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  • #21
    I'd hunter clip (body clip, but leave the legs) and blanket, personally.

    However, if not, just TRIM his head and throatlatch -- gently clip WITH the hair and just catch the long yak hairs along his chin and throatlatch area, and leave the face, so it's not obvious that you did anything.

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    • #22
      If you do clip, do it now. If you wait til March, wont you end up clipping when he's already shedding and starting to grow his summer coat?

      ETA: Cute horse BTW
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      • #23
        If you wait til March, wont you end up clipping when he's already shedding and starting to grow his summer coat?
        He's already starting to grow his summer coat. Clipping doesn't make any impact on this.
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          #24
          Yes, I would clip right now if I were to do that. The show is the 1st of March, so I wouldn't be able to clip in March!

          And thanks wc! I think he's pretty cute myself.
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          • #25
            Schooling show or not, you are riding Saddleseat with BNB. I would 100% body clip all of your horse. I'm not trying to be mean but those pictures, yikes, they probably were looking at you like why is she here. It's just the nature of the discipline to have impeccable turn out no matter where you are showing.
            Trust me I know how it feels to be without all the big deal trainers, barns, clothes etc in SS. We have to try so much harder.

            Oh and I showed last year in March and I didn't clip till about a month before. She looked so nice I was glad I did.

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            • #26
              Originally posted by anna's girl View Post
              Schooling show or not, you are riding Saddleseat with BNB. I would 100% body clip all of your horse. I'm not trying to be mean but those pictures, yikes, they probably were looking at you like why is she here. It's just the nature of the discipline to have impeccable turn out no matter where you are showing.
              Trust me I know how it feels to be without all the big deal trainers, barns, clothes etc in SS. We have to try so much harder.

              Oh and I showed last year in March and I didn't clip till about a month before. She looked so nice I was glad I did.
              Completely agree. Clip him. Part of your presentation to the judge and being taken seriously is being as groomed and shown off to his best advantage. A furry horse is not that. And honestly, it's probably better horsemanship for him to be clipped. He'll feel better, dry faster after you work him. Just bundle him up well once you have.

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                #27
                I'm starting to lean more towards body clipping. I don't know how pretty it will be, but if I do it now then at least some hair can grow back. I rode him 2 days ago and it was about 45 degrees... his hair got all curly and matted down because he started sweating. The show is in a heated arena. Probably heated to around 50-60 degrees, so he'll be sweating even more in there.
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                • #28
                  Originally posted by deltawave View Post
                  He's already starting to grow his summer coat. Clipping doesn't make any impact on this.

                  good to know!
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                  • #29
                    not only am I a clipping fool myself...but I think it's healthier for horses in work as well.
                    I think getting them sweaty and having to wait for them to dry in cold temps is not good.

                    Your last year's clip. oh dear.
                    Don't do that one again. If you want to do a trace do a trace. If you do the head then go ahead and do the entire body. A clip with the head and body (but leave the legs fuzzy) usually looks good as well.

                    The three types of clips are fairly standard and I would not yield far from the classics.
                    I do a trace clip that I love. I just go with a straight line from the stifle to the wither. You could do that type of 1/2 body clip and also clip the head. It would not only look fine but that particular trace makes horses look uphill.

                    Clipping IS expensive. I travel around and clip horses in the area. One of the reasons it's expensive is because those of us who clip usually have A LOT of equipment. I have about 1K worth of clippers. It's a job you either hate or love.
                    I'm totally in love. lol.
                    Also, if you are not used to it you'll most likely be sore the next day.

                    1 set of large clippers would be worth while if you clip your horse each year. I've used them all and the Premier 1s are the best on the market. They not only make my horses look slicker but they also cut my clipping time in 1/2. I was using Clipmasters. No bueno to the Clipmasters. LOOOOVE the Premiers.
                    Valley Vet has them. Our clipper store had them for 20 bucks less than VV but I hear towards the east coast clippers are even higher in price.
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                    • #30
                      Count me among those who would definitely clip.

                      BTW...that second picture...looks like you're riding in a parking garage. Just curious, what's the venue?

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                      • #31
                        Originally posted by NBChoice View Post
                        I rode him 2 days ago and it was about 45 degrees... his hair got all curly and matted down because he started sweating. The show is in a heated arena. Probably heated to around 50-60 degrees, so he'll be sweating even more in there.
                        I know I said you will be fine, but after seeing this ... clip. It will be healthier for him and easier for you.

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                        • #32
                          I would clip! I clipped in the winters I lived in CO and I wasn't showing. I can't stand a really hairy horse when they are in real work. I don't have time to wait for them to dry etc. Plus they are so much easier to keep clean etc. My horse lived in a stall/run situation and was just fine. I didn't always clip him legs, but since you are going to a show then I would. Only when it was really cold read like teens would he get his neck cover on.

                          As long as you blanket appropriately then I wouldn't worry about clipping and them being too cold. My horse survived -18 or so clipped. I just bundled him up in blankets!

                          O and lots of hay to keep that internal furnace going.
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                            #33
                            Your last year's clip. oh dear.
                            Don't do that one again. If you want to do a trace do a trace. If you do the head then go ahead and do the entire body.
                            Lol! I warned you all in the first post and said he looked pretty silly. Though, this type of clip is pretty common in SS land... just not for shows of course. I think the problem was that I didn't clip him soon enough, so there wasn't enough time for the hair to grow in a little bit and match the rest of his body more.

                            BTW...that second picture...looks like you're riding in a parking garage. Just curious, what's the venue?
                            That is the stalling area right by Hale arena in Kansas City. The building next to Kemper arena.
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                            • #34
                              I would clip In about 2-3 weeks, you won't even see any lines and it will look great! Just make sure to take special care where the mane meets the neck on both sides.

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                                #35
                                Is it vital that I bathe before I clip? He's pretty dusty and dirty. The next couple days it's supposed to be in the 30's. Thursday is going to be 50, but I don't have any heated water... so he's essentially going to be bathed in freezing hose water. I don't really want to do that to him...
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                                • #36
                                  Its best if you do wash him, but if its absolutely impossible, just try to bring some hot water from home, mix it with cold water until its warm and sponge bathe him. Remember to put a nice cooler over him for him to dry.
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                                  • #37
                                    If you can't bathe, try a shop vac- it's amazing how much dust and dirt it'll suck out of a fuzzy winter coat.

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                                      #38
                                      Oh, good idea! I wonder if he'll stand still for it lol. He's probably been "vacuumed" before I had him though.
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                                      • #39
                                        Oh so you soak and then remove the water?

                                        Right now I'm mixing the beet pulp, Alfa A and bran and filling the bucket full of (cold) water. It all soaks for about 15min and then I serve it. The beetpulp is in powder form so it soaks amazingly fast, and I haven't had any issues with it yet.

                                        Its great because this way I know she's ingesting water. We've had issues with that in the past. When the ulcers flare up, even if its not too serious (a couple of day of omeoprazole takes care of it), she'll just stop drinking water, so this soupy mash has been essential.
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                                          #40
                                          ^^^Think you have the wrong thread.

                                          Well I'm going to try body clipping this week. I was going to hire someone, but the price was just too much. So I'll have my first experience!
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