hunter clippings during halter/showmanship?

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    07-05-2011, 10:44 PM
hunter clippings during halter/showmanship?

Today my friend asked me to shave her (fluffy) pony before a show they have coming up. She requested the hunter style clipping, because they ride hunter. This includes leaving the legs and the saddle area unclipped. Before I started, I asked her if she dropped her halter and showmanship classes, and she said no. We argued for quite sometime over this, so I figured I oughta get other peoples input! Would she be placed lower due to having a hunter style clipping instead of just shaving it all? I already clipped it in hunter style, but I still have time to go back and shave the rest off before the show.
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    07-06-2011, 10:39 AM
Green Broke
It's summer. Why not shave it all off? Regardless of the classes I think she'll look goofy with any hair while all the others are slick.
    07-06-2011, 11:49 AM
Well, her horse is a pasture horse, so you keep the leg hair to protect him, and the saddle area hair to protect from the saddle rubbing, although that shouldn't be a problem when you use saddle pads. Would she get placed lower though?
    07-06-2011, 11:52 AM
Green Broke
Lots of horses get completely shaved, and are perfectly fine in their fields and do not get saddle rubs.

If you think about it, if the horse was getting rubs, the hair comes off no matter what length it is, and most likely means a poor fitting saddle. That fluff isn't going to make any difference.
    07-06-2011, 12:08 PM
Anybody have an answer to my question? I'm on your side, but the main thing me and her were argueing was whether or not it would affect her halter or showmanship scores. I told her it would, she said it wouldn't. Anybody know?
    07-06-2011, 01:20 PM
No, she won't. Well, she shouldn't anyway. That's not to say that it's pretty much up to the judge, but they shouldn't be judging the horse's clipping pattern. As long as all the right things are clipped, the body itself doesn't matter as much.
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    07-06-2011, 02:16 PM
Okay, cool. Thanks!

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