Iris Heyman this year the lowest it's got is about 2 but last year I clipped the same way and it got down to -10.
Buckaroo Girl how cold does it get where you are?
I clip my horse that I work 6 times a week for 1-2 hours. She works up a sweat and is a pain to dry out after I work her. I just clipped where the blanket goes. It works really well for her. And google "weatherbeeta blanket chart" I used that to base off of
I don't clip just because I live in a fairly cold climate and I don't do very much heavy work during the winter.
Also, it gets to -22F here and my horse does just fine. They're cozy in their blankets (I blanket up to 600g those nights, but usually 400g max for -10F.
I always only do a trace clip, and all of my horses have done very well. It looks funny, but I force myself to deal with it for the sake of my horse, hah. It takes some work to shut off my pride and have a funny looking horse for a few months. At least it's not show season, I body clip in the spring before shows to get rid of the lines.
Thank you everyone. I have a medium t/o (250 gr) and heavy t/o (400 gr). It can get down to 10F during the night sometimes even colder than this. Last winter I clipped only the body and left his neck and legs.
Abby has great advice! Another option is a full blanket clip. This is clipping everywhere but where the blanket goes. If you did this I'd defeat getting a thicker blanket. How heavy is the one they have now? How cold does it usually get there?
I agree with the trace clip. It would help with the sweating. He may need a heavier blanket though
I give some of mine a trace clip even though they live outside. I do blanket them and they have a run in shed and they come inside almost every day to eat or work. Some horses just need several winter seasons to adjust to the cold. A quick way to dry out a sweaty horse in the winter time though is a hair dryer! Other people will put straw under the blanket to absorb some of the dampness and it will gradually fall out on its own throughout the night.