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    02-01-2013, 09:54 PM
HHMMM..I suppose you have a good should not interpret tone in a typed message. But even me with New England Sarcasm still thought some of them were rude. It seemed as thought the original post was someone who really needed guidance and was very worried about the current situation they were in a the time. It's all relative, it may not seem like a big deal to some but to the person in the situation it's potentially a big deal. But I appreciate your point of view!!!!
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    02-01-2013, 10:21 PM
I've never found any truth to the stories that clipping will ruin a coat's growth.
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    02-01-2013, 10:24 PM
Wow um.... First of all I never clip dirty. I know a lot of people do but your clippers will go through a clean coat much easier. Also it looks like your clippers didn't have enough torque for hair that thick. It doesn't matter how sharp your blades are if your clippers aren't strong enough.

At this point I'm glad you called a pro. If you are like me you don't want to spend the $$ but this time it's worth it. I groom dogs for a living and the people who have tried to groom their own dogs end up being my best customers :) Try again later with a clean horse and NOT right before a show. She turned out pretty good in the end ;)
    02-02-2013, 12:41 AM
Green Broke
Bad clipper cuts are just like a bad hair cut. It all grows out.
The only way to learn it , is to do it, but not during show season. Hope you have fun showing.
    02-03-2013, 02:44 PM
Oh goodness. Ok, You had a good idea to start with! Why call a professional, when you have th equipment to do it yourself?! Just remember, PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT. We all have to start out being terrible, to get better. First, make sure she is secure, someone either holding her or she's in a washrack (or something of that nature, where she has nowhere to move around and you can stand outside the metal bars in a safe area since she likes to kick), always start at the neck and shave in the direction of the hair growth in no more than 8 inch strips. Then when you go to do your next strip, slightly overlap your first. Work from the neck all the way back, and alwayshold your clippers at the same angle. Did you end up fixing this yourself? I'm sure it turned out better than the first attempt. :)
My biggest recommendation is to train the kick out of her. Get her use to her whole body being vigorously rubbed down. Do it every day! This will help her feel safe while being clipped, and keep you safe. Good luck!!!
    02-06-2013, 09:58 AM
Agree. Definitely call a professional
    02-07-2013, 05:42 PM
Ok, I bathed her before I started clipping and normally for grooming she stands still and lets me groom her everywhere!!! I used heavy duty horse clippers. I think her problem was that the clippers I hired had an electrical fault and would not cut her hair properly (I later hired a different pair, same brand and they worked fine) so it pulled her hair which made her move around which made me make a mess of her clip and accidentally cut her in a few places/rip off old scabs which made her kick out so everything made everything worse. I took her to the show and she was contesting with 6-18 other horses (mostly around 12 others) and she placed either second or third in every class!!!!!!!!
So I was very proud of her. Also, when the professional clipped her, we twitched her and she was perfect.
    02-07-2013, 06:53 PM
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I don't think it's as bad as everyone is reacting. I'd run the clippers over the long tufts that you missed and then slap a blanket on her. In two weeks it will look MUCH better.
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    02-08-2013, 03:17 AM
Green Broke
Standardbred, sounds less like an elcetrical fault and more like incorrectly tensioned and blunt blades.

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