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