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Keeping the clipped horse warm while being turned out

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  • Keeping the clipped horse warm while being turned out

    I have just clipped my horse for the 2nd time this fall. I always make sure he is comfortably warm with a blanket and, neck cover if necessary, when outside. But I am thinking that his legs and tummy are telling his hairs to grow because they are cold.

    I do not like to t/o in standing wraps because of the possibility of the wrap coming undone. But what about shipping boots? They go all the way up and if the velcro comes loose, I would not worry about the horse getting a bandage bow.

    My horses live outside 80% of the time, coming in only when the temp is below 30 or it is raining.

    I have no idea why this issue has never come up before in my 30 years of keeping horses..... But now that it has, I cannot decide on the best course of action.
    "He lives in a cocoon of solipsism"

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  • #2
    No wraps or shipping boots for all day turn out!

    I do not think the temperatures actually make their hair grow – if that was the case, horses here in CA would all be nice a slick all winter!

    If you are already on your second clip (I am as well), sounds like you clipped fairly early when their coat was still coming in. First clip of the season will always grow out quickly if you did it early. This second clip should last longer.

    If you are concerned that the horse is cold, try a blanket liner with a belly band. How cold does it get in NC?
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    • #3
      No boots. They could get wet and nasty, cause rubs, fungus, etc.

      OR you could look into the winny warmers.....not sure how practicle those are either but they look cute.


      • #4
        I wouldn't put anything on the legs. did you fully clip the horse or just a trace/partial clip and left the leg hair?

        if you left the leg hair,it shouldn't make the horse colder.

        the sunlight tell the hair to grow and you would be surprised at how fast!
        *Member of the Quality Free-Choice Hay/Pasture Feeders Society* Member of the As Much Turnout as Possible Group* FEED by WEIGHT not VOLUME*


        • #5
          That is definitely not how it works. Don't put anything on his legs while turned out.
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          • #6
            Horses grow hair as a result of day length. Not cold.

            When I clip, this is about the time I always wind up doing a second clip. Third clip is usually late Jan/early Feb.

            I have never seen any reason to think my horse was bothered by the cold on their clipped legs and belly.

            IOW, it's not broken. No need to "fix"


            • #7
              Just wrap him up unless it is over 60 and no wind on a sunny day, I at least sheet clipped horses. The only exception would be one that shows me they want less clothes, by sweating or acting uncomfortable.
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              • #8
                Feed extra hay if you are concerned about him not being warm enough.
                I wouldn't wrap a horse that is turned out.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Appsolute View Post
                  I do not think the temperatures actually make their hair grow – if that was the case, horses here in CA would all be nice a slick all winter!
                  I can only assume that this research was not done by vets that actually studied coat differences in horses that live out in -40C vs those that only "coat up " for -15C ... move the same horse from area A to area B & after a couple winters of transition, winter coat will be rather different.


                  • #10
                    ^^^ yes, I could understand that extremes will produce some coat difference in some horses.

                    Our overnight “lows” are in the +40s, and days are in the 60+ range in the winter days. And yet many local horses still grow very thick coats – which leave them sweating in the middle of the day. If local temperature (and not sunlight and genetics) was the dominate control regarding coat length, you would think that these horses wouldn’t grow such a coat!

                    My TB lived in very snowy area of eastern WA state before I purchased him. Despite living out (for three years), he grew barely any winter coat, and could not cope with the weather unblanketed.

                    So yes, perhaps over years, in extreme temperatures, as genetics allow, a horse will grow a thicker coat. I believe NC generally has overnight lows in the +30F range – I do not think that would be cold enough to prompt a yak coat.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by alto View Post
                      I can only assume that this research was not done by vets that actually studied coat differences in horses that live out in -40C vs those that only "coat up " for -15C ... move the same horse from area A to area B & after a couple winters of transition, winter coat will be rather different.
                      Generally because those two locations are at different latitudes and the *light* is different...


                      • #12
                        While we are having an unusually cold start to winter in central NC, I don't think you need to worry.

                        In my opinion, if it's cold enough to have a blanket on a clipped horse, it's cold enough to have a matching weight neck cover on them. If you're really concerned about chilly belly, a few places make bellyband turnouts.



                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Simkie View Post
                          Generally because those two locations are at different latitudes and the *light* is different...
                          not so much - it's an east/west transition (inland vs the west coast); similarly, horses in a given location will "coat up" more some years than others despite effectively the same "light" situation ...
                          I'm not disagreeing with the premise that changes in day length stimulate coat changes, but it is somewhat more complex than that ...


                          • #14
                            Research has shown that it is a combination of photoperiod (day length), temperature AND genetics that prompt differences in hair growth. That being said, photoperiod is the main determinant in hair growth for the winter season. My mares still grow enormous shaggy coats every year even though we now live in Louisiana, where it's 80 degrees in November. :/


                            • #15
                              not sure how cold it is where you live but I'm in Alberta where it gets to be -20, -25, even -30 degrees celcius in the winter. For our horses that live outside most of the time we do a partial clip, leaving their legs and bellies since those are not covered up by a blanket.