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I recently rescued a pregnant mini mare and am wondering if it's safe to body clip. Obviously blanketing goes without saying and she is in an indoor box stall. Reason I am asking...She was filthy when I got her so I gave her a bath but the temperatures have dropped so it's not safe to give her another one. She would stand in the stall itching like crazy but the bath seemed to help. The past week or so she itching has started up again but because of her long coat I can't get anything on her coat to calm the irritation down. I should also mention I rescued her with a foal by her side w/o was doing the same thing but I did clip him and he totally fine...all skin irritation is gone. Just want to make sure it's okay to clip her?? I know I will need to clip her belly before go along so the baby doesn't get to the long hair while nursing but just curious about now. She is at 194 days today. Would so appreciate thoughts!! Thank you!!
 

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If you clip. You'll have to blanket her appropriately.

where are you located and what are the temperatures?
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I live in Southern California...She came from Michigan. Right now the temperatures are in the 30s at night but I have big blankets for her and she is in an indoor barn in a box stall
 

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She will be fine as long as she's blanketed appropriately. Not too cold, not too warm.

Michigan is warmer then that right now! Until tomorrow when temps drop and by next week we are in the teens! Brrrr...
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Clip her and blanket her.

Is she getting turnout outside of the box stall? I ask as your posts sound like she is stalled all the time.
 

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Oh yes she is turned out for about 2 hrs a day....and I bought a turnout blanket/sheet for that. The rest of the time she is indoors. Thanks so much for the input!!!
 

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Poor little gal. I'm glad you took her in, I'm sure she was miserable and having healthy skin is going to help her a lot! Have you checked for worms and parted her fur to look at her skin? Either of those might indicate what it is that you're dealing with exactly.

I demand pictures once she is all prettied up, and especially of the baby!!!
 

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I have done everything the vet said to for worms so yes on that! I have looked at her skin....Just looks flakey and her coat is a bit oily feeling I'm gonna say?? For sure on the pix!! Will get some!! She is the sweetest little doll! I think I'm the lucky one who was blessed to call her mine! Love my rescue babies! Everyone of them is a jewel under all the baggage they come with.
 

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It might be beneficial to try getting her on a supplement (not a grain) with vitamin A and E in it to help with that flakey skin. It did wonders for my little mare! Skin, coat, and hoof health comes from the inside out!
 

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Just an aside, would it be possible to get her (and the colt) more T/O time? 2 hours is very little for a regular schedule. Especially with her pregnant and the colt (and future baby) growing exercise is important.
I agree clipping I the way to go. We have a horse with skin issues during the winter and when we don't clip him he's a mess and when we do he's OK. (Pony- lots of hair!)
 

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For sure on the turnout time!! The vet said to ease her into it at first as she was so weak when I first got her. I will increase for sure!! Thanks!!!!
 
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