Deciding when to sedate
As with all young horses, if the education has been given patiently and correctly at the beginning of a new experience, there should be no reason for clipping to become an issue. It is obviously more difficult, when an older horse is purchased and comes with a clipping problem. Apply the same methods as if the horse is a youngster, but even more patience is needed. Sometimes, a horse is never able to overcome the fear that has been associated with clipping, and in these circumstances, if clipping is absolutely necessary, we advise contacting your veterinary surgeon to discuss sedation. If the horse is well rugged in the early autumn, this will help suppress the coat growth, so that clipping can be kept to a minimum.