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    04-23-2011, 08:17 PM
When to clip?

So I know its wayyy too late to clip now due to growing summer coats, but I was just wondering, when exactly is a good time to clip? I've tried looking it up but I found plenty of sites where people said they'll clip whenever, which definitely doesn't sound right to me.
Last October I trace clipped my pally mare, but because it gets so darn cold and she doesn't get ridden too hard in the winter, I didn't re-do it later on. I'm thinking next year I'll trace clip her mid October (she gets a super thick winter coat that starts in September and lasts until mid May ) then in January full body clip her just so I don't have to deal with all this ridiculou shedding... Just curious when you all clip and when the new hair isn't going to be damaged. Thanks in advance :)
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    04-26-2011, 05:11 PM
Would you believe the new coat is already emerging as early as Dec. So clipping much later than that will result in blunt tips.
    04-26-2011, 08:48 PM
Wow, I've always heard if you clip by early January you're safe! Thanks, I'll definitely keep that in mind :)
    04-26-2011, 10:14 PM
I did a trace clip on my mare last year in late December and her summer coat came in just fine...

I would say do your full body clip no later than December and you would be good.
    04-26-2011, 10:27 PM
Green Broke
I clipped 2 horses a few weeks ago and they look great. They went to a rated show last week and were shiny as could be. I know lots of people who clip all through the spring. Is this the grey pony in your picture? Greys are definitely the most forgiving as far as looks after clipping goes!
    04-27-2011, 06:57 AM
Upnover, she's actually an isabella palomino. Which is my issue. In the winter, she looks grey, but her nice summer coat is very pretty. (Ignore her rather unattractive-ness in the pictures. They were just the first ones I found that showed the difference between her winter and summer coats) There's a lady at my barn who full body clipped all three of her show horses, and they look gorgeous. However I'd be worried that my clipping her summer hair, it wouldn't come in as dark as it usually does. Darn palominos...
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    04-27-2011, 07:01 AM
Green Broke
I was always told never to clip pallys... I have not a clue why though
    04-28-2011, 08:54 PM
That would make sense... Pallys can be kinda funky colored when they're clipped. My mare just gets so darn hairy if I want to ride her at all from October to May she needs at least a trace clip.
    05-02-2011, 04:28 PM
I agree with the others that say don't clip after december. My rule of thumb is don't clip after Christmas if you want a shiny summer coat.
    05-02-2011, 06:57 PM
...I clipped my guy in February and his summer coat has come in beautifully. Incredibly shiny and soft.

Generally if a horse will be in full work through the winter I'll clip in late October or November and then re-clip in January or February. Never had issues with summer coats coming in oddly.

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