Should I clip my horse or should I ask someone to do it for me?

Oct 31, 2018
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Hi! I'm new here but I absolutely have no idea about horses. I have a miniature horse that is about 2 years old that I got from my aunt. I'm wondering if I should clip it myself or can I go to someone who does this professionally? Any advice? Thanks!
 

carthorse

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First of all why do you want to clip him? The reasons too clip are that they're coat is too heavy for them to work comfortably - not the case for a 2yo miniature - or health reasons such as PPID which again wouldn't be an issue for a 2yo. If you don't need to clip I wouldn't.
 

Jessey

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As @carthorse said, clipping is done to keep the horse comfortable in work and enable them to not get so sweaty and to dry easily for their health, so as a 2yo shouldn't be working I wouldn't be looking to clip really.

If you really have to, then its probably best to get a professional or someone experienced to show you how to do it the first time.

As an aside, I fully clipped my mini at the end of 2016 as he was being driven a lot and I would never do it again, he normally lives out year round rugless, but he ended up with a fleece and 2 med-heavy weight rugs on and was still chilly, nothing worked as well as his own coat and I felt terrible about it.
 
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