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    08-30-2009, 10:57 AM
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Why do people shave their horses? I'm not talking about just trimming up things like their bridle paths and stuff...but like their whole body..and in patches. Anybody know?
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    08-30-2009, 11:03 AM
Green Broke
One of the ponys at my barn has cushings(sp?) so he does not shed like other horses. He doesnt shed his winter coat at all! So we have to shave him 2 times a year.

But if you are talking about like english riders, why they shave there horses, I am pretty sure its just because it looks neater. But I am not 100% sure.
    08-30-2009, 11:10 AM
I mean like, I've seen some horses that have just their necks shaved. I've also seen others with their neck and legs left unshaved but their body shaved. I've also seen others with everything but their legs shaved. It just strikes me as odd.
    08-30-2009, 11:15 AM
Green Broke
Yeah, I think its just because it makes the horses look neater.
    08-30-2009, 11:16 AM
It is an overheating thing. If you work a horse hard then it will sweat and time must be taken after the ride to cool the horse down. Whereas if you clip a horse out - even part clip around the neck and chest, then the sweating problem can be reduced.

In colder climates the horse may be fully clipped out and then when put out during the day or night a horse blanket can be fitted to keep the horse warm. Some breeds of cobs grow a thick woolly coat which inhibits their use even in quite cold weather.

Barry G

PS I hate to admit it, but my "delicate" irish draught mare has four coats - each of different weight.
    08-30-2009, 11:18 AM
Green Broke
^^ Interesting!
    08-30-2009, 11:23 AM
Just to be clear its normally called clipping

And yes it is to do with over heating because in winter if the horse has a big thick coat and over sweats then it could result in sickness such as a virus and flus of types and it is just easier on you and your horse if you show in winter in cold climates
    08-30-2009, 11:25 AM
Hm. That's interesting.
    08-30-2009, 07:38 PM
^ I'm with the above. I body clipped my gelding this winter because winter is my busiest competeing time. I ride long weekend of mounted games, campdrafting, stockwork... All high-impact, hard events. Without being clipped he would sweat a lot, and then would either take ages to cool out, or risk getting a chill while still wet. It's just a health thing for me at the moment.

*Plus, I did it myself and it looks horrible, so it's definitely not for looks in my case :p*
    08-30-2009, 07:57 PM
english people clip in winter to prevent their horse(s) catching a chill if it sweats (after work it can be sponged but still dried & warmed up quickly, if the horse sweats with a full coat it will stay damp and cold for a long time - which obviously isn't a good thing) - this is also the reason that a lot of english people rug their horses up to the eyeballs - to keep them really warm and so they don't have to clip as often

also, it is a requirement in some english showing classes for the horse to be clipped e.g. Show cobs
(but some people do clip just to make their horses look neater)

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