Why are horses shorn in winter?

The dear winter coat!

Every year in autumn, the time has come again: the winter coat is on its way!

And your beloved little horse mutates into a teddy bear (some even into a grizzly bear?).

If your riding style is more recreational, you will probably not have the problem of extreme sweating - or if you do, it will be rare.

However, if you are more of a sport rider and ride and train your horse almost every day, then it is quite possible that your horse will sweat a lot in the winter and take a long time to dry his winter coat.

If this is the case, then you should definitely think about shearing your horse! ?


Sweaty horses are more susceptible!

If your horse is totally sweaty after riding and you put him back in his stall or paddock without a blanket, he can very easily catch a cold from draughts!

Of course, a sweat blanket can help, but even with a sweat blanket it can take a long time until your horse is completely dry. Therefore, you should always cover your horse at least when it is wet.

When you shear your horse, the coat is of course much shorter and therefore your horse simply doesn't sweat as quickly - and if it does, the short coat will of course dry much quicker than the long teddy plush.

Which shearing cut should I choose for my horse?

There are many different ways to shear your horse. It also depends on how much your horse sweats. Horses are usually clipped in winter so that they do not sweat too much.

If your horse only sweats a little, you can give him a "bib cut". In this case, the horse is only shorn on the underside of the neck and on the front of the chest (this cut is also often used for horses that are kept in an open stable).

Of course, there are many other ways to shear your horse. Especially for sport riders, the large shearing cuts & patterns are very popular (Irish cut, narrow stripe cut, etc.) What is also very popular are shearing patterns on the hindquarters of the horse - there are no limits to your imagination! ?

Keep in mind, however, that when you shear your horse, you must also cover it! Otherwise your horse would freeze very quickly and catch a cold.

How do I clip my horse?


  • Make sure that your horse has already moved a little on that day and does not have too much superfluous energy. This makes it easier to stand still.
  • Make sure your horse's fur is dry and clean before shearing;
  • In the case of nervous horses, pay particular attention to a dry and slippery floor;
  • For nervous horses who don't like the sound of the screen, there is a really great trick music to play!


If you have chosen a slightly more complicated pattern, or if you are still uncertain when shearing, you can also draw the pattern with chalk on the skin of your horse.

Which way?

You'll be grazed against the fur direction of your horse, so from the back to the front. Head and legs are best shaved at the end!

Where to start?

The best place to start is with the insensitive body parts, such as the crotch or the neck of your horse.

How often does the machine oil?

You should every ten to 30 minutes both the Screen So also oil the shears. Also remove again and again between the tanned horsehair with a brush.

Attention slip hazard!

Keep combing your hair on the ground! Not that anyone else makes the "Flying Dutchman"!

Remove loose hair and dust

After shaving you have to thoroughly brushes or even wash so that the itching hair does not stay on the skin.


What blanket should I use for my horse?

There are, of course, various factors that play an important role here!


The bigger you shave your horse, the less Winterfell has and it will freeze. Be sure to see the signs of your horse. If it is shivering in his box or if his coat looks extremely "erect" despite the ceiling, you should definitely put a thicker blanket on him!

If, on the other hand, your horse has a blanket that is too thick, you will, of course, know by sweating whether the respective blanket is too thick or warm.

The beautiful picture up there is of our dear Sarah and our dear Jens. here past her profile.



Of course, temperature also plays a decisive role. Also proceed with regard to the weather as described above. Watch the signs of your horse!