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        10-21-2013, 10:16 AM
      #11
    Trained
    I would like to do her neck, but I don't have a good hood for her and not all my blankets have attachment for a hood. I don't want her nakedness to be unclothed!

    I had to body clip her in March and it was a huge hassle bc it got really cold again. She was wearing 3 heavy weights one night!
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        10-21-2013, 10:49 AM
      #12
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    If you clip the base of her neck, it will help dissipate the heat from exercising, but she'll still be able to be outside without a hood. You can also do a sort of fade from higher on the bottom of her neck if you can get a hold of clippers with the plastic guard That can adjust the length. Then, you can taper the length of the hair under the neck down to the base where it can be clipped normally where it's covered by the blanket.
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        10-21-2013, 12:14 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    I agree with what everyone has said: she should be fine if you clip her.

    If you are riding everyday and she is getting sweaty, life will be easier for your both. She will warm up and cool down more quickly and more safely, and you'll cut down the chances of her getting sick.
         
        10-21-2013, 01:12 PM
      #14
    Super Moderator
    I clip my horses and although they are stabled at night I always have top doors open and they don't wear neck covers in the stable. They go out all day whatever the weather and never in anything more than one heavyweight rug when its really cold.
    The time to worry about not having a neck cover is in prolonged cold rainy weather and when its snowing if you don't have a field shelter the horse will use
         
        10-21-2013, 02:10 PM
      #15
    Trained
    Jaydee, they do have a shelter but they do not use it. There are about 30 horses in the pasture and about 5 can fit in the shelter. If they used it a lot there would be no question for me, but they don't :/
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        10-21-2013, 03:14 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    Jaydee, they do have a shelter but they do not use it. There are about 30 horses in the pasture and about 5 can fit in the shelter. If they used it a lot there would be no question for me, but they don't :/
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    Haha, my guy is notorious for standing out in the middle of the pouring rain when he's surrounded by shelter! Do what you're comfortable with- even if you decide to do his neck in a month you can always just redo the whole clip. Kind of a pain, but you don't necessarily need to commit to a full trace clip at once.

    Also, this website helped me through the first clipping process. I had done bridle paths, cleaning up whiskers, and clipping legs, but actually touching the body made me a little nervous for the first try!
    http://www.doversaddlery.com/images/...20Clipping.pdf
         
        10-21-2013, 03:22 PM
      #17
    Trained
    We are going to tape her before we clip, my friend is going to help me. My horse will be sedated, she has a huge fear with clippers. I worked with her almost everyday for 6 months with the clippers with almost no progress. In March when she was body clipped she was heavily sedated. After that I was able to do her legs with out sedation. For the trace clip she will be moderately sedated so she had another good experience.
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        10-21-2013, 04:21 PM
      #18
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    Originally Posted by gypsygirl    
    Jaydee, they do have a shelter but they do not use it. There are about 30 horses in the pasture and about 5 can fit in the shelter. If they used it a lot there would be no question for me, but they don't :/
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    That is the problem with shelters, I've had very few horses that would go in them and I'm sure a lot of that is fear of being trapped in a confined space by other horses that may be bullies. I have a friend who bought a lovely one but several years on and its never been used by her two yet if she leaves their stable doors open they will happily take themselves in to their individual stables and spend the night there!!
    If your horse can't get into shelter I would spend the money and buy a couple of blankets with neck covers for wet and snowing weather - always good to have a spare.
         
        10-22-2013, 08:37 AM
      #19
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by jaydee    
    That is the problem with shelters, I've had very few horses that would go in them and I'm sure a lot of that is fear of being trapped in a confined space by other horses that may be bullies. I have a friend who bought a lovely one but several years on and its never been used by her two yet if she leaves their stable doors open they will happily take themselves in to their individual stables and spend the night there!!
    If your horse can't get into shelter I would spend the money and buy a couple of blankets with neck covers for wet and snowing weather - always good to have a spare.
    Kinda on the matter, even though I do not plan to clip for winter and blanket, I do have a shelter, only 2 horses on the field, however, at the moment I have only seen some poo piles there and they explored it when it was something new. Never caught them in there. Ok, we haven't had bad rain and snow yet (thank god). I have one blanket ready, however it seems to fit the fattest horse, not the one that might actually need it.
    They seemed to do fine in the shelter, and I don't they will fight too much there, but sometimes I think they have bad reasoning. Why stand with your tail to the rain or wind instead of hiding under the roof?

    I know plenty of horses who get winter turnout through the day for a couple of hours. They just get a waterproof outside blanket, one of them used to get a fleece underneath as he was freshly body clipped, both blankets with a neck piece, and he would hapilly spend his days outside, he actually sometimes got too warm (dark blanket, sun and lots of running). But then they switched his fleece, cooled him off, nice warm stable rug for the night. Never had any probolems :) He had an outdoor box, stable rug with no neck, neck shaved. No problem. Of course, it was not colder than -10C
         
        10-22-2013, 10:47 AM
      #20
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    I think the more open shelters - the ones that aren't like a long dark cave - work best especially if the horses feel that they have an easy escape route
    If you can put hay racks in it encourages them to use them but where you have a lot of pecking order tussles going on the ones at the bottom of the heap will rarely get the courage to go in amongst others in a tight space
         

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