Poll

Clip Job

Do you body clip your horses in the Fall/Winter?

Yes, I do a full-body clip
8%
56
Yes, I only do a trace or hunter clip
9%
64
Yes, I only do a blanket clip
3%
18
No, I do not clip my horse
81%
576

Total votes cast: 714

Comments & Write-in Answers

The most natural isn't always the best -- but it usually is.

10/10/2011 10:48:36 PM

I don't show anymore, so I reduce riding in the winter.

10/10/2011 9:17:15 PM

My show horses are in a heated barn & blanketed all winter

10/10/2011 7:50:00 PM

they live out 24/7 in UK, rugged as reqired so need as much natural protection as possible

10/10/2011 6:51:39 PM

no need to body clip or keep under lights! Those are stupid and only done by stupid people!

10/10/2011 4:21:41 PM

We show in the winter - Florida

10/9/2011 10:30:33 PM

if I'm planning on showing them

10/9/2011 2:19:45 PM

I believe in leaving all the hair intact that God gave my horses. Our winters are very harsh .

10/8/2011 10:47:40 PM

Otherwise he is totally sweaty even after just walking!

10/8/2011 5:53:19 PM

God gave my minis fuzzy coats for a reason! !

10/8/2011 10:47:16 AM

only during the summer I do

10/8/2011 4:19:13 AM

Cushings Disease, so all of the above

10/6/2011 10:40:41 PM

Never. I want them to enjoy being a horse & loved, cared for. No shoes EVER

10/6/2011 10:40:36 PM

I don't show my horses, and I don't want to blanket more than in extreme circumstances

10/6/2011 9:28:01 PM

She's not in work so is pretty unlikely to sweat up.

10/6/2011 9:20:22 PM

BREAST AND GULLET CLIP ON WOOLY PONIES ONLY.

10/6/2011 6:39:10 PM

In California they sweat too much if you don't clip.

10/6/2011 4:06:35 PM

I don't do any cruel things to my horse, and that includes clipping.

10/6/2011 3:52:28 PM

Do not blanket either-they have access to stall when it rains here in the NW

10/6/2011 3:19:27 PM

just keep my horse under lights and blankets

10/6/2011 3:18:40 PM

Clip bridle path, whiskers

10/6/2011 3:12:18 PM

Depends on the horse. We live and show in Florida. If a horse has a thick coat it has to be cliped.

10/6/2011 2:43:52 PM

They are pastured with shelter year round so I don't clip, but do use coolers after winter workouts.

10/6/2011 8:56:06 AM

After years of blanketing show horses it is nice to have woolly mammoths in my yard now!

10/6/2011 1:33:49 AM

depends on what work I want the horse to do and if rugged or stabled. Stabled full fast work = full

10/5/2011 11:57:52 PM

It's not natural and it can predispose them to getting sick. They grow a coat for a reason!

10/5/2011 11:21:30 PM

Florida is hot and horses tend to sweat with full enter coats

10/5/2011 7:39:52 PM

That's were you start getting into trouble... blanketing for winter...

10/5/2011 5:16:08 PM

Horses need their winter coat, otherwise they would not grow it.

10/5/2011 2:46:51 PM

He is rugged most of the year from VERY lighweight to VERY heavy waterproof turnout.

10/5/2011 2:40:12 PM

We do blanket to keep them workable m workable duringter and rideable by early spring

10/5/2011 1:43:14 PM

Don't clip, as they are not worked hard, if showing do a body clip

10/5/2011 12:21:09 PM

blankets & coolers after foxhunting in MI, & free choice turnout/stall

10/5/2011 9:14:46 AM

Only the show horses if I have to, otherwise they are not clipped.

10/5/2011 1:39:32 AM

We are trying lights for my horse this winter

10/5/2011 1:09:27 AM

i really like Irish clips.

10/5/2011 12:28:03 AM

I do not clip ever, So Fl

10/4/2011 10:53:19 PM

If a horse is showing I clip, otherwise no

10/4/2011 8:48:39 PM

do not work her enough to clip.

10/4/2011 7:30:32 PM

We show Minis and our shows run all year down her

10/4/2011 6:55:19 PM

My horse has a long coat & it takes too long to dry so I trace clip and then blanket

10/4/2011 6:46:09 PM

They are pasture ponies and are not clipped

10/4/2011 5:50:54 PM

They need all the coat they can grow where we live!!

10/4/2011 5:48:34 PM

they are wooley in Santa Ynez CA (central coast)

10/4/2011 4:52:00 PM

I don't clip whiskers, ear fur nor fetlock hair. It's all there for a reason.

10/4/2011 4:33:31 PM

Don't ride that hard in the winter, rather he be warm than need a blanket

10/4/2011 4:26:00 PM

My horses are Arabians - coat too thin and fine to clip

10/4/2011 2:13:46 PM

My horses's coat is so beautful, and I take such good grooming care that I don't have to body clip.

10/4/2011 1:59:51 PM

Our guys are pasture-pets. Not showers, so they are a-natural.

10/4/2011 11:43:40 AM

My horse gets a thick coat in winter, so clipping makes cooling out easier.

10/4/2011 10:55:25 AM