I know I am about to commit some sort of friesian fairieland high treason but my friend's friesian is not a good sweater. Doesn't handle Texas heat well, and has anhydrosis. As an aside, this is a nice horse, nice manners, doesn't go to shows. I am a good clipper and I just have the the horse's well being as my top priority and am doing the clipping at the owner's request.
In my experience (I have a nonsweater too), clipping helps them in the heat so much better. So, regardless of what the friesian 'rules' say, this hairy po is getting body clipped.
I give my own horse the full monty, but what do I do about all of this big boy's sparkly fairy magikal hair? Obvs, I want to leave his feathers so he can keep some of his magikal hair ...but my question is what do I do about the legs? Do I leave them alone from the the elbows and thighs down or from the hocks and knees down?
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We just had Miss Priss clipped yesterday! She also doesn't do so well in the Texas heat and isn't a great sweater. We stopped AT THE KNEES - I don't even WANT to know what terrible curses will fall on you if you trim the majikal hair.... I think she looks pretty snazzy with her new trim!
Trust me, there is nothing magical about Friesian hair. It's a royal pain in the a$$!
When I give my mare a full body clip, I take everything off the head, neck, body AND legs, leaving only a little feather off the back of the fetlock to hide those ugly thickly skinned ankles and pasterns the breed has.
I clip all the way around her coronary band and pastern, the front of the ankle, blending the sides into the feathers I leave in the back for asthetic reasons. Trust me, if she had nice looking ankles I'd shave it all off! (I hate feathers)
I then clip front and sides of the cannon bone, blending the back of the tendons into the ankle about half way between the back of the knee and the fetlock.
I do this for the hinds too, just replace "knee" with "hock" and it's the same procedure.
I've even been known to pull her mane and trim the dock of her tail.
I have not yet been struck down by lightning.
Have at it, make the horse comfortable. To hell with all that hair!
Some Freisians look better with fully shaves legs anyhow as MANY have crap for feathers. Crossbreds almost always have to be shaved to avoid the "five oclock shadow" look like a man's beard. The feathers seem to not pass on unless they come from a the other parent if it is a hairy legged breed, lols.
When my friend's first arrived she clipped him completely ASAP!
She keeps his feathers off always. I think he looks incredible. His feathers are so fast growing that she clips them often.
He looks less "drafty" when cleaned up. Still has the nice mane and tail though.
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