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Horse Articles :: Clipping a Horse
Clipping a Horse
There's a chill in the air and winter is imminent. And just
like peanut butter goes with jelly, winter goes hand-in-hand
with the age-old question: should I clip my horse, or blanket
This is a tough questions, and there is no hard-and-fast rule.
The right answer to the question is very individual.
So let's start with the easiest population first. If you are
planning on laying your horse off during the winter—in other
words, if winter spells vacation and the most arduous thing
your horse does during the winter is eat and sleep and maybe
walk a few steps from here to there—the answer is simple.
Let your horse's coat grow. Without interference, the thick,
heavy coat most horses grow naturally should keep him nice
and warm during the winter months, providing he is just spending
time in the barn and pasture.
If you choose to let your horse's coat grow, whether or not
he requires extra blankets will depend upon your horse. Heartier,
warm-blooded breeds like the Morgan might only need blanketing
in the most inclement of weather, while cold-blooded, thin-skinned
breeds like the Thoroughbred will almost certainly need extra
Now, if your horse works during the winter, you'll have to
think more carefully about whether you clip him or blanket
him. Why? Well, no matter how cold the weather the horse's
thick winter coat will cause him to sweat during work. What
is the result? A wet coat. Think about yourself for a second,
and how you feel after a few hours of arduous play in the
snow. You come inside all sweaty and wet, right? And doesn't
it feel great to take all those wet clothes off? Well, the
horse has no such option. He's stuck with his coat! And a
horse who stands around in a wet coat is risking illness.
So what to do? If your horse is working during the winter
months, it is smart to clip him. But, you say, there are so
many clips! Which one to choose? Well, that depends upon how
much your horse sweats and the amount of work he's been given.
A good way to go is to start with the most basic clip and
go from there.
To simplify, the five clips, in order from most basic to most
complicated, are: the pony clip, the trace clip, the blanket
clip, the hunter clip, and the full clip.
In the pony clip hair is removed from the neck and chest,
the areas that the horse sweats the most. In the trace clip,
hair is removed from the underside of the neck and stomach.
A "high" trace clip goes well up the horse's flanks, while
a "low" trace clip ends lower on the horse's flanks. A blanket
clip removes all the hair on the neck and flanks, but leaves
a blanket-shaped area over the back and hindquarters. The
legs remained unclipped as well. A hunter clip, usually reserved
for horses in hard training, leaves hair only on the legs
and saddle area. The most extreme clip, most often seen on
show horses, is the full clip. This clip removes all hair
from the horse's body.
If you choose to clip your horse, you will have to blanket
your horse to make up for the loss of winter coat. But there
are so many blankets on the market today. Which one is right
for your horse? Easy! Any blanket that keeps your horse warm
and dry, actually stays on, and isn't routinely shredded is
the right blanket for your horse. Finding the right blanket
is often done by trial and error; talk to others about what
has worked on similar horses in similar climates, and go from
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