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    10-20-2013, 03:05 PM
trace clipping

My horse sweats when I ride in the winter and it can take hours to dry her. I want to trace clip her but I'm worried because she lives out side. If I clipped her I would of course blanket her.

Does this sound like a good idea our would I make her cold ? I see her every day so changing blankets is not an issue.
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    10-20-2013, 09:17 PM

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    10-21-2013, 01:08 AM
Green Broke
I trace clipped my horse last winter and it was great. I've never clipped him before, but for reason the weather was particularly wonky last year. I got tired of him having his winter coat, having a full workout, and having it being anywhere from 45-70* in the fall. I looked up where to cut on the internet, put masking tape of the horse to show where, and clipped away. He was fine with it even when it got colder, though I was in Louisiana, not Wisconsin!
    10-21-2013, 01:23 AM
My horse is out 24/7 and has a trace clip. The winters aren't too bad in these parts, he has a 200g blanket on at nights and only needs a 100g one for the day (unless it's overcast or raining)

Later in the winter I switch him to a 350g blanket. He has always been just peachy in them.
    10-21-2013, 02:13 AM
Oh deffo trace clip, your horse will be so much more comfortable, i've a 13.2hh pony my niece jumps and she turn's into a ball of fluff in winter and clipping her is great. It does't take half as long for her to dry after being ridden :) I go from ears right down to under her belly as far back as possible. She wears a 300g rug and if it gets really cold or we get snow I put on her full neck 350g rug all you can see is her ears and legs from the knee's down lol
    10-21-2013, 08:55 AM
Sounds perfect for your horse. You'll both be very happy with the trace clip.
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    10-21-2013, 09:26 AM
So you guys don't think she will be too cold? I'm in Wisconsin.

I was just going to do a strip from her chest to her flank. All areas will be covered by the blanket.
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    10-21-2013, 09:39 AM
Yep. Just make sure she's blanketed.
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    10-21-2013, 09:42 AM
Ok thanks everyone!

I get a little paranoid, she's my baby!
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    10-21-2013, 10:09 AM
Green Broke
Yep, as long as you blanket properly then she will be fine. I personally did my trace clip to include the underside of my horse's neck because it'll often get quite sweaty, but you do whatever you see fit. You can always go back and clip more a few days later if you need to, just don't wait too long or the hair growth will be uneven!

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