I know there are a couple other topics on here for clipping, but I didn't really want to bump up old threads and yea ..
So! I am completely new to clipping. Every horse at our barn is clipped annually, but only in the spring time. And while I've had my pony for quite some time, she's never needed clipped so never had to do it. I'd just like a second opinion on what time of year is good for doing a clip, and what type of clip would be best. I am used to seeing full body clips.
I've been told that clipping before winter or during winter is a no-no, and only do it when it starts to warm up, usually around March or April depending on the year. My mare is a larger TB, still young and bouncy (I don't know if that makes a difference?), lives inside with a run out she can use at all hours. I blanket her starting in October with a medium weight (though she'll be double blanketed with a light stable blanket under her medium weight come next week). As it is right now all the horses on the property need to be on a rotation schedule for turnout as we had a fence break plus we're doing construction on the far far field so she only gets turned out every 3rd day from 11am - 5pm. Our temperatures are already in the minuses sometimes over night (-2 is the lowest I have seen), and generally about +2c by 8pm. She gets lunged probably 5x a week currently, and ridden about 3 give or take. She is still a young so we're not working on any HUGE workouts yet, no cantering/jumping quite yet.
Sorry that was so long, but I know next to nothing about clipping since I have always just been told "do it this way" lol. Again, just looking for second opinions