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  • Body clipping quarter marks -- UPDATE post #20

    Thoughts, opinions, or suggestions on clipping in quarter marks for fall 3-days?

    I'm normally very traditional, prefer the classic brushed or combed (by hand!) quarter marks on a well-deserved hind end. Checkerboard (or diamond-board), V-stripes or vertical stripes, depending on the conformation. With sharks-teeth down the side.

    But... I have a gray horse. So I never get to do quarter marks on my own animal, only those I groom for! I have seen some lovely QM clipped in, and I'm contemplating the idea for my mare. I've half-heartedly attempted this before, but it was getting messy and I was in a hurry so I clipped it all off. Any hints/tips to getting nice clean lines?

    Also...I am feeling a little crazy and toying with the idea of an artistic design instead of traditional geometric patterns. My horse's name is "Articat" and I am a HUGE Kentucky Wildcats fan. Would it be a terrible eyesore (or utterly impossible?) to create a design such as this?

    I probably won't be brave enough to do that... end up with plain ol' checkers... but it might be kind of neat?
    Last edited by EventerAJ; Oct. 3, 2009, 11:49 PM.
    “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
    ? Albert Einstein

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  • #2
    Wow!! I think that would be WAY COOL!!!

    Of course... if she's dapply it would be hard to tell what it is. But if she's solid enough... I'd say go for it. Worst case scenario....shave it all off!
    I just saw some article....I can't remember where... but it showed some really cute cool artistic ones!!

    I have a VERY spotted horse, so I can't do anything

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    • #3
      At the AECs for the past two years, the Full Moon Farm crowd has had THE most awesome clipped-in marks, easily as complicated as the one you pictured. I have no idea how they did it (one grey had the words Speed Racer clipped into his butt!!), but it looked amazing and I wish I knew how they did it. You could see if you could contact them and ask (and then tell me so I know for next year!).
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      • #4
        I used to clip 'chaser's and my own event horses, and "clipped in" something to represent their barn names. My horse "Flipper" got a jiumping dolphin (I had some narrow dog groom finishing blades to do the fins and small details) "Bugs" got Bugs Bunny, "Bandit" got a bandit mask, "Arthur" got a crown, etc.
        They looked great. By the way, don't actually clip in the logo or figure, clip the horse and leave the logo or figure. On a grey, use a# 30 narrow blade to clip around the logo, so it's outlined darker and will show up really well.

        For some of them I made a template for the first time, brushed the dampened hair around it to mark it, and used the edge of the blade to do the outline first. After once, it's just touching it up next time you clip.
        What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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        • #5
          The KY Wildcats design looks like it would be very difficult, but a paw print might be a lot easier.

          I admit I got this idea from the QM stencil that mcorbett made for my coach. But you could clip it in too.
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          • #6
            I'd go for the pawprint.
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            • #7
              I love when people do really cool clip jobs. There is a barn around us that does amazing & detailed markers every year. One horse has a tree, but will all the details between the branches and in the trunk. There used to be a pony in our area that had a carousel shaved into his butt, and then another pony had Noah's Ark, complete with animal heads. I just don't have that kind of patience! I did put a lovely palm tree with coconuts on my horses rear last year though. I had given him to some friends of mine who were taking him with them to Hawaii. I figured it was only fitting for him to go to Hawaii with a palm tree!

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              • #8
                Fun Clip Art

                I have a horse named Darth Vader and each fall when I clip I leave a Darth Vader mask on his hip. I downloaded a mask picture off the internet and then I made my own stencil out of cardboard, complete with eyes. Then at Halloween time I always buy a can of color wash-out hairspray. I use that to spray around the stencil the first time to clip. Makes a very easy guide. Then I use large and medium clippers to do the outer edge. For the round eyes and forehead marks and mouth I use a tiny hand-held, battery-operated clipper. And I also fine tune edges with a tiny sharp pair of scissors. It gets easier the second and third time in the winter when I do a reclip. As a tip, leave a block of hair on each hip so you can practice on one and then shave it off before going to do the real deal on the other, whatever your design is. Not classic but just good fun

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                • #9
                  It was in the USEA mag, Fleck! When I have some time (and remember) I'm going to try the Marine Corps Eagle, Globe and Anchor on Alfie. Stencil... not freehand!
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                  • #10
                    The crowd at Jim Graham's used to do these (maybe still do). Holly had a lovely handprint (since her show name was Kid Gloves). My guy (Guiness) had a foamy beer mug. I actually think this is pretty nifty.
                    OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                    • #11
                      Go for it, my friend has a skull and crossbones clipped into her horse's butt.

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                      • #12
                        I have the skull and crossbones -- it wasn't hard to do! I found a stencil I liked online, printed it out, then traced it onto a cereal box and cut it out from there. The cardboard worked just right -- thin enough to bend around the hip, but sturdy enough to hold up in the stencil's smaller areas. I used my Wahl Arco clipper; it's a regular bridle path/leg trimmer size. A smaller one would certainly be easier, but I was able to get fairly detailed.

                        Here's the winter version, shortly after I first did it:
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_matey/3971877665/

                        And in the summer, when he's shed out (I reclipped it a couple times in the spring):
                        http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_matey/3971877311/

                        This fall I picked a slightly new version without the shadowing on the side of the skull, and with teeth, but I don't have any pics. Not as traditional as quarter marks of course, but I think it's fun!

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                        • #13
                          r matey, that looks terrific! Well done, and how fitting!
                          OK, to the OP, maybe you might try clipping IN the design on one hip, if you are going to trace or chase clip (I did a quarter clip in the late fall one one of my horses, after doing a full clip in late Aug or early Sept, for late fall leaving just what a quarter sheep would cover) and like another poster suggested, try it one way, if it does not work, you still have the other hip.
                          What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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                          • #14
                            I've clipped some funny stuff into their coats before...however, I'm not terribly artistic, so I don't know if I'd be brave enough to clip them in for a three day.

                            We tried to clip a turtle onto one little horse we had for awhile (his name was Turtle). We got kudos for the effort, but his turtles looked a little dino like. Have also clipped boring initials, too, and I'm sure I've played with other things.

                            I think our very own WakeRider used to clip a great heart onto Willy's hiney. If it wasn't her, it was some other cutie-putie palomino pony running around Area II a few years ago.There's only two of them that I know that are that cute, and I know it wasn't Meadow Sparrow.
                            Amanda

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by r.matey View Post
                              I have the skull and crossbones -- it wasn't hard to do! I found a stencil I liked online, printed it out, then traced it onto a cereal box and cut it out from there. The cardboard worked just right -- thin enough to bend around the hip, but sturdy enough to hold up in the stencil's smaller areas. I used my Wahl Arco clipper; it's a regular bridle path/leg trimmer size. A smaller one would certainly be easier, but I was able to get fairly detailed.

                              Here's the winter version, shortly after I first did it:
                              http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_matey/3971877665/

                              And in the summer, when he's shed out (I reclipped it a couple times in the spring):
                              http://www.flickr.com/photos/r_matey/3971877311/

                              This fall I picked a slightly new version without the shadowing on the side of the skull, and with teeth, but I don't have any pics. Not as traditional as quarter marks of course, but I think it's fun!

                              I would LOVE to do that on my hunt horse for Halloween! His name is Pirate and I think that would be great
                              It's psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I'll get a saw.

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                              • #16
                                In the 90's I evented a horse named Saber and always clipped crossed sabers on his butt when I body clipped in the winter. It was a simple design so I just made the sabers with masking tape on his butt (I did both sides) and clipped over it. When I was finished I took off the tape and cleaned it up a bit with face clippers. It looked great, but was nowhere near as intricate as what r matey did.

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                                  #17
                                  Thanks for the feedback everyone! I'm so happy the reaction is "wow, cool!" and not "OMGiH, what has she done to that poor creature!"

                                  Thanks Mach Two for the tips on outlining w/ the 30 blade, that sounds like it will really pop. My biggest fear is getting the image *sharp*-- I have tried cutting out shapes with masking tape, but was unable to clip precise edges with the tape.

                                  Using a homemade stencil and temporary hairspray sounds like a great idea.

                                  I have easy access to A-5s and standard trimmer clippers (in addition to the honkin' clipmasters). For the really intricate areas, what should I do? Can I use the tiny Wahl pocket clippers? Any suggestions?

                                  She will be getting a full body clip, not a trace clip, so I will be leaving the image hair uncut.
                                  “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
                                  ? Albert Einstein

                                  ~AJ~

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                                  • #18
                                    Yep, use those tiny clippers to do the edges clearly. Hold the hair down and go in with the cutting edge of the blade going from top of hair to skin, straight down. Put your hand or finger firmly along the edge of the hair you are working on, so that then the blade tickles the hair, you won't get a flinch that goofs up your nice lines. You can get pretty intricate by using the blade edge and corner!
                                    What would you try if you knew you would not fail?

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Ritazza View Post
                                      At the AECs for the past two years, the Full Moon Farm crowd has had THE most awesome clipped-in marks, easily as complicated as the one you pictured. I have no idea how they did it (one grey had the words Speed Racer clipped into his butt!!), but it looked amazing and I wish I knew how they did it. You could see if you could contact them and ask (and then tell me so I know for next year!).
                                      I'm pretty sure FMF has "Modern Horse" clip their horses. They are known for their designs... I won a gift certificate for a clip a couple of years ago at a HT, but won't let us clip him
                                      BDC

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                                        #20
                                        Well, I did it.

                                        Or at least, I TRIED. It's not perfect, but I think it's ok for my first attempt at hindquarter clip art.

                                        Can you at least tell it's a snarling cat? Left side Right side

                                        I made a stencil from thin cardboard (DiGiorno's pizza box, if you must know), and colored in the image on her butt using a washable marker.

                                        My A-5 #10 blade was getting dull, so I had to use the #15 instead... that makes it "pop" a little more, but I had some work to do blending in the over-cut patch. And I knew I was in some trouble if I needed to shave it all off, so I was pretty much stuck with going for it! I definitely got better by the second side, though I still made the mistake of taking "just a little more..." and going too far. Oh well.

                                        I don't think it's TOO embarrassing... though I wish I could try it out at a local horse trial first, instead of its grand debut at Fair Hill.
                                        “A clever person solves a problem. A wise person avoids it.”
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