Questions for Full-Clip Veterans

Three announcements:
1) After winning three contests recently, I am not going to be entering them again for a while. (Unless someone is giving away a set of Majyk Equipe boots or a brand new custom saddle, in which case, IT'S ON!)
2) After winning three contests recently, I am going to buy a lottery ticket, because seriously, it seems like the next logical step.
3) I'm going to be hosting a contest myself, but it wouldn't be a good idea to do it until after the holidays.  Promise it will be a good one, with multiple winners.

Now on to serious business...

Damn it, horse, I said serious!

Just kidding, we're not very good at being serious.  I have a couple of questions for you full-clip veterans out there:
1) Did you start to have problems with saddle pad slippage after you clipped your horse?
2) Did your horse get really frisky and forward after you full-clipped him?

Since I clipped Connor, all of my saddle pads have started doing this:




...even when I use the billet and girth keepers, as I did here.  I've never had this problem before - wondering if I'm going to have to buy one of those non-slip rubber things I've only ever used on fat round ponies with no withers before.

Second, Connor has been crazy forward and frisky since I clipped him.  No bucks, that's not his style, just in front of my leg and engaged, ears forward.

He was frisky two minutes before this, I swear.

 I'm not sure if he feels that much better now during exercise now that his coat is gone, or if he's really happy these days, or if he's feeling the cold.  (I do use a cooler on his hindquarters until he's warm, until we get a proper quarter sheet.)  He feels good and I like it, don't get me wrong, but it's a very sudden and noticeable change.  Anyone else had this experience?

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  1. I've know a lot of horses that got hotter after getting clipped. I think it's a combo of being able to feel the cold and not being itchy/sweaty/hot.

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    1. Interesting, yeah, I think that must be it.

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  2. Most definitely forward and frisky it is cold when you are naked! Saddle Slippage never on Carlos, but on Ramone I get it even with fur.

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    1. Then maybe it's a fit problem, aaaand the cycle repeats.

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  3. I get slippage on Charlie, clipped or unclipped. Only thing that doesn't slip is a poly pad. Even the ecogold XC saddle pad slips. That's being said, the saddle itself never slips (knock on wood!). Before you shell out serious bucks for non-slippage specific pads, get yourself a roll of the non-slip stuuf you put under rugs. Just cut a piece to fit under the saddle pad. May or may not help but that stuff is basically what you find on the non-slip pads, only it costs waaaaaayyyyy less. ;)

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    1. Good idea! I was going to buy one of those $9.95 rubber things, but that is an even cheaper idea. Thanks!

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  4. No saddle slippage here! Not sure if you left one but I leave a small saddle area unclipped, not sure if that helps with slipping or not? I tend to not question when my horse comes out forward and nice, its a rare occasion so I embrace it :) I think its kind of like when it gets cold outside everyone gets frisky except we are taking all their hair and making it colder haha

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    1. Oh I am right there with you, I am embracing this happily! I'll learn to love the cold if he's like this from now on, haha. I didn't leave a saddle area, no one does at my barn, though we've had horses ship in that had them. Maybe something to think about for next year.

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  5. He probably feels ten pounds lighter! haha He's ready to play!

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    1. Haha, no kidding, that's SO much hair compared to a normal horse.

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  6. I find that my pads tend to rub Houston when he's clipped. Delicate flower. And hue doesn't get too frisky but I know a lot of horses do get like that. Hopefully he settles ;)

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    1. I would prefer not settling, since he can be a poky little pony sometimes! I'm worried about that. Going to talk to my trainer on Sunday for my make-up lesson, I think.

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  7. Silly Connor, love that first photo!! I think after winning 3 contests, I say go for the lotto :)

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    1. I need to. I don't even know what to ask for. "Hi, I've only ever bought a Powerball before but I'm feeling lucky so give me your best." ???

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  8. Girl get a lotto ticket!!! Buy me one too ;)

    Never has slippage, but forward yes :) cold and feeling frisky for sure! Be thankful you aren't getting bucks lol

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    1. I am very thankful. He's never offered a real buck, one hop every now and then, but that's it.

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  9. I would look at saddle fit. Check his back to see if his muscles look different on either side too. I have had this happen but normally when I forget to put the girth through the pad.

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    1. I'll take another look at saddle fit. Luckily we have a second floor above our wash rack/crosstie area, so I can regularly look at his back from above - no irregularity there.

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  10. I noticed my saddle started slipping not too long after Miles got clipped... but I'm 99% sure it's fit. That is to say, I knew my saddle didn't fit him, but I shimmed it and it seemed to be working okay... until it wasn't, haha.

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    1. I hope it's not fit! I've wrestled with fit so much with this pony. It's worth it, but a tough process when there aren't any saddle fitters in your area.

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