Clipping In The Winter
I've been wanting to clip my pony for the past couple of years and this winter I'm really thinking about it but I'm kind of nervous to because I live in the north, Maine [New England]. I know if I clip him I going to have to blanket him.
This clips I'm thinking about doing:
What are the upsides and downsides of clipping? What clip should I do? Also if I clipped his neck would I have to have a hood on him?
How thick of a blanket would I need to put on him? It's been nice out a couple times a week lately but can get really cold sometimes in the day and at night.
My internet was messing up so accidentally posted this twice..
I personally do not see the point in clipping the horse in the dead of winter. But i do like in Minnesota (US) and it gets COLD
Do you have a reason to clip him by chance?
Well the purpose of the trace clip that OP posted is so the horse's doesn't sweat (as much) when you ride in the winter. A horse with a thick winter coat will really sweat up if worked even moderately & take forever to dry off. With a trace clip, they don't get as sweaty as fast & less time to dry off because the hair is shorter on the sweat zone areas. If I rode regularly in the winter, I would seriously consider trace clipping, cuts down on cool out time.
I just clipped my mare for the first time this last week so I don't have a huge list of pros+cons yet but I can tell you what I've heard/already noticed.
A MAJOR pro for me has been that she sweats SO much less when I work her. For instance, with all her winter hair, she'd be soaking wet after a ride. It would take forever for me to get her cooled down and dried off, but now that she's clipped, she only sweats under the girth and the saddle so cooling her off is a quick thing.
Another pro is that she looks pretty darn cute with her clip. :lol:
A con, I guess, is that you have to blanket (and super stay on top of possible weather changes) and you can't let your horse go blanket-less on a sunny, cold afternoon, or something, because they might get too cold. That doesn't bother me since I'm not inclined to do that. but others might.
For me, the pros definitely outweigh the possible cons.
And here's a picture, just for funnsies. I didn't do a full trace clip because she's not worked really hard and I really wanted to just clip the areas she sweats most. I might do a more full trace later if it looks like it might be necessary, but so far, a modified trace seems just fine.
I leave Harry all rugged and natural. That way he is always nice and toasty and since I dont do much intense riding during winter and he is very fit he barely sweats.
Upside, it means they can cool easier when sweating and they dont overheat, looks nice and clean and is easier to keep than a long winter coat?
Downside, less protection from the winter cold and they always have to have a rug on, also it costs money unless you do it yourself in which case you have to be careful not to stab 'em with the clippers and it takes time and all that.
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