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partial clip- at what temperature to blanket?
I'm thinking of giving my horses a partial clip. I live in FL and both my horses have been hot lately. Sweaty from just standing in the shade.
We get a few nights under 32 degrees, but not many.
If I give them a partial clip, at what temperature should I blanket?
I'm thinking of doing a reverse trace clip. So just the top of the neck, back and rump will be clipped. Legs and belly will still have hair.
Do you mean a hunter clip? All off except legs (although technically a saddle area is usually left). Never heard of a reverse clip as the top hair is usually left for protection and doesn't get sweaty anyway. If so then I would be rugging at temperatures around 32 degrees which is around freezing, my haflinger is hunter clipped and is rugged and we are not that cold here yet at night.
The whole point of clipping is to remove the hair from the parts that sweat. If you do a reverse trace clip your horse will still sweat and take as long to dry off.
I would do a trace clip. How high depends on you, the more you take off the thicker rug he will need though at those temperatures a medium tog would be fine.
The temperature you blanket completely depends on the horse. What type of blanket options do you have?
Since temperatures have been still in the 80's during the day and humid some yet...those nights when the wind picks up the animals do feel it.
Even tonight, temps are cooler and nice breeze blowing, if you clip you would need a blanket...and it isn't cold but your horse will feel it with his coat removed.
Me, I would be doing a medium blanket when the drop is 40-50 degrees with no breeze blowing and definitely use a blanket when the temp drop is accompanied by the cool winds.
Off during the day, maybe a sheet in the morning cool damp air, then removed mid-morning as the sun is still warm and temps go to the 60's and or better....
If the horse is t/o, you could use a lighter blanket if it is a weather-proof one...they restrict a little better the air flow with the moisture barrier.
I agree though you want to clip the underside of the neck, bottom of the belly/barrel like this at least....A Bib Clip
This is a High Trace Clip..
My horses used to get this clip... enough protection from the weather to need a medium blanket but gone were the areas that were the troublesome "sweat" regions...
Here is a link to some of the common clips...
There are of course many websites with pictures and what to do when guidelines...
Here is a pretty decent article with reference to the Florida weather...and what is done and why...
Good Luck, happy clipping and better yet...Enjoy your ride!!
Going to sort of hijack the thread...
I live in NE Pennsylvania. I'm working with my trainer throughout the winter this time, and I ride 5 days out of the week.
My mare gets VERY sweaty ): I towel her down really well then put on her cooler and lunge at the walk or let her eat some hay..
I have a plethora of blankets and sheets and liners so I was wondering what time is THE time to clip?
I'd like to do a very low trace clip. She's mostly sweaty on her neck (the whole thing) her shoulders, and belly/girth area.
BO and myself are both concerned with her going out at night when she's still so wet (she takes hours to dry and she's really not fluffy) even with her blankets on.
BO is fine with her staying in at night, but I'd prefer her to have room to walk around after working. I'm a little obsessive I think, but I REALLY want to keep her in good health.
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If she is sweating and taking all evening to dry, it is time to clip! No need to let her get sick by letting her get a chill overnight.
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This early? I thought we had to wait until like the dead of winter! Thanks!
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I have done a bib clip and it really helped. He was turned out 24/7. I would put a weatherproof sheet on at night if it was in the 40s and medium weight if below 40. I'm barely above the FL line on the coast of GA so I feel your pain with this heat! My poor guy has been sweaty most days lately too. I know as soon as I decide to clip though it'll cool off a lot to where he doesn't need it. -.-
Lexiie--You can also clip more than once a season. My jumper is one of the first to be clipped because he grows his coat very early and he SWEATS like you wouldn't believe. He then gets a second clip a little over halfway through the season.
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