02-22-2012, 12:53 AM
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I've always heard that you shouldn't clip a horse at all after about January because it'll end up effecting how good the summer coat looks since the summer coat is growing in under the winter coat starting around late December/early January.
I've never tried it though because I'm nervous about ruining the coat for an entire season. However, you could definitely try it if you were feeling brave... :)
Also, just so you know (maybe you know this), a clipped horse isn't really shiny at all. So he'll still look pretty dull if you clip him, just his hair will be shorter and less shaggy.
Have you tried brushing him a ton to get his hair shinier? That generally works for me, lotsa elbow grease.