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  • Clip options, what works?

    So I am posting here because Eventing gets more traffic, but I have four horses who are hunting this fall that are sweating like crazy right now. Oh and probably two more school horses that need done also. All either live out with shelter, or get turned out during the day without shelter and in at night, and will have blankets as necessary (although hopefully not too necessary).

    So I have done a high trace with great results, and none of them require full body, but since some only work hard a few days a week and will be very hard on blankets, I'm looking for the minimum clip option that will dissipate heat and prevent sweating to the point of the horse being wet, but little enough hair coming off to avoid blanketing, or heavy blanketing, as much as possible.

    Currently our temps are between 50-68F but expected to drop soon. Usually fall around here yoyos between 32-68 until late november and its common to get early wet snow in October, especially overnight. Poor creatures are dripping at 68F but I don't want them freezing their buns off in a rainsheet when its 40F either.

    What do you find is 'just right' for clipping? I know each horse will require modifications for their own body chemistry, but do you find a bib clip is useful? What about a very low trace with the belly left on? I saw a horse like this and thought it couldn't be enough to be useful, but if it wasn't they wouldn't do it, right? Do you think taking the chest off is key? What about the belly?

    BTW, here is my 'go to' diagram website for 'name that clip': http://www.peasridge.co.uk/clipper-a...se-clips.shtml

  • #2
    I'm going to do something along the lines of the Apron on the horse that's going Novice. My plan is to do him in late October (he's doing a hunter trials and a couple of unrecognized events in October/ November), in the hopes that it will be mostly grown out by December and he won't need blanketing.


    • #3
      We have a much more mild climate than you do but my guys live out full time (with shelter) self care -- I'm an hour away so cannot be running around doing blanket changes...

      I do basically the Apron clip, although I go a little higher on the neck, right to the throatlatch. I do find that getting the hair off the underside of the neck, and through where the girth goes, helps tremendously.

      On very mild days I have to dry them off after work (hair dryer works well), but I do NOT have to blanket for warmth in our climate (mostly 40s, 30s, some 20s, very occasional teens). I only use a rain sheet for cold rain (30s, 40s).

      They are in full work over the winter.

      That being said, when I had a horse hunting last winter we eventually did a much fuller clip as we had a mild winter and being out in 60 degrees going full speed for hours was really more than the Apron clip could handle.

      I suspect it is probably the minimum you could do and have them in real work -- you can always take more off and go for more of a trace if it's not working.
      The big man -- my lost prince

      The little brother, now my main man


      • #4
        This is my first year for clipping, but already I am impressed with how well a bib clip works. Actually, my clip pattern was more like a medium trace but ending at the back edge of the saddle girth.
        Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans


        • #5
          Yeah, I guess mine is really more like a low trace ending at the back edge of the girth, too.
          The big man -- my lost prince

          The little brother, now my main man


          • #6
            I usually start with clipping neck and under girth area. If it is still not enough, I clip more.



            • #7
              We live in Southern Ontario and our horses live out but are in work all winter. Like the above poster, I do a modified Apron clip...almost a combination of apron and low trace. Apron cut the front, removing belly hair only where the girth runs and also clip in front of the hind legs, in an arc like the trace clip. I have also done a trace but just left all of the belly hair on (except the girth ).
              Proud scar wearing member of the Bold, Banned and Bitchen clique


              • #8
                I think I am going to do a full body clip in mid-October and then a low trace whenever necessary. Last year I did the fbc at that time, and he grew a thick coat by mid-December. But I too am in a much milder climate!


                • #9
                  I consider clipping every winter (a bib or apron clip), but so far I have never done it. I usually let the girl grow whatever coat she can until we get rain. She lives out in a paddock with a very minimal shelter (roof only) and often will just stand out in the rain. Once it rains, I usually through on a lightweight waterproof blanket. She is an OTTB who has never grown much coat. Where I live, a cold night is in the low 20's and days can be 60's 70's so have to hire a blanket monitor for her. I wish I could dial her hair in for exercise, out for turn out, have an "instant clean" button. It would be so much more convenient!!!


                  • #10
                    I do a bib or apron clip on most of our schoolies, and it's enough for almost all of them (SE PA here, so milder than Canada). Last "winter," and I use that term loosely because it was so mild, I had to do a couple of low trace clips for the heavier sweaters. Bib and apron clips don't really need any extra blanketing. It's tremendously helpful to clip the girth area.

                    My horse gets an Irish clip, but he works fairly hard and he likes extra blanketing. This is my fourth winter with him. I started with a bib clip and each winter he got progressively nakeder.
                    I love my Econo-Nag!


                    • #11
                      I am looking at clipping my horse for the first time this year (not the first horse I've clipped, but the first time for this specific horse) and will probably start out with the bib clip to see how he tolerates the clippers, but my normal two clips are either similar to the Irish clip or a medium trace clip, and he may very well end up with at least the Irish clip if he tolerates the clippers well : )