Your horses coat will grow thicker in the winter, and this can cause a problem if you ride, exercise or compete regularly. The thicker the coat the more likely your horse will sweat up during exercise.
If you ride, exercise and compete regularly but decide to keep your horse un-clipped, then you should monitor how hot your horse gets during work, and limit the amount of work in case your horse overheats.
Likewise, if you rug up a sweaty horse that has a full winter coat, and don’t walk it off to allow it to cool down properly, you risk giving your horse a chill.
Owners mainly clip their horses coat to make their horse more comfortable in work, to work for longer and to prevent overheating. Your horse will cool down and dry off much quicker without a full winter coat that traps the sweat & heat.
Clipping can also help when a horse has Cushings, as this can cause them to grow a very heavy coat all year round.
Our header image shows Vincent, clipped & hogged, winning the heavyweight cob at Lincolnshire show.
You should always use a suitable clipping style…
A clip that suits your horses workload. A fully clipped out horse or pony may look good, but if you don’t work, exercise or ride everyday it’s unsuitable. Unless your horse is kept warm, using the proper rugs, and comfortable at night in its stable, it will simply lose condition.
The clipping styles shown below are recognised as the most common and can be booked through Debbie and The Tack Room.
- Think about the work you and your horse do
- Consider how much work you will do
- Examine the type of coat your horse has
- Consider the weather in your locality
- Think about rugs
- Consider how to keep your horse warm
- What clip will suit the work you do
- WIll you work your horse daily or only at the weekends