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post #1 of 4 Old 09-23-2011, 01:19 AM Thread Starter
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Possibly silly clipping question...

When you clip your horse, do you clip all the way down to the skin or do you want to leave a smidge of hair?

I started attempting to clip Lacey today (I'm giving her a modified trace clip cuz she gets SO hairy and sweaty during the winter, and it's been unnaturally hot recently so, with how much hair she already has, every ride has equaled mandatory hosing) and I ran into some issues.
When I tried without attaching the "blending" comb to my clippers, I think it went way too short with her hair since it got all the way down to skin level (and since she's a gray gone white, her skin shows up really darkly against her coat). However, when I tried again with the comb attached, it was next to impossible to get areas that weren't flat...
Do I need a different blade? Or do I really want to clip all the way down to skin level?

Help? And sorry if this is ridiculously silly! haha
It hopefully isn't any sillier than Lacey, in her pasture, half clipped and looking a fool.

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-23-2011, 04:32 AM
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I use a #10 or 15 blade for the body and neck for show clipping and a 15 for the face. That gets them 'close' but not 'balded' and in a couple of weeks they grow out enough to blend any clipper marks you leave. Good new is, greys seem to be the most forgiving color to clip if you make mistakes.

Since you're not show clipping I might even go to a 5 blade on her body and neck and a 10 on the head, that would leave a bit more hair.

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post #3 of 4 Old 09-23-2011, 06:42 AM
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Or you might want to try to find someone with body clippers you can borrow. Body clippers have roughly the equivelent of a number 5 blade. The standard blade that comes with most clippers is usually a 10 or 15; the ear and face blade is usually a 40.
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post #4 of 4 Old 09-28-2011, 09:10 PM
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When I clipped my mare in the winter of 2009 I used a #7 against the grain; I don't like to take the coat so close as a 10 or 15 does. I am thinking about clipping her again this year, since she really sweated last year, when I didn't...it was a pain trying to dry her out, and she didn't have a thick coat, so I still had to blanket anyway...lol!

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