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    05-19-2009, 01:17 PM
cutting a bridle path?

I was wandering if its normal to cut a bridle path on a yearling. His hair is so in the way just for his halter and I think it would look much better if I cut it. What do you guys think? Also what do I use to cut it?Thanks
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    05-19-2009, 01:41 PM
I have no idea what the rules are if you are doing any in hand classes with him.
To clip though, you use just plain clippers. It'd be good for him to get used to the sound of clippers anyway. You can use scissors if they won't tolerate clipping but it just doesn't come out as nice.
    05-19-2009, 02:04 PM
Okay thanks a bunch, I don't show him or anything its just gets on my nerves when I put his halter on lol. But thanks for the reply I will probably do it with clippers is really is not scared of much so maybe he will be okay with it but we will take it slow.
    05-19-2009, 02:30 PM
Shoot, if he is your horse, and it is bothering you, cut it. Heck, it is just hair. If his whole mane bugged you, there would be only personal preference to say it would be wrong to roach the whole mane. What prime time to get him desensitized to the clippers. Take your time. The only reason I don't do my yearlings that I am not showing is because I haven't gotten around to working with the clippers with them.

If you find it is "wrong" after your do it, just wait. Hair grows back.
    05-19-2009, 02:33 PM
Keep in mind, that there is a big, gaping difference to some horses between the sound of the clippers and the clippers actually touching them. And then again when they feel the sensation of hair clipping. Take your time, and as my dad says "don't get into a war."

    05-19-2009, 03:19 PM
thanks.. I will keep that in mind. He's a funny guy he hates his feet being messed with( although he is a lot better now then he use to be) and a few weeks ago is was so hot I decided I was going to try to spray him down with the water hose to see how he did because he also HATES rain he freaks out in the rain. But anywho, he LOVED the water hose it was the funniest thing ever. He loved to carry it around he like when I sprayed him off. He's funny. He also picks up his brushes and tries to brush himself Im thinking lol. But hopefully he will do good with the clippers its really just that part of his mane that gets on my nerves. I love when they have long manes and tails but he wont mess that little part. But thanks for your reply!
    05-19-2009, 03:56 PM
Lots of desensitizing. If you are afraid he is going to strike or kick, take your clippers and tape them to a long stick. Start with the air around him, and work up to touching him with them. Don't tie him. Work in a safe area. Make sure you can handle his ears, feel him up there, between the ears, move your hands around, etc.

Hah, I used my two year old as my clipping practice. He is not going to be shown to anyone to sell, and he is not going to be showing for quite a while, so I figured, why not. It'll grow back. I butchered it, but my dad came and showed me how to fix it.

I'll tell you what he did. He was PERFECT along the jaw, but when I would go to do his bridle path he would shake his head and would not let me do it. I didn't really want to push the issue, but when my dad came to clean up my poor clipping, he tried to do the bridle path. Colt shook his head, and dad yelled at him (literally). Colt then stood warily, but allowed his bridle path to be clipped. He was chumping me. He said "I don't wanna." and I let him get away with it. It is okay, I have learned.

The head skaking in kind of dangerous for your teeth and nose, so be careful and be very thorough in your desensitizing. The poll area is a very sensitive area, and he can't really see there, just feel. He knows instinctively that that is a very vulnerable place, and may be very defensive.

Heck. Take the blade off your clippers and pretend to body clip him. Like anything, work the topline, down, and work up to the head gradually. He is a yearling. You have PLENTY of time. Don't get into a hurry. It may take a week. Use scissors if you must, and then clean it up when you get there with the clippers. And don't blow his mind.
    05-19-2009, 04:59 PM
Clip away! I clip all of my horses bridle paths as soon as they get a mane! LOL! My hubby calls me clipper happy! I clip the bridle paths, feathers, wiskers etc! LOL
    05-19-2009, 05:00 PM
You've been given some good tips on clipping-- just wanted to add, in case you cared about "trends and traditions" at all (he's your horse and if you are not going to show him it really doesn't matter, but still...)

For stock breeds (Quarter Horses, Paints, Appaloosas, et.) and/or horses showing in some western disciplines where the mane is kept shorter and sometimes "banded" for show, the bridlepath is typically cut no longer than the length of their ear. Lay the ear back gently against the neck, and where the tip is, that's where the bridlepath stops. For really long-eared youngsters, you might want to go shorter than their ear. Exceptions could be reiners and cutters, who are shown with a long mane-- they often do not have a bridlepath cut on them, or only a short one.

For hunters and horses shown in traditional English disciplines, the bridlepath is usually only an inch or two long-- long enough to accomodate the width of the tack they will wear, maybe plus a little. This also looks nicer when the mane is braided for English classes, since the first braid will start up near the ear rather than having a big space before the first braid.

Lighter, more upright-necked breeds such as Arabians, Morgans, Saddlebreds, and etc., often are clipped with a longer bridlepath-- sometimes back to where the "break" is at the arch of the neck. On a youngster of this breed, I would start out shorter-- you can always cut one longer, but it takes awhile for mane hair to grow back in to match the rest of the mane, especially if you want to keep the horse's mane long.

"Foundation" breeders and bloodline groups in many breeds often prefer a more "natural" look and encourage a minimal bridlepath, if one is cut at all.

Just thought I would share-- hope that helps, or is at least interesting, LOL!
    05-20-2009, 08:38 PM
It doesnt affect the horse at all if you cut one.
Thanks for the info eastowest. I need to cut one for Splash...-gulp-!

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