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post #1 of 10 Old 10-06-2012, 10:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question about body clipping

I have a grey TB mare who is absolutely stunning when her coat is sleek and shiny; she's really furry right now. I know what a body clip is, but I want to know when it's appropriate and what the parameters are (like if I body clip her, does she need to be blanketed, etc). I live in Southern CA so it doesn't get toooo cold, but I want to make sure that I do it right if I have someone body clip her. Is it something your only supposed to do during certain seasons or for shows? Is there a way besides clipping her that I can get her coat to be less furry? I prefer the sleek look on her, so any advice is appreciated :)
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Hey, what do you know! A fellow Norconian! I'm from Norco too! Off Corona Ave. When I wanted to get rid of my boys hair but not actually body shave him., I just shaved him but with the grain not aginst it., that way it took the bulk of the hair off but not as short as going aginst the grain. & no, I didnt blanket him. But this was at the beginning of summer.
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Hey, what do you know! A fellow Norconian! I'm from Norco too! Off Corona Ave. When I wanted to get rid of my boys hair but not actually body shave him., I just shaved him but with the grain not aginst it., that way it took the bulk of the hair off but not as short as going aginst the grain. & no, I didnt blanket him. But this was at the beginning of summer.
Haha! Funny, I'm off Corona too...do you board somewhere or live there? And thanks for the info, maybe I will do that :) Do you think during the temperature of our winters here she'd need to be blanketed? She's in an outdoor stall...
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Its actually my sisters house. We are inbetween 6th & 7th st. Anyway, if your horse has never been shaved before, she might get chilly. But then again, if she's indoors she might not. Its hard to say. I would just go out & watch her., if she's cold, she will shiver.

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Its actually my sisters house. We are inbetween 6th & 7th st. Anyway, if your horse has never been shaved before, she might get chilly. But then again, if she's indoors she might not. Its hard to say. I would just go out & watch her., if she's cold, she will shiver.
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Usually, if your horse is cold then the base of her ears will be cold. I would personally keep a cover on hand, because if your taking off her fuzzy wonter coat because you like the look of her summer coat, then yes she will get cold... Their winter coat is there to keep them warm remember, so if you get rid of it then you will have to compensate :)

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Thanks for your input :) I definitely don't want to compromise her health or comfort :)
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Well..... it depends :)

There are places that body clip their horses year-round, and just add blankets as needed. If your horse gets hot enough during work that the coat is causing discomfort, I would say clip away.

If you go for a full body clip, I recommend against clipping everything. Leave the legs natural and trace the saddle pad area and leave that natural. Reason being is that the horses legs will not have protection from the cold from a blanket, and many horses get irritation from the saddles/pads when they're clipped there.

If you're not sure that you want to jump straight into a full body clip, then you have several options available to you. Here's some: Peasridge Clipper Advice - Clipping Advice - Horses

The names of the actual clip styles can vary, so if you're hiring someone to do a clip for you, make sure that they show you what they're going to do. You can also do variations of these clips -- you can leave the head unclipped, or clipped, or change the lines a bit. But the diagrams are a good start.

There's no real set of rules on clipping. People do or don't do it for various reasons -- including our convenience. I body clipped my horse last year because he only grew enough coat to take hours to dry, and I simply didn't have 3 hours to wait for him to dry off. I clipped him, added some more blankets and he was good to go.

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