To clip or not to clip? To blanket or not to blanket?
Hey guys, I thought I'd post this question here because I always love the variety of answers I get...
1) I read somewhere that blanketing can be unhealthy for horses and mess with the way they cool themselves down/warm themselves up. Not sure if that's true but I thought that if I was a horse I'd rather not be blanketed and grow a full natural coat than be blanketed all the time.
2) I also am wondering if you feel that clipping is absolutely necessary. I'd like to not clip as it feels more natural but I intend to keep my horse in work all season. I've ridden a pony that was unclipped all winter before, and then just walked her out for long periods of time after my rides to make sure she's dry. I feel like it's not that natural and a horse might not be as comfortable.
But I'm a new horse owner now and I want to do what's best for my horse, and I'll actually listen to you guys.
Let me know what you think/any experiences you have had :)
(of course if it's a winter like last year's - where it was like 40 degrees the entire time - I will clip because he will just be too warm if I don't!)