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  • dkarp@juno.com
    there are several different types of hunter clips you can do. the down side is the horse will require a blanket whenever he is not being ridden. I am puzzled
    Message 1 of 2 , Nov 28, 2005
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      there are several different types of hunter clips you can do.

      the down side is the horse will require a blanket whenever he is not being ridden.

      I am puzzled about the 2 hour cool down - I ride to the hunt for 4-5 hours (warmer weather, of course but not warmer than your arena) with a horse who is not clipped.  I put a light blanket on him when we return and let him dry out from under it - is there some reason you can not do the same after you are donw riding in the arena - once he is only damp, not hot, put a wool blanket/cooler cover on him and let him dry out under it?
      SnS
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      Date: Mon, 28 Nov 2005 03:45:55 -0000
      Subject: [WestKingdomEQ] Oertha EQ Cold Weather Activities & Clipping Question
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      Well, after 5 weeks we were finally able to start riding Rocky again
      this last week.  His owner took him for a trail ride the weekend
      after we returned from the Fall EQ event and Rocky somehow managed
      to get high centered over a very large tree trunk hitching rail. 
      There was not much to do except let him exhaust himself until they
      could get close enough to pull his legs out from under him and roll
      him off of the trunk.  He was severely banged up, minus a large
      amount of hair and three of four legs cut and scraped.  We kept up
      ice water baths and wrapping and then finally had his legs x-rayed
      because the swelling did not seem to be decreasing.  No fractures
      but walking daily and no riding were prescribed by the vet.

      This last week we got the OK to ride and so tacked up in a balmy 10
      degrees below zero and started working again.  Thank goodness the
      arena in our barn is heated to about 45 degrees in the winter!  I
      must admit I was longing for the warm weather we experienced in
      early October in San Jose!  Today it was 15 below when we started
      riding.

      The downside to Rocky's recuperation and the colder weather is his
      nice fuzzy coat.  I would like to do a trace clip or a hunter clip
      as a solution to a minimum two hour cool out when Rocky turns into a
      wet horse after a ride/lesson.  His owner is reluctant to do that
      and thinks blanketing him will help reduce his coat.  I've not
      clipped a horse before but see a few horses in the barn with a
      clip.  I'm hearing both pros and cons about clipping and was
      wondering if folks on this list have any advice they are willing to
      share.

      Thanks!

      Clare




    • Rachael Keish
      ... reduce his coat.
      Message 2 of 2 , Nov 30, 2005
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        >>His owner is reluctant to do that and thinks blanketing him will help reduce his coat.<<
        I *seriously* doubt that a blanket out on in the middl of winter will make his coat thin out.  A blanket does not equal springtime weather to a horse's evolutionary desire to put on a wholly coat. :-)

        As Genevieve mentioned, we clip Brandee because she gets fuzzier than a polar bear in the fall/winter - so much that because of our unseasonably warm weather lately she was dripping sweat after a 1.5 hour, modest workout trai ride.  She would never dry out like that (in any reasonable amount of time).  So warm weather ( or adding a blanket) does not equal a shorter coat.I'm not comfortable letting her cool out under a blanket cause she's in a box stall, not ion a pasture where she could move around a bit.  So full clippng and heavy blanketing it is for me!  Different things work better for different horses/riders.

        My clipper and trainer warned me about too close a clip/irritation like Dianne said, particularly in the saddle area.  Last year, she left the saddle shaped area long haired, and I've seen this quite often -  but this year she shaved her back completely, so who knows!

        We always wash the horses thoroughly and apply LOADS of Show Sheen prior to clipping to save the clipper blades and be sure there are no mower-looking tracks on the horse.  I watched for the 3+hours while Deb did it last year, and tried my hand at it a little bit.  Given the opportunity I'd leave this to someone who's clipped alot any day!

        As Siobhan said, thre are many, many clip types other than the full body clip that will cool them down in a reasonable amount of time.  Is there anyone up there who clips for a fee?
        :-), Marguerite
        (willing to leave some things to the profesionals....)

        On 11/28/05, dkarp@... < dkarp@...> wrote:


        there are several different types of hunter clips you can do.

        the down side is the horse will require a blanket whenever he is not being ridden.

        I am puzzled about the 2 hour cool down - I ride to the hunt for 4-5 hours (warmer weather, of course but not warmer than your arena) with a horse who is not clipped.  I put a light blanket on him when we return and let him dry out from under it - is there some reason you can not do the same after you are donw riding in the arena - once he is only damp, not hot, put a wool blanket/cooler cover on him and let him dry out under it?
        SnS
        Am I the Siobhan you are looking for>

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        Well, after 5 weeks we were finally able to start riding Rocky again
        this last week.  His owner took him for a trail ride the weekend
        after we returned from the Fall EQ event and Rocky somehow managed
        to get high centered over a very large tree trunk hitching rail. 
        There was not much to do except let him exhaust himself until they
        could get close enough to pull his legs out from under him and roll
        him off of the trunk.  He was severely banged up, minus a large
        amount of hair and three of four legs cut and scraped.  We kept up
        ice water baths and wrapping and then finally had his legs x-rayed
        because the swelling did not seem to be decreasing.  No fractures
        but walking daily and no riding were prescribed by the vet.

        This last week we got the OK to ride and so tacked up in a balmy 10
        degrees below zero and started working again.  Thank goodness the
        arena in our barn is heated to about 45 degrees in the winter!  I
        must admit I was longing for the warm weather we experienced in
        early October in San Jose!  Today it was 15 below when we started
        riding.

        The downside to Rocky's recuperation and the colder weather is his
        nice fuzzy coat.  I would like to do a trace clip or a hunter clip
        as a solution to a minimum two hour cool out when Rocky turns into a
        wet horse after a ride/lesson.  His owner is reluctant to do that
        and thinks blanketing him will help reduce his coat.  I've not
        clipped a horse before but see a few horses in the barn with a
        clip.  I'm hearing both pros and cons about clipping and was
        wondering if folks on this list have any advice they are willing to
        share.

        Thanks!

        Clare






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