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post #1 of 3 Old 07-16-2010, 02:58 AM Thread Starter
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Question Question about Body Clipping

Next year I am going to compete at the Del Mar National Horse Show, Western Week. The show runs through the last week in April and my horse usually isn't shed out untill the second week in May. I was told that you can body clip a horse about a month in advance and it will give you a sleek summer looking coat. Is that true? I was also told that I could use lights because the hair growth depends on the amount of light entering the eye. Unfortunately, I don't have access to using lights. Will body clipping work? Does it change your horse's color at all? I'm clueless....

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post #2 of 3 Old 07-16-2010, 03:09 AM
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I def reccomend lights but since that's not so much an option idk.

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If you want your horse to have a show coat in April, I would body clip mid to end of January, *before* the spring coat starts to grow. The idea is to clip the winter coat short instead of shedding it out, and that the spring coat growth shows up immediately instead of gradually.

If you clip too late and clip the spring coat coming in, you'll end up with a horses with the odd, lighter, matte color.

If you do clip in January, you'll also have to be very diligent about blanketing.

How much of a color change you get depends on what color the horse is, what stage their coat growth is and when you clip.

PS - putting a horse under lights work by altering the Circadian cycle; the length of light and dark periods during a day. The horse has to be in a stall, obviously, and that light has to be pretty bright and in a certain spectrum for it to work. Most people put the lights on timers to mimic the day/night cycle.
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