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post #1 of 9 Old 04-07-2014, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Shaving winter coat?

My colt cowboy has the thickest winter coat I have ever seen! It makes my other horses coat look puny! I can't seem to ever get to the end of it even after three hours of grooming! It has started getting quite hot during the day here and even the temps at night are up. He is sweating really bad and is always really hot to the touch. I can feel the heat radiating off of him! He looks miserable out there sweating under the sun and even in the shade! I have been thinking about shaving off some of his winter coat to try to help him out. Would this be ok? The coldest it gets is 30 degrees at night but during the day it's going all the way up to 70. If I do shave should I just do a little or most of his body? Any tips are appreciated!:)
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If he's in otherwise good health - no reason why he isn't shedding - then you could clip down the underside of his neck and his body - clipping at this time of year can affect the look of any summer coat that's growing underneath but if you aren't showing him its not going to matter
Assume he's OK with clippers?
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Jaydee covered it. Clipping just the neck, chest, and belly will help a lot.

I'd be concerned that he's having so much trouble with sweating at those temperatures. It's pretty much what we've been getting the past few days here in Portland. Most horses aren't close to shedding out completely yet and I haven't seen any of them sweating.

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He is shedding a lot but he still has so much of it! His coat is 3in longer than my other horses winter coat. He still has some baby fur left so could this also be causing a problem?
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I just body clipped my yearling gelding, Howard, today.

I am getting him ready for show season and he was taking forever to cool back down after workouts - and was still very, very hairy. Show season is now 3 weeks away so figured now or never.

I deep conditioned him immediately after clipping, and though he has some clip marks, they'll fade out long before shows get here -

For a yearling who hasn't seen clippers, he did really well - still have his back legs and ears to go - decided not to push my luck and will get his legs tomorrow and his ears this weekend when my daughter is home to help hold him...

Much easier to deal with his coat now. He'll wear a light blanket during the day and a heavier one at night.
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I clipped my mare, only to have everyone tell me I was terribly wrong, but on here everyone says it was fine. The clip has certainly made my mare more comfortable. We were jumping and it's hitting 80s and 90s and she still had her wooly mammoth coat sweating like crazy, and shedding was taking a very long time. With the clip she cooled out so much faster and I didn't have to worry about her so much. With the help of a blanket the last couple nights she has finally shed out the rest of that ridiculous coat (I only clipped neck, chest, shoulders, and girth). Just in time too, because now it's too warm for the blanket.

To be honest, IMO I like the look of clipped horses way better than the all natural.
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If you're going to clip now - it's all or nothing.

He should be fine being all clipped, just make sure you do a very good job and don't miss spots!! If it does get a little cooler, you can still always throw a sheet on him.

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I clipped stitch in March. I didn't do a very good job, but it grew out to a nice length by now, and he barely sweats!
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