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post #11 of 11 Old 02-16-2016, 08:23 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Sharpie View Post
I clip my guy every winter. We ride regularly despite the weather and he gets very sweaty. It would take 2 hours to get him dry unclipped, and sometimes more even with two coolers to rotate between. It's no good to have a sweaty wet horse when it's 30 (F) degrees out and I just don't have that time to spend getting him dry after every ride. I think this clip is closest to a "chaser" clip? May not be a 'real' clip job, but it works well for us every year.

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With the clip, he doesn't get nearly as sweaty and also seems to dry much faster. He's usually dry enough to put a blanket on after an hour. I do blanket him now, but that has the added advantage of keeping him cleaner, which saves a lot of time tacking up so I can't say I mind at all. He's never seemed cold unless he's wet, even with this clip job. I've been out watching him when it's 26 degrees and he's still happy as a clam. I usually put a blanket on him when it hits the low 30's, but I sometimes like to let his skin and coat 'air out' for a bit and he never seems to mind. Have never seen him shiver when he's dry, clipped or not.

Be careful if you're in the northern hemispere though- it's late enough in the year that if you clip, it might not shed entirely out since you can catch some of the new summer growth coming in already. It won't hurt your horse, but some people don't like the look, and it might be an issue if you show. If you're a pleasure or endurance rider, it won't matter though.
yeah i was gonna keep the blanket on if it got below freezing or if it's cold and raining, snowing, etc. and once it gets warmer i'm gonna do like a trace clip or a chaser clip or if its even warmer maybe a hunter clip because he does have a huge coat so when it's warm and i'm working him pretty good he gets pretty sweaty. yeah i kno your pain i used to have to walk him around and rub him w/ a towel and stuff like that it was a pain. that's why i got the blanket, + the low around here has been around 1-2 degrees out so yeah been pretty cold.

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