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Re: ridecamp-d Digest V00 #423
In a message dated 03/16/2000 3:19:07 PM Pacific Standard Time,
<< Well there you go, its the owners convinience that you rug as its so much
quicker to groom a clipped and rugged horse... I live in the West Midlands
so we never have mud, Ho Ho ( sort of an English joke as Manchesters the
only wetter city area). However I find using a rubber curry after m >>
SIGH.............apparently I have again been misread.
I clip my 23 year old Cushings syndrome gelding because, even in the middle
of summer, he retains a winter coat. 90 degree temperatures, which I know are
unheard of in England, are quite common in the United States. And I live in
a temperate rain forest climate, (WA state), where it rains for 9 months out
of the year. Rain rot is a very real possibility to a horse like mine, who's
on pasture 24/7 and prefers to stand in the rain rather than in his very
nice, very roomy and very clean run-in shed. That's the only reason I blanket
my horse in the winter, as his hair is quite long enough to keep him warm in
even subfreezing temperatures.
I don't give a rat's ass how "convenient" clipping is or isn't..my horse gets
a grooming every day whether I ride him or not, because it's HEALTHIER for
him. (and, I should say, I enjoy grooming him.)
I wouldn't clip him if he shed out properly, but he doesn't. THEREFORE I
will continue to clip my horse's winter coat in the warm months of the year,
because when it's hot and he's hairy, he can very die of heat stroke.
If I had wanted a "convenient" pet, I certainly would never have gotten a
and Jordan (I don't care what she thinks, mom, clip me!!)
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