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        06-10-2008, 06:20 AM
      #1
    Trained
    question about clipping

    I have my first competition on possum coming up and she is a shaggy baggy miss with her winter fluffies on :) it isnt terribly out of control and because she is kept rugged its in nice condition and with a good grooming still comes up shiny but she sweats at the drop of a hat and looks awful in no time and the competition we are going to has 6 'mini' events: pairs, 4's, bareback, rider class, presentation and led in and I can't have her shaggy baggies all sweated up for presentation. Soooo, I've decided to clip her. I have a 101 questions to ask about this.

    1. Even though we are in winter our nights only get as low as 10C which isnt really that cold. I have a light combo, a canvas and her winter rugs to put on her once she is clipped. Im pretty sure this will be enough but im not sure. Is this enough rugs?

    2. I have never clipped a whole horse before. I've done the body but not the legs, face and ears. Is there anything I need to know about clipping these areas before I start? She is fine with things around her ears etc so I don't expect her to go silly with the clippers, but im not sure if there is anything I should watch out for. Also, can I use the big body clippers for the face and ears etc or should I get a smaller pair for those areas?

    3. If I do her a minimum of 2 weeks before the comp will that be enough time for it to lose that awful 'just clipped' look? I don't want her to have the really bristly look for the show

    I thought I had more questions than that but I can't think of any more at the moment. I may be back with more though ;)

    Thanks in advance
         
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        06-10-2008, 06:59 AM
      #2
    Yearling
    I think you should be right with rugs, just keep a good eye out and be ready to get a heavier one if needed.

    Id recomend smaller clippers for difficult areas because they are easier to manouver, and a spare pair of blades for your main clippers just in case.

    2 or 3 weeks should be ok to allow the coat to even out after the clip and be prepared for a dun color lol.

    Make sure she is washed clean and completly dry before you start.
         
        06-10-2008, 04:24 PM
      #3
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Miss Katie
    I think you should be right with rugs, just keep a good eye out and be ready to get a heavier one if needed.

    Id recomend smaller clippers for difficult areas because they are easier to manouver, and a spare pair of blades for your main clippers just in case.

    2 or 3 weeks should be ok to allow the coat to even out after the clip and be prepared for a dun color lol.

    Make sure she is washed clean and completly dry before you start.
    Everything she's posted is pretty much it. Make sure you give your horse at least one good bath before you clip. Might need to do a second one but you should be ok. Will help make your blade last longer.
         
        06-10-2008, 07:24 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Thanks guys :)

    M2g - thanks for the tip. I knew to wash her once but I never knew about maybe a second time and it saving the blades :)
         
        06-12-2008, 11:53 PM
      #5
    Foal
    Hi

    What are some good clippers for doing a full body clip???

    Thanks
    XX
         
        06-13-2008, 07:05 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    1. I'd think a thin sheet should be just fine to keep her warm on cooler nights.

    2. Definitely use 2 different clippers if you can! We have giant heavy duty clippers (Oster Clipmasters) which are amazing, but expensive and probably not worth it if you aren't body clipping several horses regularly. They're also kind of heavy and take while to figure out how to maneuver. Oster Power Pro Ultra clippers are my favorite. I use those for legs/faces. They're pretty powerful for their size and would be ok for the occasional all out body clip. I love that they're cordless too. SO much more convenient! I also have some Wahl cordless rechargable ones that are nice, lightweight, and cheap. They're great for whiskers/ears. They don't handle major clips well but perfect for show touch ups.

    3. The secret is to use even pressure as you clip! You will avoid clipper marks that way. That and keep your clippers very sharp and clean. Use lots of WD-40 and blade cleaner. I like to keep an extra set of blades around in case mine go dull. I usually clip about a week (couple of days if I'm busy) before the show. 2-3 weeks should be plenty.
         

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