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Re: [RC] re: Clipping (Leonard's comments) - Truman Prevatt

Hi Cindy,

My old mare I did clip and blanket when necessary but this is Florida. We could see a ride one weekend that was 80 degrees and muggy. The horse I've been riding now for 12 years is a Florida native and grows little hair. I don't need to clip him unless I am going to try to run the snot out of him at a hot muggy winter ride - which I am not going to do. He doesn't have the issues associated with a long hair coat since he doesn't have one. However, I have to blanket him if it's below 40 or even in the upper 40's if it's particularly windy even without clipping. Of course last night it got down to 16 at my place and he had on a fleece liner, blanket and a rain blanket over that for the wind. I wish some of those Damnyankees up North would remember to shut the door and keep the cold air up there where it belongs :-( .

From all my visits to CO and from living in CO for three years, I could not phantom even thinking about clipping a horse in CO or WY. I remember several long stretches when I lived in CO when we were happy to see zero (F) and it was colder in WY.


Cindy Collins wrote:
Hi, Leonard. I always enjoy your comments and perspective, but I have to disagree with you on the clipping issue. It is a matter of personal choice, of course, but many very hard working mountain west horses in the USA are never clipped. Yes, one has to be careful in cooling them out in winter and meticulous in keeping girths clean and checking for galls. Our temperatures out here often dip below 0 F AND we often have raging winds. Many of these horses have a wind break or open shelter, but no barn. I know that this is hard for horse people in more "civilized" places to imagine, but we rarely see the kind of problems you are discussing.

Cindy Collins
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[RC] re: Clipping (Leonard's comments), Cindy Collins