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post #1 of 16 Old 12-10-2013, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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Why do English riders clip their horses?

Just curious. I'm on the western side of things, and we don't do that.
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I clip my horse because in winter he sweats quite a bit, so it is easier to cool him down, and there's no long winter hair to get all sweaty and have to dry out. I have shown western pleasure before and since body clipping is frowned upon in that world we would keep our horses blanketed with slinkies and the whole nine yards to try and keep their winter coat to a minimum. We would also leave lights on for longer in the barn, since light schedules affect coat growth also.

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I clipped my mare for the first time this year. We'd starting hunting and being a winter sport it can be cold. Clipping means when they sweat they dry a lot faster. So it actually keeps them warm.

I leave the saddle on when I clip so that section I do need to towel dry.
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I'm a predominately western rider, and I've clipped my horses. I know tons of others who do too. They're body clipped to help them cool out in winter, and also for aesthetic reasons. Other clipping like muzzles, ears, legs is done as show grooming.
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I'm a predominately western rider, and I've clipped my horses. I know tons of others who do too. They're body clipped to help them cool out in winter, and also for aesthetic reasons. Other clipping like muzzles, ears, legs is done as show grooming.
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I clip muzzles ears and legs. I meant body clipping. And thanks!
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[QUOTE=Prinella;4281778]I clipped my mare for the first time this year. We'd starting hunting and being a winter sport it can be cold. Clipping means when they sweat they dry a lot faster. So it actually keeps them warm.

I leave the saddle on when I clip so that section I do need to towel dry.[/QUOTE

Oh okay, that makes perfect sense. Thanks!
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I explained body clipping in my answer too
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I clip my horse because in winter he sweats quite a bit, so it is easier to cool him down, and there's no long winter hair to get all sweaty and have to dry out. I have shown western pleasure before and since body clipping is frowned upon in that world we would keep our horses blanketed with slinkies and the whole nine yards to try and keep their winter coat to a minimum. We would also leave lights on for longer in the barn, since light schedules affect coat growth also.
That makes perfect sense. Thanks :)
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Because I was tired of waiting three hours for my sweaty horse to dry after a one hour ride at 25*F so I could turn him back out. :) Clipped, he sweats less AND dries faster, and between that and a cooler, he's usually dry enough to blanket and/or turn out by the time I'm done with my barn chores after a ride so I can go thaw out myself.
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Yep. Clipping is not discipline specific. It's horse specific.
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