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Hello-New to horses. We live in Northern CA, summers can get in the low 100s but usually between 85-high 90s. Our retired 15 year old Thoroughbred is just relaxing with his pasture mate, there are shade trees available. Should we body clip? How much does this cost?
 

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I would clip in the summer if the horse was in very heavy work (competition horse) and the hair coat was just too much, OR if the horse had a poor hair coat for whatever reason (Cushings). A horse with a nice summer coat does not and should not be clipped it will do more harm then good. When I clip my gelding with Cushings I blanket him all summer (well with a fly sheet or sheet lol) because I removed all his protection. Yes he might be a *tad* cooler without the coat but it won't make much of a difference and the bugs and sun will do a number on him. Clipping is almost always a fall/winter activity when a natural heavy coat is inconvenient. He has shade and I'm sure fresh cool water. If you're concerned a fan will likely be a big hit too (keeps the bugs away as well.) Yes he will sweat, but the little hair isn't why he's sweating the temperature is, I sweat in the summer and I sure have less hair then the horses!
 

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I wouldn't clip if I were you : ) I would just shed him out real good with a good shedding tool such as a StripHair (My personal favorite) or something similar.
 

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If he is a normal horse without any conditions like cushings that make him keep a heavy coat, I would not clip him in for the summer. Usually people will clip a horses coat when they are going to be heavily working and they are developing a winter coat. Even then, protection then needs to be provided to the horse with blankets or sheets. The coat will help him more than you know.
 
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If your horse doesn't have any underlying medical conditions such as Cushings {one symptom is no-shed} or Anhidrosis {inability to sweat} I would not clip.
Even a short summer coat has the ability to loft and catch a tiny breeze to cool the skin and it does insulate against the heat and rays of the sun reducing sunburn chances and a light covering of skin is actually cooler than sun direct on the skin.
Shade, cool fresh water offered to your horse better acclimates to varying weather temps than we humans are.
If you see your horse not sweating, not shedding I would be consulting your vet for some help and information.
15 is prime of life for Thoroughbreds...hopefully your guy does fantastic with his status of "retired."


Body clipping done by a professional groomer of horses... probably around $100 per clip, may be more but not much less depending upon going rate and demand.
When I lived on Long Island, we were already paying $150 for a full body clip by the groomers several years ago...
You do get what you pay for in finished appearance...for a show ring it makes a difference!
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Unless he's in really heavy work, or has Cushings like the others said, no reason to really clip him. He should be just fine. :) No need.
 
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