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        11-13-2008, 08:42 AM
      #11
    Green Broke
    I did this clip on boo a few years back and it worked really well:


    It's kind of hard to see from this angle, but the clip ended in the middle of his shoulder - it was "just enough"

    Good luck!
         
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        11-13-2008, 11:00 AM
      #12
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by kickshaw    
    i did this clip on boo a few years back and it worked really well:


    It's kind of hard to see from this angle, but the clip ended in the middle of his shoulder - it was "just enough"

    Good luck!
    He's cute! Thanks. I'll talk to my trainer and see if she thinks it is necessary. I just want her to be comfortable.
         
        11-13-2008, 09:45 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by IrishRider    
    I hate winter for so many reasons.

    You are brave to clip your own horse. I wish I could figure out how to do it well because there is one woman at the barn that monopolizes it and charges a ton. Drives me crazy.

    Best way to learn is to get a hold of some clippers and try it out for yourself! ;) The key is to use even pressure (that's the hardest thing to master) and very sharp blades (brand new or just sharpened). I'd suggest borrowing a pair of heavy duty clippers (like clipmasters) for the majority of your horse's body and smaller more easily manageable ones for the legs/face. Make sure you have lots of Coollube/wd40/blade wash on hand and go for it! Doing an ok job really isn't that hard. Doing a GREAT job takes a lot of practice.
         
        11-13-2008, 09:51 PM
      #14
    Showing
    I think that should be fine; & it's good you're blanketing her as she won't be as warm without that fur!
         
        11-14-2008, 10:59 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Thanks for everyone's support. I just don't want my horse to be "the kid with the bad haircut" you know? Haha. But you are right, practice does make perfect. I think there is one other lady at the barn that has body clippers and knows how to do it. I bet she would help me. The other lady that normally does would never show me because she doesn't want anyone else doing whay she gets to charge a butt load of $$ for. She's one of those types of people. I thought she was going to have a coronary when me friend that moved out here said she knew how to braid.
         
        11-14-2008, 01:43 PM
      #16
    Started
    My horses would look naked if I clipped off some of their winter hair. Chloe has about 1.5 inches of hair already!!!! She gets to be a huge teddy bear...lol
         
        11-14-2008, 05:15 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Angel_Leaguer    
    My horses would look naked if I clipped off some of their winter hair. Chloe has about 1.5 inches of hair already!!!! She gets to be a huge teddy bear...lol
    My girl is super fuzzy too.
         
        11-16-2008, 03:54 AM
      #18
    Yearling
    I fully clip my horses each spring. I hate it because hair gets everywhere in all of my clothes and is soooo itchy. BUT, it is so worth it when I do it just before shedding season because I really don't have to deal with that.

    I really like the look of those different levels of trace clips - good idea depending of the level of exercise for each horse. One of my 4H kids who has a fat pony, could really use one, as he gets quite sweaty in his hot coat the one time each week that he does 4H rides. My horses don't really sweat during winter riding (lighter coats, and ridden regularly), so I don't have to mess with it until spring.

    I will agree that sharp clipper blades are a must...it really starts hacking at the coat when they get dull. Doing a whole body, they dull fairly quickly. I have to do my large blades every 1-2 horses.

    Great find on that site appy...I like the visuals with descriptions.
         
        11-17-2008, 12:07 AM
      #19
    Zab
    Yearling
    If you just clip the neck and chest, or a small trace behind elbows etc, you don't need a blanket. (generally that is, horses are individuals) Blankets doesn't cover those areas anyway, and horses don't loose much heat from them. I know several people clipping their horses like this, none needs blankets. :)

    If you clip any more or have a sensetive horse, you'll probably need a blanket. I'd tart with clipping as luttle as possible, and if I find out it isn't enough, clip more.
         
        11-17-2008, 12:12 AM
      #20
    Zab
    Yearling
    And when you clip yourself; make sure the horses skin is evenly stretched, like in the armpits or what to call it (near the girths place), stretch the skin with one hand and clip with the other. Make the horse bend the neck away from you when you clip the shoulders, etc etc :)
         

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