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Re: [RC] [RC] Clipping - Maryanne Gabbani

But some of these horses are living outdoors in places where winter really is WINTER. Even here in Egypt having my horses outdoors at 24/7 I don't clip them. We might be able to do so since the lowest temps are about 5 to 10 C (quite above freezing) in the winter, but then I might have to blanket them or something and blankets are a pain to find here.

Quite a lot of the horses in the US if they are coming from the midwest or even parts of the southwest are dealing with temperatures below freezing and they aren't living in boxes at all. I probably wouldn't clip either with that weather.


On Jan 3, 2008 2:05 PM, Jay Randle <splendacrest@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Leonard
I thought the exact same thing when I saw the photos!  Why aren't these horses clipped?  Clipping allows the horse to dry much faster, especially in cold weather, and also allows the better use of rugs, etc, in order to balance heat loss at vet checks.  We have some pretty cold rides here, too, and I haven't experienced the cramping problems that seem to have happened at the NM ride.
We don't use rump rugs much though.... as the horse comes into the vet check the tack is removed and a warm rug is immediately placed on the horse prior to determining any pulse.  Once the pulse is verified, the rug can be moved backwards to only cover the rump if it is neccessary to cool the horse down any.
BTW.... well done to Valerie!! 

Best regards

Jay Randle

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