Monday Minstrel: The Trace Clip

Several people have asked me about the winter clip that Biasini has this year. Previously we have been going to Florida and warm temperatures in the winter so he would have a full clip; all the thick winter fur off! But this year we are staying home in Ontario. So I do not need to give him a full clip. I need to have some of his fur off or he would be too hot when working in the indoor arena even when it is colder. So he has a Trace Clip. This clip leaves the hair on his legs, and his back but takes off all the hair on his lower neck and belly.

(Yes I am wearing a mask. It is made by Under Armor and is designed for wearing during physical workouts)

You may notice in the first photo he is clipped going up the sides of his bottom beside his tail.. This is because in the work we do he uses those muscles and they can get hot and sweaty. You don’t want your horse to get hot and sweaty and then they have a lot of coat to dry off in the cooler weather. This means they can get chilled. Not a good idea. Why is it called a TRACE clip? The clip is at the level of the traces of a carriage .

It is a practical clip and as Biasini does not like the cold this helps, along with his winter blankets , to keep him warm.

Thanks to Lexi Bradbury for the photos of Biasini and his trace clip! For more info on the Dutch Carriage horse click on the link at the bottom of the photo.


6 responses to “Monday Minstrel: The Trace Clip”

  1. dprastka Avatar

    I Love the trace clip as you know, it’s such a wonderful clip and it amazes me how cool they stay while also adding warmth to their top line! ❤️🐴

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  2. David Avatar

    Your trace clip is similar to what the girls call a winter clip. They leave a little bit more fur on the flanks, maybe 3 inches, but really it isn’t much different from your trace clip. Lilith and Sam are both OTTBs, and being thoroughbreds they don’t have thick coats. If anything is trimmed on them, it’s the tail and mane. All have a variety of blankets for whatever the temperature may reach. And, yes, I have instructions from my girls regarding when which blanket combination is to be used. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Well being a Hanoverian from the North of Germany Biasini is capable of growing a very thick coat. The coat you see that is not clipped had already been clipped once earlier in October. When he got a full clip to carry him through to the colder weather.I have a really good turnout blanket this year with a neck and belly band and it keeps him warm.

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  3. sandyjwhite Avatar

    Very interesting!

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  4. heikevoss Avatar

    Dein Pferd ist so schön, liebe Anne.
    Ich wünsche euch viel Spaß beim Reiten.
    Liebe Grüße Heike

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    1. anne leueen Avatar

      Thank you very much!🐴😀


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