Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: An English Girl living in beautiful Alberta, Canada
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Well, I guess none of us can give you The Answer, we can only try to help you deconstruct it a little bit!
- you know that if you work him hard (and that depends on his level of fitness of course) then he will sweat
- you know that you need to avoid him being sweaty on a cold day with no sunshine
- to avoid the sweating you either work him less vigorously, or clip him.
- if you clip him he has to he able to keep warm using his digestive system and remaining fur
- feeding him plenty of forage will help him keep warm
- but if you take too much fur off, then you might tip the balance, and have to start to rug him.
- some people say that rugs flatten the hair, and can actually stop them keeping themselves warm.
- any rug, whatever make, is done up at the front, leaving the bib clip area the least protected!
- you could take off a little bit and see how he goes.
- you might end up taking off more, and rugging more.
- you might end up owning a huge wardrobe of rugs of varying thicknesses with and without necks.....!
Does he live at home?
Can you change rugs easily if the weather turns and you realise that he is cooking/freezing in what you have out him in?
Does he stand nicely to clip??
Oh, questions questions! If it were me, I am an all or nothing girl. I either do a full hunter clip, and employ the full wardrobe of rugs OR I don't clip and I do long slow work that doesn't cause too much sweat. I find the inbetween very difficult to manage.
Get up, get going, seize the day. Enjoy the sunshine, the rain, cloudy days, snowstorms, and thunder. Getting on your horse is always worth the effort.