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    12-21-2012, 05:22 PM
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Should I add another blanket when I clip?

I've never clipped a horse, but this year dear Jack is getting his woolies all shaved for end of winter / spring shows (and because he sweats buckets). I purchased a really nice heavy duty Shedrow winter blanket with a full neck, tried it on him a week or so ago and ended up leaving it on him because it was raining buckets (he'd previously been in a slightly too big, no-neck mid weight turn out). But now I'm wondering... now that he's been in his nice warm blanket, once I go to clip should I put another layer on under the one he's wearing?
I expressed my concerns to my coach and she said its something she might be worried about, but I'd like a second opinion.

Note: he's getting a body clip minus his head and feet, he lives outside 24/7 but has optional shelter. He currently gets grain, but as the snow and the cold comes I start feeding warm soy meal at night.

Another question: do you recommend leaving a patch for the saddle? Like the 'hunter clip'? What is the purpose of that?
     
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    12-21-2012, 08:48 PM
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Green Broke
You will have to see if he gets cold. Too warm is worse than a little too cold. I would add another layer but it depends on the horse.
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    12-21-2012, 09:07 PM
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Yearling
Here's a link to a chart/table that tells what wight horse blanket you need depending on weather. You need to change the thickness/fill of the blanket depending on the weather because the horse is no longer to regulate their own temperature.

Also, grain is not how to keep a horse warm! It is hay, that way it can continue throughout their bodies( Not so sure entirely how it works, it just keeps their guts moving!) To prevent wastage of hay you can use hay nets hung on the fence throughout the pasture/paddock.
     
    12-21-2012, 09:09 PM
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Weanling
Almond Joy...I can't see the link? I wanted to check it out.
     
    12-21-2012, 09:50 PM
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Yearling
Woops I forgot :)

What Weight Horse Blanket Do I Need - Horse.com
     
    12-22-2012, 02:54 AM
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Started
Oh believe me, he gets a LOT of hay. ;D But he drops weight in the winter so he gets a high fat supplement to keep his weight up, and a hot treat in the evening is better than nothing. And I'm aware of what fill he will need, he's in the appropriate weight.
Perhaps I should reword the question.

Because he is used to having this blanket on him, do you I would need to up the weight of his blankets once clipped? Does becoming accustomed to a blanket that would normally be all he needed once clipped affect his needs once he's all naked?
     

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