clipping the bridle path

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clipping the bridle path

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    05-02-2010, 07:34 PM
clipping the bridle path

My horses bridle path is getting kinda long (behind the ears, it was clipped when I got him) So I've been wanting to clip it back down but I'm not sure how short to clip without making the skin irritated and should I use clippers or scissors?
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    05-02-2010, 07:39 PM
Green Broke
It really does not neeeed to be clipped, the hair will naturally bend out of the way. But for aesthetics and such you can clip it as short or long as you like. Just take your time and keep your clipper blade cool and do not clip toooo close to the skin and you will be fine.
    05-02-2010, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
I have always used scissors, and it never looks choppy or anything! :]
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    05-02-2010, 08:08 PM
Depending on how long the mane is I start with scissors. Then I will either finish it with scissors if it isn't for a show, but if it is for a show I will finish with the clippers. As long as I have the blade guards (I think that's what theyre called, the different sized plastic peices that go over the blades) on the clippers I don't really worry about clipping it too short.
    05-02-2010, 08:11 PM
Yeah, I have always used scissors as well. Just about 2 inches or so...just enough for the'll know when you cut it when to say just short enough to where is starts getting hard to cut with scissors are much easier if you have a horse that doesnt like the sound of clippers.
    05-03-2010, 12:36 AM
I use clippers and normally just about is long as were the halter or bridle will go.
    05-03-2010, 08:07 PM
Thanks. I am a dog groomer so I have good clippers and scissors. Just wasn't sure how short to go as far as blade length. Grr...the people who sold him clipped him before I even saw him and chopped his mane real short and all. I can't wait for it to grow out some! Oh he still had his winter coat and they chopped away at it, he had all these chunks of fur missing where you could see they bumped with the scissors - especially on his neck like a line where they scissored the mane short but also scissored the fur on his neck
    05-03-2010, 08:17 PM
Better yet just let it grow out. Non of my reiners have bridle paths.
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    05-03-2010, 08:27 PM
Green Broke
A lot of horses don't, Tom's is growing out. The hair will just naturally move out of the way when the bridle pushes it...
    05-03-2010, 08:58 PM
Green Broke
I use a 10 blade for my bridlepaths. I've never irritated a horse's skin with clipping. (or heard of it...)

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