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post #1 of 12 Old 08-06-2013, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
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Winter show clipping?

My mare and I are going to start competing in show jumping and showing in hunter jumpers this winter... I've got a few show grooming questions...

At every local event everybody always has their horses body clipped, even in winter. I was wondering, is this to keep the horse cool after it warms up, or for looks? Is is absolutely necessary for either showing or the horse's health? We won't be jumping any 5'0 fences, we're jumping very low this show season.

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-06-2013, 03:39 PM
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Hi,
Here in Ireland, we always clip our horses in October, as the hunter trialing and hunting season starts then. If you think about it, its like us when we go ice skating: We start off with a tonne of layers, because we are cold, but after ten minutes of skating, we feel roasted, and need to peel off a few layers. (Everyone thinks I'm nuts for going ice skating in shorts and a tee shirt, but when they try it they understand!)
So with horses, when clipped, they usually start off with a buck or a frisk or two as they are cold, then they start to sweat as they warm up! This is where the clip comes in... Its essentially like peeling off your jumper and just going in the t shirt! Also, apart from keeping them cool, it helps the drying process if they do sweat. A horse with a thick winter coat takes far longer to dry than a clipped horse,consequently leading to a chill.
It also looks smart :)
If your horse does little, or no work he may only need a bib clip. If he does slightly harder work (like your horse) a blanket clip could work. For horses working hard, hunting and hunter trialing all winter, hunter clips would be good. And for extremely hard work, a full clip might be needed!
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A blanket clip? Okie dokie, I'll look into that. I just contacted a couple of local hunter jumper/show jumping clubs/associations, so hopefully we'll find out more about when we need to start showing. With just a blanket clip, will I be able to leave her without a blanket all winter or will I have to blanket her? Thanks :)
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A blanket clip? Okie dokie, I'll look into that. I just contacted a couple of local hunter jumper/show jumping clubs/associations, so hopefully we'll find out more about when we need to start showing. With just a blanket clip, will I be able to leave her without a blanket all winter or will I have to blanket her? Thanks :)
If we full body clip they get blankets. Trace clips will depend on the weather, but they will get one sooner rather then later. Our non clipped horses get nothing except a waterproof sheet when we get bad weather.
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Alrighty, well weather isn't that severe here in Arizona... we do get some snow here and there but it's usually not very serious. Do you have any blanketing suggestions as far as what type to buy? I've never purchased one before and I feel a bit lost lol.
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What's your lows? Average? Is he stalled?
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The lows are usually 30-40 degrees. Average in winter is about 45-55... SOMETIMES 60. She is always stalled, but it isn't indoor. It's a metal outdoor barn.
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For the lows you can probably do medium weight. Day time I'd do a waterproof turnout sheet. Inside a lightweight stable blanket. Really, just check your horse. If you put your hand under there and its boiling... To much. If he shivers then its to cold. Also, since horses use their metabolism to keep warm give him a little extra hay. IMO its better then throwing another layer on. Another PITA about blankets is it might be 30 at night but when the sun comes up and its 45 he cannot say in that blanket in the sun all day.
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Awesome, I'll invest in those. Thank you :)
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No problem!
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