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Clipping- leave the legs?

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  • Clipping- leave the legs?

    What is the verdict on body clipping a horse, but leaving the legs. Going to one more USEA event this year. Be honest.

  • #2
    Absolutely. I always leave the legs and I have seen a number of horses at recognized shows lately that have furry legs.


    • #3
      eventers do it all the time! you should see a lot of horses there like that... now if you were going to a H/J or dressage show.... there wouldnt be any horses with legs left.


      • Original Poster

        Great. My horse and his thermostat will be glad to have those opinions.


        • #5
          Yep. Leave em. The only legs I clip off are for horses going to an FEI event. Otherwise having that extra coziness and protection is nice for them.


          • #6
            Leave the legs hairy.
            Click here before you buy.


            • #7
              I leave the tummy hair too- who wants cold muddy water splashing on their newly shorn tummy.

              You can clip down around the side so it's not so obvious.


              • #8
                We don't clip legs and just resign ourselves to several months of double-takes every time we see a bulge of fur. I swear I see tendons in every bit of fluff or whorl.


                • #9

                  for the fall, I typically leave my Prelim horse's legs furry. I won't clip them until probably Jan. or Feb. of next winter.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by GotSpots View Post
                    We don't clip legs and just resign ourselves to several months of double-takes every time we see a bulge of fur. I swear I see tendons in every bit of fluff or whorl.
                    Ha! Isn't that the truth!!! We have a hairy beast of a draft cross now that I'm constantly going "WHAT DID YOU DO!?!?!", but it really is just his hairy, hairy legs. I'm actually going to clip him right now. Hopefully, I can tame his feathers enough to not have that panic attack so often!


                    • #11
                      Yep leave the legs. I haven't clipped legs in so many years I can't remember. And most of the time the head doesn't get it either.



                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GotSpots View Post
                        We don't clip legs and just resign ourselves to several months of double-takes every time we see a bulge of fur. I swear I see tendons in every bit of fluff or whorl.
                        Haha.......Daily heart attacks!

                        I'm with the rest of 'em-leave the legs. Not only is it better for the beasts, clipping legs is a royal PIA. Why bother!!?
                        Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                        • #13
                          I leave their legs furry! I think if you shave the legs they look like naked mole rats..


                          • #14
                            Generally agree with the previous posts - although I think it also depends on whether the horse will be spending the winter down south - in a hot climate, I would clip legs too.


                            • #15
                              I leave the legs hairy and just do a V clip from back of knees up to inside of elbow and from above hocks to around inside of hind leg to give sweat a place to run and get hosed off w/O wetting horse. Been doing it for 30 years that way. I also will leave a wide patch down middle of belly if they are living out w/ rugs that have neck covers.


                              • #16
                                Lucinda Green, Zara Phillips and Toytown all seem to agree with us.

                                Hey Judybigred, can you post pix? I'm intrigued.
                                Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by RiverBendPol View Post
                                  Lucinda Green, Zara Phillips and Toytown all seem to agree with us.

                                  Hey Judybigred, can you post pix? I'm intrigued.

                                  I think Judybigred is just describing the classic way to do a body clip and leave the legs......or at least the same way I was taught too
                                  ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


                                  • #18
                                    Normally I leave legs, except on my FEI horses. And if your horse happens to have bad leg fungus (rain rot) etc, I clip legs then because it helps it go away about 10times faster.


                                    • #19
                                      Just so I can keep things straight . . . do I, or do I not, have to shave my legs this winter?
                                      Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

                                      The Grove at Five Points


                                      • #20
                                        I like to clip legs the first clip in early fall then don't clip the remainder of the winter