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post #1 of 79 Old 09-12-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Please help me. Major clipping disaster.

I was clipping my horse but she kept moving etc and everytime she moved the clippers dug in so now she looks a real mess.
I have a show in 3-4 weeks, could I fix her up before then?
Also, I have not been able to do her back legs/teat area as she is very protective and kicks out at me when I approch, what can I do to finish her legs?
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post #2 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 12:55 AM
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At the risk of sounding fatalist, I'm not sure there's anything you can do to sort that out. I don't know how fast her coat grows but if you leave it alone for now, spend the time until the show desensitizing her to the clippers and teaching her to stand properly, then you might be able to re-clip her the day before the show and even her out a bit. To be honest, though, I wouldn't be very confident about it.

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post #3 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 01:01 AM
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Oh... Wow. My suggestion is to call a professional.. They may be able to smooth some out... Or let it grow for as long as possible, then get a pro out to clip/clean up a few days before the show.
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Great heavens! xD

Just grin and bare it! These things happen, don't freak out :) Your horse will be fine, and so will you. Not sure how to, er, fix that, but just laugh it off! xD

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Oh dear.... she looks a bit like a sheep. Have you ever clipped before? Were the blades sharp enough? The lines look as though you used clippers that were too large and possibly not sharp enough, she is clipped far too close to the skin in some areas.

I'd swallow my pride and call a professional clipper to come in and try to tidy her up somewhat. Otherwise, stick a rug on her and hide her for a few weeks/months until she's somewhat presentable again. My gelding was clipped in May and still has his clipped coat.
Because we're coming into summer now, I don't like your chances of this clip job growing out fully into a good summer coat.

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post #6 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 01:53 AM
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I agree with Kayty and JDI. I would call a professional.

Also, did you cut her? I see a small nick on her hock, just make sure when the clippers dug in that you didn't cut her :)

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post #7 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 04:18 AM
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I'm not suprised she kicked out, perticularly after you cut her.
Your best way would be to call a proffessional, sedate her and get it all sorted out in one go.

If you ever decide to clip again, please make sure you have good quality clippers with sharp blades, that you have someone teach you to tension the blades correctly (too tight and they will blunt very quickly and get very hot, too loose and they dont clip well, I suspect your blades were not tensioned correctly), you get the horse very clean before clipping, you use long strokes and over lap them, that you keep your blades clean and well oiled and go quickly as a bored horse is a fidgity one.

The first time I ever clipped was a mare who didnt like things on her back legs, it took me 40 mins to do a full clip on her and the only bits that looked a bit off were the bits under her belly. If you use one stroke and go as far as you can with it (so from loins up to ears, or from leg up through the shoulder and to her ears.
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post #8 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 06:49 AM
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It doesn't look like you went the direction of the hair all the time. Some areas look as if you went against the direction of hair growth instead of with it. I would find someone that knows how to successfully clip and have them fix what the can to even it out and than just let it grow.
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post #9 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 09:58 AM
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Wickednag, you should always go against the direction of the hair, it is going with the hair that prevents the blades from cutting properly

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post #10 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 10:04 AM
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Never body clip a horse ... I leave all that to my daughter but it looks as if that blade was all over the place :) with and against the hair growth.
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