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Tips/Tricks for Clipping & Blanketing After

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    Tips/Tricks for Clipping & Blanketing After

    So I've finally decided to clip my mare, everything is going but the hair on her butt, legs, head and maybe a little area over her back. I've clipped a tiny little bit (clipped part of the neck of one of our racehorses) but am still a complete novice at it so any tips/tricks/advice/do's and do not's would be most welcome!

    Also what should I blanket her in after, she currently has a stable sheet, turnout sheet, medium stable blanket and a heavy turnout blanket with a high neck in her wardrobe. I remember from when I was a kid the pony I rode who was clipped wore a fleece hood, should I get one of those and if so should it be fleece or will the lycra be warm enough?

    Any and all advice is appreciated!
    Last edited by mintano; Jan. 2, 2011, 09:52 PM.
    Blog: My journey with two OTTB's

    If you are a novice I don't know that I would say "go for it" BUT if you are going to clip make sure you have a good set of BODY clippers and that your blades are sharp. Hopefully your mare will be good for you and forgiving as you learn

    As for blanketing, keep in mine that you are stripping them of all their natural warmth per say. I live in CA and when I body clip, I leave their legs furry- then I blanket with a medium weight and a neck piece. On really cold nights I put a fleece blanket on under to make sure that they are warm. It also depends on if they are in a stall or not. My gelding right now is in a stall but it isn't a box stall so I make sure that he is well blanketed since wind and such goes right through his home

    Good luck!

    Henry (House of Fortuny) 7 yr old OTTB


      Since this is your first time. What about doing a less drastic clip like a chaser or trace clip instead of the blanket clip?

      You can always take off more later if you need to.

      Plus with a chaser clip you don't have to worry (as much) with blanket will still need to blanket appropiately but you don't have to be as crazy with blanket switches as you would be with a hunter or blanket clip.


        I had my horse clipped for the first time the week of Thanksgiving. Everything went but head and legs. He is a TB.

        I have not had to change my blanketing regime at all, other than putting his heavy blanket on at slightly higher temps than I normally would. He has been perfectly fine. He does not wear a hood when he's turned out.


          Since I've been away at school, I haven't clipped my mare during the winter. But decided that since I'd be home and would be ridding almost every day, I would have to do some type of clip.

          Since I'm from MN - and we have gotten about 3' of snow this year and its been chilly and windy and my mare is outside for most of the day, I would have to do something that would still provide her with enough hair to stay warm.

          So a full body clip was out of the question and a trace leaves too much hair for her - she sweats a lot (always had, no matter the kind of weather). So I did a type of chaser like clip - and I really like - sure she looks kinda silly - but her cool out period is about 1/4 of what she would normally take if she wasn't clipped.

          I left her head, her legs, from her hip back and most of her neck furry, as well as a V on her belly. Thus, only clipped a triangle into her chest, most of her belly minus a V, and her body and back, as well as a triangle up her neck.

          It was definitely not the prettiest clip, nor the most even (I totally eyeballed it...) but I figured she doesn't leave the property during the winter and everyone at my barn rolls their eyes but doesn't say anything, so it has worked really well and I'll do it again next winter.

          As far as blanketing goes, she wears a shoulder guard (to prevent rubs), a fleece blanket liner, her HEAVY winter blanket and a hood. I also keep a bucket with a stable sheet, a turnout sheet and a second hood and blanket liner just incase it gets colder or her stuff is wet etc.
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