Here in Southern California, it doesn’t get very cold. Don’t listen to the people who say they’re “freezing” when it hits 54 degrees – either they are exaggerating (guilty) or have never left the 25-mile radius.
Thus, if you ride your horse a lot in the winter, he will sweat. A lot. Even though I have an assortment of lovely blankets for my horse, I confess to being a tiny bit lazy about the whole rigamorole of blanketing. I need my horse to cool out faster but stay warm when he needs to.
Introducing… the trace clip. People probably think I am a horse abuser by not blanketing in the winter with a partially clipped horse, but this guy made it through zero and below living outdoors before we moved here. I figure if it drops to 42 once, he’ll survive. Say it with me… “Just because I’m cold, it doesn’t mean my horse is cold.”
Critical temperature for healthy horses in proper weight with a full winter coat is around 20 degrees F (assuming no precipitation/wind). My horse has shelter if it does rain, so this will be our third winter rocking the partial clip, no blanket. THE HORROR! But I think he looks pretty cute 🙂