Riding a clipped horse outside? Help ASAP

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    01-22-2011, 02:47 AM
Riding a clipped horse outside? Help ASAP

Hey guys, so my sister and I were planning on going for a trail ride tomorrow and I was wondering if it would be too cold for my horse. He has a trace clip, meaning his throat, chest, shoulders, and his barrel (Excluding his tummy) is all shaved. When he is turned out, he has a winter blanket on for warmth. Its supposed to be around -5*C or 23*F. Will he be too cold to be ridden outside for a few hours? If it will be too cold, is there anything I can do to make it warmer? Like putting his fleece cooler on underneath his tack?
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    01-22-2011, 03:16 AM
As long as you make sure he is properly warmed up muscle-wise, he will be fine. I have trace-clipped my mare most winters and rode her plenty. =]
    01-22-2011, 03:17 AM
Originally Posted by riccil0ve    
As long as you make sure he is properly warmed up muscle-wise, he will be fine. I have trace-clipped my mare most winters and rode her plenty. =]

So warm him up inside first? Or just warm him up really well outside first?
We wont be doing anymore then a trot or a slow canter anyways, the snow is insanely deep here!
    01-22-2011, 03:19 AM
I would warm him up in your arena first, maybe a twenty minute walk and trot warm up to get his blood pumping. Just don't work him into a sweat before you get out.
    01-22-2011, 03:24 AM
Thanks so much!
    01-22-2011, 05:39 PM
We ride out almost any weather, its not a problem if you take precautions like warming up properly like riccil0ve said and not sweating too much. Dry him off when you get back, put his blanket on and he'll be fine. Have fun!

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