I've only done it one winter, and that was last year; the mare I have got easily sweated and fatigued because she hadn't been in work for a while before I got her, plus she moved from lower altitude to a much higher one when she got to me. So I did a trace clip on her, and that made a HUGE difference for her...blanketing was a pain, but we got through and it was so much easier working her when she wasn't so miserable.
This year I do not plan on clipping her, and SO far she has not had much issue staying 'cool', and such even though I am working her even harder this year compared to last. I'm glad, and I hope it stays that way! I don't have the luxury of having her out my back door now, like I did last year.
Your horse should be just fine without being clipped, especially if he's not in heavy work. That you have blankets for him, even if he does get sweaty, just blanket him until he dries and then fluff him back up later. That's what I did back in my home state of MN...If they got really sweated I would just blanket the horse, cool him out, and toss a different blanket on him to dry him out.
"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
Last edited by mom2pride; 12-04-2010 at 11:15 PM.