Hi, I have a 16.2 HH TB who is hard to keep weight on in winter. I've moved to a place with an indoor arena so I'm wondering if I should give him a belly/neck clip (least evasive one). I plan to ride at at least 3 days/week. I have a fleece cooler to help him dry out afterwards. He does grow a nice fuzzy coat but is thin skinned in summer sometimes with a cool rain. I feed him alfalfa cubes with corn oil and black oil sunflower seeds/rice bran (I haven't decided which I like better yet) to help keep his weight on.
So I'm wondering if a belly/neck clip would be worth it in our can be harsh Canadian winters (live in Edmonton, AB), and if so what weight of blanket to get (I know to get a 1200 denier but not sure of fill). I board him so he isn't at my house but I try to make it out to see him at least 5 days/week so I'll check for sores/brush him if he's wearing the blanket. If I should clip him, when should I do it?
Thanks so much, this is my first post so I hope it goes well :)