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When to blanket a clipped horse?

Clipping a horse involves removing some or all of their winter coat, which can leave them more vulnerable to the cold. Therefore, a clipped horse may require a blanket to help them stay warm and comfortable. The timing of when to blanket a clipped horse will depend on a few factors, including the climate, the horse's individual needs, and the type of clip.

Here are some general guidelines for when to blanket a clipped horse:

  1. Immediately after clipping: If the horse has been clipped recently, they may require a blanket immediately after the clipping to help them stay warm. This is especially true if they have been fully clipped or if the climate is very cold.

  2. During cold weather: If the climate is cold and the horse is spending a lot of time outside, they may require a blanket to help them stay warm. This is especially true if they have been fully clipped or if the clip is very short.

  3. During wet weather: If the climate is wet and the horse is spending a lot of time outside, they may require a waterproof blanket to help them stay dry and comfortable. Wet fur can cause a horse to become chilled and uncomfortable.

  4. During transitional periods: In the fall and spring, when the weather can be unpredictable, a clipped horse may require a blanket to help them regulate their body temperature as the weather changes.

It's important to remember that every horse is different, and some may require more or less blanketing than others. It's also important to monitor your horse regularly and adjust their blanketing as necessary based on their individual needs and the weather conditions.

Check out Performance Horse Blankets Horse Turnout Blanket Temperature Chart in our Horse Blanket 101 Guide to learn more.