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  1. #1
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    Default Best Time To Body Clip a Dark Dapple Grey

    I'm getting tempted to clip my mare. Though I love the color of her winter coat I'm not so keen on having to deal with a sweaty yak. Actually to be fair her TB coat doesn't get too thick but it's tough this time of year when we're still getting some pretty warm days. Though we're not going to be doing much showing this winter I do plan to keep her in regular work and hopefully be ready for serious showing in the spring.

    So when is the best time to body clip to maintain a dark dapple grey coat? I'm thinking now and then again in early spring before her summer coat has come in or am I already too late.



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    Anytime. Greys lose almost no color, and always look better clipped then not, as they look "sharper."
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    My grey has been clipped twice already this fall!



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    It is much easier to keep a clipped grey/white horse clean. I would clip anytime the coat gets a bit long.



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    I'd go for it if you're having trouble managing the yak hair. In my experience greys, even the gorgeous young dark dapply ones, don't change color a tremendous amount when body clipped. And ditto on it being much easier to keep a clipped grey clean.



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    Always!!!!! My grey is dark, dark charcoal gray with a little bit of dappling. He was clipped before each of 2 October eq. finals and looked like a million bucks!!!! Swore when I bought him that I would learn to clip because a grey horse always looks great clipped - very little change of color and so much easier to keep clean.



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    Anytime!
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    Quote Originally Posted by lauriep View Post
    Anytime. Greys lose almost no color, and always look better clipped then not, as they look "sharper."
    Ditto.
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    do it!

    I'm in Texas. I clipped mine for the first time this week.

    Greys are so nice when they are clipped. they get that great pewter color going.
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    I always did mine right around now. Gives it time to grow in a bit before the hard cold hits at these latitudes as well as enable the horse to work comfortably on those warmer days.

    You do realize it is going to constantly change color though? Greys never go back to exactly where they were with each coat change-each new coat is a smidge, or alot, lighter. And the dapples can sort of migrate around.

    With the greys (and appys and roans) there are never any guarantees.
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    we never had much change in color either



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    My dapple grey was always a shade lighter after being clipped.



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    Quote Originally Posted by purplnurpl View Post
    do it!

    I'm in Texas. I clipped mine for the first time this week.

    Greys are so nice when they are clipped. they get that great pewter color going.
    I'm glad to read this. I was starting to think I was crazy for thinking about clipping my gray soon.



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    I need to clip my two soon.

    Lilly was a white-grey, but looked super clipped. I say go for it.
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