horse body clipping

Misty Caston of WikSmart Coolers

Cooling your horse quickly after riding in the winter can be a challenge, as was discussed in my recent blog “Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter.” The WikSmart Cooler was one of the popular recommendations by many riders.   So I asked Misty Caston, the developer of the WikSmart Cooler and a Minnesota native, to share her story as our “Guest Blogger.” The Story of a Minnesota Horsewoman’s Journey into Invention and Business and What She Learned Along the Way, Written by Misty Caston. Have you ever had an idea that made you say, “Hey, I should invent this?” Well, I did;...

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Cooling a Hot Horse During a Cold Winter

Exercising your horse during Minnesota winters can be difficult.  Usually you have the challenge of a horse with a heavy winter coat and unpredictable temperatures.  Some people choose to body clip their horse, which makes the cooling down process quicker, but others do not have this option.  After a good work out horses need to be properly cooled down before putting them back outside or trailering them home.  If they are not properly cooled down they risk the chance of catching a chill, which can make them more susceptible to infections or other problems. Misty Caston, owner of Wiksmart...

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Body Clipping Your Horse

With the onset of winter and having recently moving to a heated facility, I started thinking about body clipping my horse.  I was advised to consider several factors before deciding to clip him such as: how much am I working him, does he live inside or out, is the barn heated, are blankets taken on and off, how much time do I spend cooling him out? Horses that stay in stalls overnight generally can have more clipped than horses that live outside 24/7. "There are different types of clips available: full clip, hunter clip, trace clip, hunter/chase clip, Irish Clip, Blanket clip and Bib clip, just...

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