Join Date: May 2012
Location: Chicagoland area, IL
Hey there! If I were you, I would ask the horse's owner if they want the saddle cut or not... you don't want to get in trouble if they want it there, but you don't want to annoy them if you do leave it! Also, if they do want a saddle patch, be sure to ask if they want a girth line as well.
If they DO want a saddle patch, I put the saddle (with no pad) on the horse's back, and outline it with chalk or non-toxic powder of any kind.
As for the head... if the horse will be showing (at ANY level) trimming the muzzle is a MUST in the hunter world. Personally, I always shave the insides of the ears... makes for a very kept-up look. But if the horse is funny about the clippers in their ears (many are), you can take a scissor or smaller set of clippers and just trim them up so they don't have serious ear fuzz. *But whatever you do, NEVER shave the whiskers near the horse's eyes. If they are extremely long & hideous, most people will trim them with a scissor, but NEVER cut them completely off.
If you have any other questions or tips, let me know. I've been clipping at least 4+ times a years for as long as I remember, so I've pretty much done & scene it all ;D