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post #21 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 02:51 PM
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Well, if she was a wall, I would say use a dark stain to faux finish her and she would be FABULOUS and people would line up to have you do their wall/horse.

All kidding aside, I have only body clipped one horse and had a blast but it wasn't with a show coming up in 4 weeks. I know that KaThim's body grew out pretty darn fast after I body clipped him this spring (he is the barn owners horse) and you couldn't tell he'd been clipped. Wait til a week before the show and get a pro out to clean him up and see what you have after that.

It isn't the end of the world - it is hair and thank God hair grows back!
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Ok, I was going against the hair when the clippers kept stopping so the lady I was hiring the clippers from told me to go with the hair. Needless to say, this just made a big mess and the clippers still didn't work! I hired some different ones (same brand but from a different hiring place) and they worked fine!
So now I have a mess of a horse to smile at.
She is a miniature and has only just started multing so I should get away with it. I am praying she will grow her hair out super quick!!!
Thanks a lot for your help, I felt really annoyed that I had recked my horse's lovely coat but you guys have cheered me up!
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I really couldn't tell you what to do to fix this yourself, aside from letting it grow out as much as you can.. Or enlisting some help. A few issues to keep in mind for next time (I've never completely body clipped a horse, I have body clipped hundreds of dairy cattle though)..

My biggest issue is that your horse is dirty.. Its hard on the clippers, for one thing and clippers can sometimes be an investment. Second, you're clipping all over. You want to use long, sweeping motions with your clippers, against the lay of the hair. You also want to keep the clippers flat and level along the body.. Not digging in anywhere. Your blades are not sharp enough.. Get them sharpened and then learn how to adjust the tension in your blades. If your clippers are getting hot, they're probably too tight, which will dull the blades really fast. If its too loose, it won't clip well either.

To fix up the areas you couldn't get before, I'd suggest you start desensitizing your horse to the clippers, now. Turn them on and keep them near (not on) the trouble areas until she doesn't care.. Get closer and closer and eventually hold them up against her (not actually clipping anything). Be gradual and reward her when she relaxes, shut the clippers off.

I'd get to practicing as much as possible before the next show too.
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I am going to give my two pennys worth and being a man of some years have had experence with one of the suggestions I am about to make. Its the polishing.

(1) apply lady veet hair removal all over except her head and mane. Keep a hose ready at all times, she will need hosing down, also some lotion to calm the skin after. That will remove all of the hair down to her skin except her mane and face area. What a great look.

(2) when she has calmed down start polishing her all over to a high sheen I do this regulary with my dome it helps to reflect the sun.

I do feel for the horse and how it must be feeling. Imagine yourself walking out of the hair salon looking like that thinking you are ready to go on show at a party or what ever, you would want to kick to.

Please dont be insulted if a bad hair cut is all that goes wrong for you and your horse this year you are having a great year.

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post #25 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 05:02 PM
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I Second, you're clipping all over. You want to use long, sweeping motions with your clippers, against the lay of the hair.
Really? I watched the Wahl body clipping video a while back, and it emphasized short segments of hair at a time. Color me confused!
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post #26 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 05:37 PM
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I do feel for the horse and how it must be feeling. Imagine yourself walking out of the hair salon looking like that thinking you are ready to go on show at a party or what ever, you would want to kick to.
I doubt the horse cares too much now that it's over.
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post #27 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 06:47 PM
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(1) apply lady veet hair removal all over except her head and mane. Keep a hose ready at all times, she will need hosing down, also some lotion to calm the skin after. That will remove all of the hair down to her skin except her mane and face area. What a great look.
Im going to hope this is some sort of joke? I mean, honestly? Is this for real?


Do not put womens hair removal on your horse.


Thankfully hair grows, give it about 3 weeks, then have a professional groomer come out and smooth out all the rough spots left. It will all be fine. It should have just enough time before the show to get to a length to be able to have someone come tidy her up. Its quite the clip job
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Okay so the problems I see:
1. You used short strokes with the clipper - use long sweeping strokes focusing smaller sections. For example, we start around the elbow of the horse and go up along the neck and to the jaw and then do the whole section from the jaw to the elbow before moving on. Then we move on to the midsection, and finally the hindquarters, and lastly we do the face and legs if they are being done.
2.Your blades are either dull (most likely) or you are pushing the clippers through the hair too fast for them to keep up. You could also be using clippers that are not powerful enough to cut through your horses coat. We have some horses that can be clipped with standard clippers and others that need the higher powered clippers. Smetimes you can make due with the clippers that are not powerful by using extra blades and changing them out more frequently though honestly the higher powered ones will make it go faster which will make clipping more comfortable for you and your horse.

As far as her kicking issue, we get our vet our to sedate any horses or ponies that we know kick durring clipping or ones we have no history on. Usually they relax after a time or two if the clipping goes well with no nicks. I also get someone to stand with them and occasionally offer a treat, and praise and pet to reassure them.

Honestly if you don't have experience I would get someone experienced to teach you as it is really easy to nick the horse and give them a bad experience and make them sour about clipping.
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post #29 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 07:03 PM
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Im going to hope this is some sort of joke? I mean, honestly? Is this for real?


Do not put womens hair removal on your horse.
I read it as a joke... but I also though, "Gosh, the way it's worded, someone might think they're serious and take the advice!"
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post #30 of 79 Old 09-13-2012, 07:26 PM
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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

Oh my.. xD

Sending hugs your way :3

Great advice Mudpie!!!
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