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post #1 of 2 Old 02-02-2011, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping a draft?

Hey there, sorry if this has already been asked but I'm kinda new to all this so please be patient. I've never had to clip a horse before as the mare I used to own was thoroughbred and never grew a thick coat. Of course I would trim her ears and stuff but never have I done a full body clip. Can anyone tell me how to do it or suggest a good video? Also, what clippers are the best, with budget not being a problem? Next part of the question is I work with a full shire at a rescue and hope to adopt him one day. He is very furry for the winter but if I do eventually adopt him I would like to show him in dressage plus I would be moving him to a much warmer climate. So do you clip them? I wouldn't want to get rid of his gorgeous feathers but the body hair might get to hot for him. Any suggestions? Thank you guys so much in advance
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Since the Shire is a rescue, the quality of his coat is most likely compromised from feed quality and amount. Feeding him adequate amounts of hay will help keep him warm and you will have less winter coat. Feeding him fats will also improve the quality of his skin and hair as well. Rarely do you need to body clip a draft. They have a higher % of body fat and just don't grow much of a coat. If you're showing to non draft judges, I'd meet them half way. Clip his face like you would normally a light horse. Ears, muzzle, bridlepath... not always done with Shires and Clydes. You will want to blend the stray hairs down the back of the legs to the knee. They will frown on the feathers but that's there problem. They must be impecably white. If they are severly stained, you might want to shave his legs and start all over again as long as you have time for them to grow out (at least 6 months). You will get really good with blending.

I've body clipped with my everyday 10 year old A-5. Get the wide 10 or 7 blade. It will take you a couple hours and sets of blades to do a draft. Cut against the hair (up) and you will have a consistent length. Do it at least one week before the event. I 've tried with my Clipmasters but they leave lines that the smaller clippers don't
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