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Is it too late to clip?

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  • Is it too late to clip?

    My mare is finally feeling good & back in work.

    With this mild winter, I'd love to get some fur off but I'm worried that it's too late in the season.

    I would do a trace and she's a chestnut, so if she stays 2-tone all year she will really look stupid.

    What do you guys think? Is it too late or should I hurry up & clip ASAP?
    "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince

  • #2
    I think you are ok, I've done full body clips (and also modified trace clips-including the full neck) in October and again in February and then had nice, shiny summer coats without the dreaded two-tone effect. I would go for it!


    • #3
      Nope. Clip away.
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      • #4
        You are fine. Now anyway. But do it soon.

        The spring shed is about to occur and you don't want to clip the tops off the new hairs growing in or you will get stuck with the 2 tone for awhile longer then you thought.

        Do it now and that new hair (with tops intact) will fill in and you'll only get stuck with it for a month or so. Most of them start to shed in early Feb which means that new hair is coming in underneath.

        Otherwise, you can clip about whenever you want, just avoid doing it when the new hair is coming in if you got one that will really show 2 tone like a chestnut. If you got a black one or a grey? Doesn't matter so much since there is not much contrast.
        When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.

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        • Original Poster

          Thanks, guys! Looks like I've got myself a weekend project.
          "You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed." - The Little Prince


          • #6
            I did my boy for the second time yesterday. He looks great! Clip away!


            • #7
              I clipped the first week of January last year, no problems.

              This week I'm wishing I'd clipped even though he has far less hair due to lights and blanketing (some nights.) It's been in the 70's! Temps go back to normal next week and he's already shedding, so I'm going to try to hold out.
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              • #8
                It's never too late to clip. I have clipped in May and my horse always grows a shiny summer coat and is shiny immediately after clipping. You won't ruin the coat at all. (If you don't do a full body clip there may be some slight color differences between clipped and unclipped parts)


                • #9
                  I just did my guy last week. I'd be a bit leery once they start to blow their coats - but this is about a month off for us


                  • #10
                    This is super timely for me as my gelding's sheet will finally arrive tomorrow which means I'm clipping on Sunday! YAY!!! He's been roasty toasty this winter and will be so happy to have some a/c.
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                    • #11
                      I clipped my boy yesterday.
                      I never thought about it being to late in the season..... but he is a grey and I did a full body clip so no issues with two-tone.


                      • #12
                        I clipped near Valentines day the first year I did it (I was on a college trip abroad for January and didn't want to have to blanket her while I was gone so I waited until I was back) and she grew her summer coat in just fine, so you should be good! Last year I clipped her once in early December then once again in February I think and she was good!


                        • #13
                          Go for it! I clipped my horse in late October and I'm clipping him again tomorrow. Even after over 10 years of living in California, he still grows the coat of a yak! He's in full work and has been getting really sweaty, even with a light workout, so I'm sucking it up and clipping him again. I was praying I could just get away with one body clip this fall/winter, but that's not going to happen!


                          • #14
                            I clipped right before Thanksgiving. We're going to Aiken Feb.1st, where I will do it again. No worries.
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                            • #15
                              Never too late to clip. I've clipped just about every month of the year (different horses, different reasons). They are always happy and shiny as can be!


                              • #16
                                It is NEVER too late to clip!
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