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Last clip... when should I do it?

Posted on 11 February 2015 by Kim

When should I do the last winter clip for my horse

Theories abound about the best time to do the last clip of the winter.  What’s your theory?  Here are some that we’ve found…

Some believe that the last clip should be done by the end of January to allow the Spring coat to grow through properly.  Others believe that beyond January it interferes with their Summer coat coming through. I ask you…which is it?  

One lady I spoke to clips her horse right into March and his coat still look fine in the summer!

Whether you show your horse or not appears to play a part in your thinking on this subject.  Owners that show often leave their last clip to February just before the season starts.  Whilst other show horses are clipped all year round. 

Others simply feel that there is no such thing as a last date to clip. You can clip all year round with no problem!   

Perhaps it’s all just about timing… There does seem to be a commonly held view that if you wait until the summer hair has started to grow through and then clip, you’ll shear off the tips of the summer hair making it grow in oddly or not as soft. 

When do you do your last clip?

Let us know what you think based on your experience in the comments below. You never know, your comment may just help a fellow equestrian!



Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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