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post #1 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 02:50 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Oh Noes!!! Scissors!!!

lol, ok, so, over in another board I told a story about how my horse's tail was so thick and heavy that she couldn't properly lift it to go potty and thus got dirty ALL the time!

Yes yes, I know that cleaning it would have been a better option, however, I couldn't clean it EVERY day.

So, what do I do? I take some scissors to her that's what! lol

I trimmed up along her dock and shaped it around her big 'ol rear so that it 'layered' nicely, as well as up underneath a bit where it got the dirtiest.

While doing this another boarder who owns western pleasure show horses comes up and gives me a look far dirtier than my horse's tail. She looks at me and asks "What on EARTH are you doing?!" and I state the obvious "Cutting her tail to keep it clean" lol. I then get a small lecture that I should just wash it regularly and or 'pull' it.

Now, I know what pulling is, but I don't really want to spend an hour yanking at the hairs on my horses butt! lol

I don't show or compete or anything. I just go, love on my girl and ride in a small riding area or out in a pasture. I don't even go on trail rides with other people lol.

Same day, same grannie. When done with my horse's tail, I move to her ears, yes, with the scissors! lol. So, Caddy is standing like the lovely lady she is and I'm just snipping away when the grannie returns. Not so politely she asks me why I don't just take some clippers to her ears if I was so worried about it. I just smile and shrug and explain that I don't own a pair of clippers. She tells me that there are some 'communal' clippers up in some cabinet. I didn't really feel like getting into. (Not really hot on using other people's things, communal or otherwise hehe)

So yeah, that's my funny little story of being so very 'un-horsey' that I take scissors to my horse lol.

Really...what's the big deal with pulling and clipping if it works for the horse and the rider?
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post #2 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 04:09 AM
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I use scissors on my horse all the time!

His mane was extremely long when I got him and I just took the scissors to it. Now I regularly trim it, my dad helps me 'shape' it. For about a week it looks a bit wonky then it grows out and looks fine. So, I see no problem with using scissors. xD
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post #3 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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YAY! lol, I'm glad I'm not he only dork to use scissors! lol

I don't have a whole lot of exposure out at my place, so when the only person I really talked to commented on it, I was kinda thrown aback! lol.
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post #4 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 02:04 PM
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I use scissors all the time! I use it on whiskers, tails, ears, feathers, manes, bridle paths... You name it!
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post #5 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 03:51 PM
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I'm a scissors person as well. i don't really have any plug ins at my barn so clippers are pretty useless for me. besides my horses stand well for scissors. and the only thing we cut is ear hair, tails and shape up the manes and forelock.

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post #6 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 05:32 PM Thread Starter
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It feels so great not to be alone lol.

Maybe Grannie was just over reacting about the whole scissors thing lol.

I don't have much exposure to other horse people so the ones I do know make a pretty big impact on me whether they realize it or not.
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post #7 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 06:30 PM
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My Arab/TB is very sketchy about having her tail combed out, so in the interest of I keep my head on my shoulders and she not feel like clobbering me, I keep her tail short. When I first got her she had literally a baseball bat shaped and sized mat of hair in her tail. I had to use a scissors and quickly snip it out. I remember my brother grabbed it and whacked me in the head with it, and boy that hurt!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #8 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 08:10 PM
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I just trimmed Caleb's ears and bridlepath with a pair of big old scissors yesterday. I find it easier and more convenient than clippers.

Western pleasure people are pretty anal about keeping their horses tails as long and thick as possible.

The best way to thin a tail is to brush it with a metal comb every day.
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post #9 of 36 Old 07-25-2010, 08:50 PM
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I'm a scissors lady as well, unless I'm going to a show, why would I worry about it? I would just roll my eyes at Grandma and remember its your horse, not her's. ;)
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post #10 of 36 Old 07-26-2010, 01:44 AM
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Scissors are great! Especially since I only do bridal paths and trim his tail so he doesn't stand on it.
I can't be bothered getting out clippers and arguing with my horse about them since he's never seen them before, so scissors all the way!
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