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post #11 of 21 Old 01-18-2012, 12:15 PM
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Some horses are sensitive to the "bristley" feeling that clipped hair has under a saddle pad. Many people will leave a saddle patch to avoid this possibility




However, many people don't leave this patch. I have done total clips with no problems at all. If a horse is sensitive at first, they will get used to it. Then, next time, you might leave a saddle patch.

Personally, I wouldn't worry and that person has no business criticizing you.
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post #12 of 21 Old 01-18-2012, 12:32 PM
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Why would it matter whether the horse is a Paint or a QH for that matter?
people who show in the paints and qh circuts don't body clip. Not that actual paints or qh can't be clipped--it's just not common in those association shows.
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Has anyone got any pictures of their paint horse (the ones with patterns) clipped?

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post #14 of 21 Old 01-18-2012, 12:42 PM
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...Why can't you clip a paint? Will the colors blend?

LOL!!!

I have a Paint/QH cross, she gets trace clipped each winter so that she's not a sweaty mess than takes 10 years to cool out when we are working (which we do all year long)...OOOH she works soooo hard!!



You can kinda see the trace clip in this pic:

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people who show in the paints and qh circuts don't body clip. Not that actual paints or qh can't be clipped--it's just not common in those association shows.
That's not true. People who show AQHA/APHA on winter circuits do body clip.

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post #16 of 21 Old 01-18-2012, 02:17 PM
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That's not true. People who show AQHA/APHA on winter circuits do body clip.
Maybe it's just that winters don't get very cold here in the south, but most people I know who show paints and quarter horses keep them blanketed and under lights in the winter. They don't ever grow a winter coat so there's no need to clip them.
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Nonsense! I do like to leave a saddle shaped pad of hair when I clip performance horses, just for that little extra padding between saddle and back, but no, it's not necessary.

I used to groom for a pinto & paint trainer and she didn't body clip because she felt it ruined the coat. But she also had a heated barn, kept the horses blanketed and under lights, 24/7.


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post #18 of 21 Old 01-18-2012, 02:21 PM
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Maybe it's just that winters don't get very cold here in the south, but most people I know who show paints and quarter horses keep them blanketed and under lights in the winter. They don't ever grow a winter coat so there's no need to clip them.
that's exactly what we do and what most people I know do.
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I had a client who boarded a TB gelding with me who would be sensitive after his body clip but it was from the little hairs that were left behind (like the hair that gets in your collar after a hair cut). She would brush him well after the clip with a soft brush she would wet with warm water to help get the clipped hairs off. She also did VO5 hot oil treatments on him every month to keep his skin and coat moisturized. It was the dry skin that was his issue after the fact. Her chestnut would be dappled like a summer coat within two weeks of the clip. He is the only one I have know that required so much work.

PS clean saddle pads are a must!! A saddle pad with dried sweat on a freshly clipped horse put another friend in the dirt...that was a quick lesson for all of us ;). That must have been itchy for sure...
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post #20 of 21 Old 01-24-2012, 07:47 PM
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as others have said it's more of a personal preference.
I have had one trainer cancel ALL of this one girls lessons because she clipped the saddle area and 4 disagreed
Another 8 of my trainers clip their horses backs
If you feel worried, use a clean saddle pad and maybe a half pad on top for extra cushion
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