I was just wondering about clipping and if it's compulsory for the well being of the horse if you want to ride or exercise it in winter.
I'm wondering this because I want to continue riding Luca during the colder months but I'm nkt sure whether I have to clip him or not...I have a picture of his winter "woollies" (it doesn't get THAT cold here in Auckland, just a bit of frost in the morning and colder temperatures including rain during the day.) of course he's blanketed, too. He lives outside 24/7. Here's some old pics of his winter woollies...well, it was just around the end of winter. Yes...he's very skinny, I had just got him as a shaggy, neglected 5 year old. but well, here you go:
^poor Luca :( his bald patches didn't help either.
^his face looks creepy
And the last one.
Soo...do you think clipping will be necessary?
I will be riding about 4 times a week, maybe even up to 6 times, depends on the weather. Each session will be some walking amd trotting, some smaller jumps and maybe a canter or two. I really don't want to let his great condition slip, since its hard to build muscle on him and he's not the easiest keeper either..
Thanks in advance