Body Clipping Conundrum

Do you body clip your horse during the winter?

No, my horse keeps his winter coat.
Yes, my horse gets a partial body clip.
Yes, my horse gets a full body clip.
Sometimes, depending on our plans for training, riding, and competing during the winter

Total votes cast: 1410

Comments & Write-in Answers

only the ones that are in training

11/24/2013 11:41:58 PM

I live in CT where the past few winters we have had blizzards that left 8 feet of snow on the ground

11/24/2013 6:32:37 PM

but i don't show and it gets really cold here

11/24/2013 6:15:24 PM

my horse sweats and gets very irratable

11/24/2013 5:34:42 PM

We never body clip our horses.

11/24/2013 4:18:52 PM

no i don't clip my horse. i try to keep her as natural as possible.

11/24/2013 2:32:30 PM

I don't compete or show my horse so no need to clip

11/24/2013 1:45:35 PM

never any clipping

11/23/2013 7:31:55 PM

But if I needed to clip, I would.

11/23/2013 2:57:48 PM

Need their hair, very cold here& turned out every day, don't ride much in winter.

11/23/2013 2:27:32 PM

Winter coat is there for a reason, like whiskers!

11/23/2013 9:32:01 AM

Not rugged either, they don't need it.

11/23/2013 9:25:58 AM

I do an "apron" clip on my horses.

11/22/2013 9:04:18 PM

natures way is usually the best way...when man interferes with nature the truble begins

11/22/2013 7:42:46 PM

If absolutely necessary, some do, but I don't. High altitude, severe climate, they need their coats.

11/22/2013 3:38:03 PM

I live in Park City, Utah and my horse lives outside. She is blanketed when the weather is <20 orwet

11/22/2013 3:31:33 PM

Only when in heavy training.. otherwise au' natural

11/22/2013 12:25:47 PM

Every 3 months, year round as he's Cushings...sigh

11/22/2013 11:46:46 AM

I have no need to body clip my horses.

11/22/2013 10:27:58 AM

I keep them blanketed so their stays shorter

11/22/2013 10:22:14 AM

I. have 6 horses and 2. to 3 of them get clipped ( leggs left) do to sweating and being uncomfortabl

11/22/2013 9:15:27 AM

OTTB - no blanket, no bit, no shoes, no grain! lol happy horse with beautiful manageable coat.

11/22/2013 7:44:53 AM

when I used to train hard and compete I used a trace clip

11/22/2013 3:15:55 AM

He get 3 blankets and a hood with 2 lights

11/22/2013 12:53:24 AM

Only my competition horses get shaved

11/21/2013 11:39:59 PM

All our horses are out 24/7, no blankets, in NH

11/21/2013 6:26:35 PM

She is a fuzzy cushings patient.

11/21/2013 6:23:47 PM

10 F is nothing ;-). It is mild were I lived, without blanket on horses ;-)

11/21/2013 6:23:43 PM

He's pretty much laid off for the winter

11/21/2013 6:20:16 PM

We believe in keeping our horses in a natural way if possible.

11/21/2013 5:32:26 PM

I own a Morgan with a big coat and don't show her.

11/21/2013 3:57:35 PM

He is very hairy in winter and I hunt so he gets too hot hunting and then too cold after as he's har

11/21/2013 3:03:54 PM

I never clip my horses. God gave them that hair for a reason!

11/21/2013 2:02:58 PM

One gets clipped, the other doesn't grow enough coat to need it.

11/21/2013 1:02:06 PM

I keep my winter riding to shorter sessions to avoid the horses becoming sweaty.

11/21/2013 12:39:24 PM

from the perspective of racing some trainers clip and others don't

11/21/2013 10:49:44 AM

i leave every hair on him to help keep himself warm.also has run-in stall

11/21/2013 10:10:41 AM

first year for no clipping or blankets : Well bedded stalls with wind break and let nature alone

11/21/2013 5:14:55 AM

I sometimes clip during summer however because my cob takes a long time to lose her winter coat

11/21/2013 3:53:29 AM

She gets ridden everyday, still gets sweaty, but dries so much faster!

11/21/2013 1:08:24 AM

I blanket over their light winter coats to keep them clean and dry.

11/21/2013 12:12:32 AM

My horse sweats a lot and stays in full work through the winter

11/20/2013 10:32:53 PM

If a rider can't take ride according to weather they shouldn't be riding

11/20/2013 10:19:32 PM

I'm in Florida

11/20/2013 8:56:04 PM

Have to trace clip, or the poor horses never dry!

11/20/2013 7:51:27 PM

Only clip the ones we intend to ride regularly during the winter months. They are rugged also.

11/20/2013 7:23:54 PM

I love furry coats and deeper colors of winter. Beautiful.

11/20/2013 6:48:04 PM

I like a trace clip as happy medium.

11/20/2013 5:49:07 PM

He lives in a heated barn and the indoor is also heated.

11/20/2013 4:58:41 PM

A trace clip is enough. I leave his shoulders unclipped so his blanket doesn't chafe.

11/20/2013 3:18:51 PM

there should be another option, my horse is blanketed to prevent fully growing her winter coat.

11/20/2013 3:18:32 PM

Absolutely not, they need their coats for warmth. I do not care how they look. The physical comfort.

11/20/2013 3:07:19 PM

My pony grows a huge coat no matter what, so I clip his chest and neck early winter/fall time.

11/20/2013 2:46:34 PM

Never! They grow hair for a reason.

11/20/2013 2:23:42 PM

I have to clip my mare because she doesn't sweat and gets too hot here in Florida.

11/20/2013 2:14:56 PM

My horse stays pretty slick all year due to blanketing and indoor board so I've never needed to.

11/20/2013 2:13:02 PM

I do not clip but am seriously thinking of it. I need to keep my horse fit due to kissing spines .

11/20/2013 2:06:51 PM

Just a low trace clip for the really sweaty areas.

11/20/2013 1:46:28 PM

he need's his winter coat

11/20/2013 1:29:47 PM

If they work hard, the damage from overheating when not clipped far outweighs any problems with blan

11/20/2013 1:24:06 PM

No blanket except rare exceptions. careful warmup, work outside & cooldown even here in NY.

11/20/2013 1:21:36 PM

Horse does not grow much winter coat so he has never required clipping even when in work.

11/20/2013 1:19:09 PM

My horse always looks like she is clipped even in the winter so I don't need to

11/20/2013 1:10:12 PM

We are in California so the winters are mild and he is inside most of the time anyway.

11/20/2013 1:05:31 PM

he starts of with a trace and then as his thick winter coat comes he gets it all off

11/20/2013 1:01:51 PM

We do not normally clip, but this year they are really hairy, even with blankets and unde lights

11/20/2013 11:59:08 AM

We have Minis and unfortunately must clip for shows. My non show horses are not clipped during winte

11/20/2013 9:39:56 AM

My Arizona horses grow somewhat thicker coats, but not longer ones, do not clip

11/20/2013 9:09:42 AM

My horses are outside 24/7 with a run-in shelter. I do not blanket so they do not get clipped.

11/20/2013 8:34:44 AM

blanket to keep sweating to a minimum

11/20/2013 8:04:07 AM

Full coat even tho I ride in winter; she lives outside & rarely needs blanketing

11/20/2013 7:21:06 AM

He is no longer competing; no need to clip.

11/20/2013 7:01:06 AM

Only the areas that sweat up most. He needs all other protection as he lives outside with rug on.

11/20/2013 5:57:13 AM

I live in Florida

11/20/2013 5:09:10 AM

I try not to blanket before thanksgiving unless a nasty storm so theyy grow their winter hair. I bla

11/20/2013 3:06:16 AM

Hunter clip

11/20/2013 1:26:47 AM

My horses have natural living conditions so a natural winter coat remains

11/19/2013 11:28:05 PM

Just girth area and strip on the chest

11/19/2013 11:01:10 PM

I don't show my horses, so prefer that they have natural winter coats for warmth.

11/19/2013 10:46:12 PM

I live in central Florida......

11/19/2013 9:26:19 PM

I body clip as little as possible, but will if needed.

11/19/2013 7:50:25 PM

I love them to be fluffy in the winter-makes them cuddly too.

11/19/2013 6:58:12 PM

Some of those heavy winter blankets get so heavy when they get wet.. truly not fair to the horse.

11/19/2013 6:53:12 PM

Mine is under lights and blanketed so he maintains a short coat

11/19/2013 6:35:33 PM

He's a Thoroughbred and doesn't grow much coat

11/19/2013 6:28:44 PM

My horses stay natural year round

11/19/2013 6:23:53 PM

only if showing

11/19/2013 6:19:22 PM

I keep training through the winter, so he needs to be clipped

11/19/2013 6:03:32 PM

depriving horses of their winter coat is never a good thing.

11/19/2013 6:00:17 PM

I blanket my show horses and not my broodmares

11/19/2013 5:45:53 PM

my horse is an outdoor horse who is not blanketed. he needs his inch and a half of thick fuzz.

11/19/2013 5:40:44 PM

had to due to xtra long coat this year due to cushings,he has been miserable on our mild days

11/19/2013 4:52:58 PM

Why would you clip your horse during the winter, when there coats keep them warm. Let nature do it.

11/19/2013 3:06:46 PM

i think its very vain of the rider to clip the winter coat!!!

11/19/2013 2:17:34 PM

My Shetland would freeze up here if i clipped him! God gave him his thick winter coat for a reason.

11/19/2013 2:02:47 PM

In Arizona our show season is in the winter so body clipping is necessary.

11/19/2013 2:02:15 PM

We do blanket, however.

11/19/2013 12:57:15 PM

horses in work get a trace clip

11/19/2013 11:34:18 AM

Living in Florida , not much of a winetr coat !

11/19/2013 10:39:33 AM

We do not show our horses so they keep their winter coat and stay out in all but the worst weather.

11/19/2013 9:17:54 AM

I weighed 9# hair from full winter clip in WI. Blankets a poor substitute for nature.

11/19/2013 9:10:24 AM

As much as I'd like to leave his coat, body clipping is the only way he can stay in work in winter.

11/19/2013 8:17:07 AM

In the south, the temp can greatly fluctuate from low to high a back. A trace clip gives some relief

11/19/2013 8:14:11 AM

So it takes more work to cool him out- I'd rather he kept his coat for protection

11/19/2013 1:18:17 AM

I live in Alaska and my horse needs all the hair he can get! I will never clip my horse in the wint

11/19/2013 1:13:35 AM