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post #1 of 9 Old 01-17-2013, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Should I clip him?

Apollo is REALLY fuzzy...his hair is probably over an inch long. I can hardly work him for 10 mins before he breaks out into a huge sweat, and it takes a good 30 mins to cool him down and then I use a hair dryer and dry him for a good hour before putting him back in pasture. I need to work him more, but its impossible with his winter coat, he gets so hot so fast.

Would you suggest clipping? I have never clipped a horse, but I do own a pair of Oster clippers, and I have been grooming dogs for three years so I know how to properly use them, I've just never used them on a horse! I also have a heavy blanket for him, but I've never had to put it on because of how fuzzy he is...if I were to put it on him I think that he would get to warm. Would it help him lose some of his fuzz if I blanket him since he'd be warmer?

I just dont really know what to do about his fuzz...he needs to be worked harder and gain some muscle, but its impossible if I'm only working him 10 mins a day 4-5 days a week. What would you suggest?
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-17-2013, 06:12 PM
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The main factor here is if you can be there several times a day to change blankets as needed. If so, and you have light, medium and heavy blankets (and layers for when it's really cold out), I'd say go ahead.
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Apollo is REALLY fuzzy...his hair is probably over an inch long. I can hardly work him for 10 mins before he breaks out into a huge sweat, and it takes a good 30 mins to cool him down and then I use a hair dryer and dry him for a good hour before putting him back in pasture. I need to work him more, but its impossible with his winter coat, he gets so hot so fast.

Would you suggest clipping? I have never clipped a horse, but I do own a pair of Oster clippers, and I have been grooming dogs for three years so I know how to properly use them, I've just never used them on a horse! I also have a heavy blanket for him, but I've never had to put it on because of how fuzzy he is...if I were to put it on him I think that he would get to warm. Would it help him lose some of his fuzz if I blanket him since he'd be warmer?

I just dont really know what to do about his fuzz...he needs to be worked harder and gain some muscle, but its impossible if I'm only working him 10 mins a day 4-5 days a week. What would you suggest?
If I were you I would clip him. My gelding is clipped this winter as I am competing in indoor shows. No, he would not lose his fuzz by putting a heavier blanket on him, it might give the appearance of it but its really just flattening down the hair. Horse's coats are triggered by the length of the day, not by the warmth. Thats why big time show people keep their horses under lights in their stall to make them think the day is longer, it stops them from growing a winter coat.

What sort of living situation is your horse in? Outside all day? Inside at night? What sort of shelter does he have available outside? Whats your weather like? I live in Maine, so we've got about 6-8 inches of snow on the ground and chilly temps. My gelding is fully clipped, with the exception of his head. He goes outside during the day unless the weather is miserable wearing a heavy (340 grams of insulation) blanket. He is inside at night in a heated barn (50 degrees) and he wears a fleece sheet. I also ride in a heated indoor, but when I trail ride I have a fleece quarter sheet for him (its bright orange so we don't get shot!).

If your guy is outside a lot, or there aren't people around all day (boarding barn staff) to check on him, then I would suggest doing a partial clip, like a trace. Depending on your weather, and how much he is outside you could do a low, mid or high trace.
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Also, I would suggest, if you decide to clip, doing it (or having it done by a professional, its what I do!) ASAP because you want to make sure you don't cut into his summer coat which is going to start growing soon. I've heard of people clipping late and the part they clipped ended up being a different color than the rest of the horse until the next summer!
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He is in pasture from sun up til sundown and is stalled at night. The barn and arena are not heated and the only blanket I own is a medium/heavy weight. I think I would just do the low trace clip if I clip him. Thats where he is mostly sweating so I think it would work out well. I'm going to do some research on this...

Thanks for your help! I'd love to hear what others have to say as well!

Edit: What size blade is used?
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Not sure about the technical stuff as I pay some one to do it :) I wouldn't trusty self to do it without messing it up :)
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Anyone with clipping experience have any advice/thoughts/opinions?
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If your not going to shows you can also make up your own pattern. A woman who boards at my barn will clip the neck like the low trace, clip the chest, and the body (except sometimes the saddle area). She likes it because it gives them protection when your not riding them. To me it makes total sense. The blanket is only going to touch where the fur is on a trace, but there isn't where you need the protection! Sorry if I confused you, its been a long day... Err... Week!
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These are the clippers I own. Are they suitable to clip my horse?
Oster® Pro Turbo A5® Two Speed Clipper
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-18-2013, 02:41 AM
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I have those same clippers. They are nice for everything! Have never done a horse body tho. Only dogs and bridle paths and such. Let us know what you do.

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