Talk to me about spring clipping


You have all talked me down from the clipping ledge many times before.

So here I return, to ask further questions.

I’m seeing a lot of people doing spring clips to get ahead of shedding. It’s warming up more quickly here in Vermont than I anticipated, and I’m holding back a bit on my rides because it’s warm enough to sweat with hard work but not yet warm enough to rinse horses off.

remnants of winter’s clip

So I find myself pondering a spring clip, to take out the winter fuzz and get us to the endpoint faster.

Realistically, I can’t accomplish this for another couple of weeks, so it may all be beside the point.

But what should I keep in mind when thinking about doing a spring clip?

Is there such a thing as too late to do it? How about too early? (He’s still wearing his sheet and we will continue to have a frost threat overnight until late May.)

Is there a setting I should use on the clippers – perhaps not go as close? Use different blades? (Pretend I’m stupid, and educate me in small words.)

Is it even worth it? Should I just stick it out with my shedding tools?

How do you decide whether to just let your horse shed out or clip him?

picture like 10x more hair; I took this picture 3 weeks ago

4 thoughts on “Talk to me about spring clipping

  1. If Tristan is really hot/uncomfortable, just do it! You won't ruin his summer coat, I promise. I full-body-clipped Dino at the end of April the year he was diagnosed with Cushing's because he just was. not. shedding. and he ended up growing in a summer coat just fine. The clip made him SO much more comfortable and eased my mind as well, since he was also not sweating at all/enough at that point. So. Go for it!


  2. Bobby runs really hot, and since he also runs really tense most of the time he sweats at the drop of a hat. I've clipped him as late as June before because he gets so uncomfortable once we start showing if he's not down to bare naked. I just did him again over the weekend. You definitely won't ruin Tristan's coat!


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