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 cant have her shaggy baggies all sweated up for presentation. soooo, ive 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. ive 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 dont 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 dont want her to have the really bristly look for the show
i thought i had more questions than that but i cant think of any more at the moment. i may be back with more though ;)
thanks in advance