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.
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.
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.
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.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.