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        12-20-2013, 09:21 PM
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    Yearling
    Clipping just the face?

    Has anyone ever just clipped their horse's face before? My horse has an insanely thick winter coat EVERYWHERE. I have a beautiful leather bridle which I would like to use this winter. Thing is, the buckles and all of the works are such a pain to use and adjust correctly around all of that hair.

    Would he get chilled having his hair on his face and around his throatlatch clipped? Has anyone done it?
         
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        12-20-2013, 09:34 PM
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    Yearling
    If you do a full body clip the entire horse is shaved...no coat left untouched...just mane & tail.

    I've never seen just a face/head done...but I guess if it is that bad and thick your tack doesn't fit and to much trouble and difficult to adjust..
         
        12-20-2013, 09:41 PM
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    My mini got SO fluffy her halter didn't fit her anymore. She would get her little beard wet and be cold all night.
    I used my husband's clippers xD with a guard on it to be an inch, and clipped her face so the fur was only an inch long. That helped everything xD
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        12-20-2013, 09:46 PM
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    Trained
    I have. My mare has a white face, and in the spring when she starts to shed (but is still chilly/cold out) I couldn't stand the hair. So I clip it every year. She loves when I do it too, goof ball. LoL. She has a tendency to rub her face on me, and all that hair...yuck. No thank you.

    ETD, Love the idea of using a guard for the time being. You'll be able to shorten it, but not take all of it off. That'd be perfect...
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        12-20-2013, 09:52 PM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by PunksTank    
    My mini got SO fluffy her halter didn't fit her anymore. She would get her little beard wet and be cold all night.
    I used my husband's clippers xD with a guard on it to be an inch, and clipped her face so the fur was only an inch long. That helped everything xD
    I guess I'll have to sneak my mom's pair of clippes out tomorrow I'm sure he will be pouty for a couple of days
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        12-22-2013, 01:46 PM
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    Honestly I cannot believe that you want to clip just his head because the buckles are difficult to do up because of all the hair!

    I have had many very hairy ponies with their winter coat, and never had a problem and nor did any of the children that tacked them up.

    If your horse is living out then he needs the hair on his head to keep him warm. We loose a lot of heat through our heads as do horses. If the hair is to much of a problem then just trim the whiskers under his jaw.

    Sounds more like you want to show off his bridle.
         
        12-22-2013, 06:43 PM
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    I don't know, Foxhunter, it depends HOW furry he gets. Jackson gets crazy furry but his bridle still fits well, my previous horse got so bad that I DID have a hard time bridling him. If it's a legitimate issue I don't see a problem clipping the areas that are making it difficult for the OP.
         
        12-22-2013, 07:26 PM
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    I will trim mine up in winter but I don't clip close. Blades do not touch them,but I am able to shorten up some of that hair & have them looking neat I have done bridle path area,under jaw & throatlatch.
         
        12-23-2013, 10:26 AM
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    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
    Honestly I cannot believe that you want to clip just his head because the buckles are difficult to do up because of all the hair!

    I have had many very hairy ponies with their winter coat, and never had a problem and nor did any of the children that tacked them up.

    If your horse is living out then he needs the hair on his head to keep him warm. We loose a lot of heat through our heads as do horses. If the hair is to much of a problem then just trim the whiskers under his jaw.

    Sounds more like you want to show off his bridle.




    He has obnoxiously long hair under his chin and around his throat-latch. That's all I did.

    The clip blades I used wear dull, so I barely could get anything done anyway.
         
        12-23-2013, 11:03 AM
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    I'm going to be clipping my guy around his muzzle, under his chin, and his bridle path is always clipped. I am constantly pulling hair when I bridle him and buckle everything. It makes life easier for both of us.
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