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Advice needed please

Discussion in 'Horse Chat' started by Lizzieloo369, May 12, 2018.


  1. Lizzieloo369

    Lizzieloo369 PetForums Newbie

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    I am bringing my cob back into work after having winter off (just because the weather hasn’t been right and only having an outdoor school)

    So we are only doing light work walk trot and a bit of canter ridden or walk and trot on the lunge.

    Anyway, I know he is unfit but he is sweats on his neck underneath the saddle and flanks and he hasn’t been clipped. And I’ve never clipped him.

    Would you clip or not clip?
     
  2. JLML

    JLML PetForums Newbie

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    I’m absolutely not an authority on horse care, but clipping now sounds like it would be a good move.

    Is he shedding? Maybe he needs a good grooming, as it is getting so much milder, and mine are super moulting
     
  3. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    If you're not showing him, then you could clip him.

    Is he still carrying a lot of Winter coat?
     
  4. Lizzieloo369

    Lizzieloo369 PetForums Newbie

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    For a cob he doesnt carry much fur. Its quite thin. Yeah he still shedding..... white fur everywhere

    Then im not sure where to do a trace or blanket if hed be better clipped.

     
  5. Lizzieloo369

    Lizzieloo369 PetForums Newbie

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    No not showing hes just a rather expensive pet haha.

    No he doesnt carry a great deal of fur. So kind of stuck on what to do or even what clip to give him.

     
  6. Rafa

    Rafa PetForums VIP

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    If he's just coming back into work, I would give it a while for him to get fitter and shed more coat.

    If he continues to sweat, I would think about clipping him, but I would give it a chance first.
     
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    I agree with Rafa. You could clip, there’s no harm, but as he’s just coming back into work I would leave it for now as he may get better as he gets fitter.

    Make sure you’re not pushing him too much if he’s unfit.. how long has he been off? Canter work might be a lot if he’s had a lot of time off. What’s your hacking like? A great way to get them fit is to do some hill work. In walk at first, just get him marching up and down hills and after a couple of weeks of that do the same in trot.
     
  8. RachJeremy

    RachJeremy PetForums Senior

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    If i were you, i would clip. My old boy was only a happy hacker, but we often found he would get very hot and sweaty. And getting hot and sweaty can cause problems and sores for horses. Especially around the girth and between the legs. If he is not in heavy work i would suggest a bib clip or a low blanket clip. If you are having someone out, they usually know what will be best for your horse. If you're doing it yourself i would suggest one of them two clips. When we first had Boycie clipped for a hot summer, we only did a bib, but found he needed a blanket in the winter as he got way too hot even then. And then we decided when it got hotter to get him fully clipped. It made him a lot more comfy and it was a lot easier to get all the sweat out.

    I would also recommend buying a wash you can leave in. In particular NAF do a citronella wash, which is very easy to use and brilliant for them after riding. You just put a cap full into a bucket of 5 litres (i think - i could be wrong on how much) and sponge or brush. I found it worked best with a cheap body brush, like the cheap bentley type ones, not horsehair but like a plastic one. And leave it in. Really good if you're limited with water or anything, as you can leave it in and it dries them nice and helps with flies too :)
     
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