can't imagine. I think probably the reason your horses grow coats so easy is all the blanketing and such that they're used to. They're used to being so warm, when they get a little cold their hair kicks in.
We live in Indiana, keep mid-heavy weight blankets and sleazy hoods on ours, and lights on until about 9 at night. They're out during the day, come in at night, and they're all pretty slick still. If we blanketed/lighted them a little more, I'm sure they could be slicker, but we don't show much in the winter around here, so they don't have to be 'perfect'.
I also work in a show barn part time where it's heated to 60 degrees in the winter, the horses wear blankets and sheet hoods in the winter, sheets and sleazys in the summer. They are slick, slick, slick-could go to a breed show tomorrow slick. They have lights on 16 hrs a day and don't go outside.....75 degrees seems a bit extreme to me....but I guess you have to do what works for your horses....
    03-14-2009, 12:58 PM
Wow. I guess there is more responsibility when it comes to showing, huh? I have 3 horses & have never blanketed them. Nor have I clipped them. I, too, live in Florida, not too far from CloudsMystique. I figure they do fine in the wild, so they should do fine in my yard with the barn.

I do say though, that my Mustang gets the most wonderful winter coat. So warm & snuggly - I just want to take him inside & snuggle up to him when it gets cold. Somehow I don't think the hubby would like that, though! Lol
    03-14-2009, 03:51 PM
Originally Posted by CloudsMystique    
I live in Florida too. I put a medium-weight blanket on my horses when it gets below 60. Why don't you clip her instead of baking her?

And as for the light... They only need to be under lights for 16 hours to keep from growing a winter coat.

I'm not trying to be rude... it just seems like it would be a lot better for your horse if you would just clip her. A small price to pay, no?
clipping destroys their coat, and it looks alot better naturaly sheek than clipped to me
    03-14-2009, 05:11 PM
Their coat will grow out shiny and sleek if you clip them far enough ahead of a show. Also, if you use a lot of rubber curry, elbow grease and good feed on them, they will produce their own bloom.

Clipping doesn't 'destroy' their coat. Their coat is constantly replacing itself.
    03-14-2009, 08:33 PM
cliping is morse english my horse is under light at night too. His stall is right next to the heated tack room so there is heat leeking threw the window . He never grew a winter coat. So he gets blanketed any way because he gets to cold because he never grew a coat.
    03-19-2009, 02:29 PM
just a comment

I think everyone jumped on your message because you started out by saying " I know this is horrible but...". It made it sound like you felt a little bit guilty is all. Anyway everyone DOES take care of their horses different ways. I have no issues with that and I wish in the showing world that a horse could win by being natural. We all know that doesnt happen anymore...sadly.
I do agree, however, to the comment made about the lights. First it does mess up the internal body clock, just like it would us. Horses need to have the darkness for rest, and body repair as we do. I don't know why any barn wouldnt think of this. Think about sleeping with your lights on 24/ seems like overkill. You should discuss this with your barn manager. I understand not wanting to grow excess coat-but the horses state of mind and the normal cycle of the day should be seriously considered. And it sounds like blanketing is covered so excess hair is at a minimum.
    03-19-2009, 07:13 PM
Clipping DOES destroy the coat, but only temporarily. On chestnut and browns/bay's/balcks it also diminishes their colour a LOT. If you clip maybe a month before the show season, then yes it's ok.

Clipping takes half the hair away, which takes a lot fo the natural oils from the coat. This needs TIME to regenerate. It also breaks (cuts) The actual hair, leaving it with a blunt edge instead of a pointed edge, making it rough/coarse for a while.

Also, if I used a rubber curry on my clipped horse, I think he would try to kill me. Way too harsh on a horse who doesn't have the extra barrier of more hair between the curry and their skin! I only ever used a body brush on my clipped horses.

*Shrugs* I don't have anything against clipping, I will probably body clip my arab again this winter, but it DOES diminish their coat for a while.

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