01-10-2013, 05:03 PM
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Nix the slinky, only put the blanket on him if you've put on the lights and he's started shedding out. If he has hair, he has hair and will likely be too hot if you throw a blanket on him all day at this point. They usually shed out around March/April anyway, so you might be close depending on if you get lights up.
Otherwise, if you do full body clip, I would suggest hiring someone about 6-8 weeks before the show, if I remember right. That gives the hair enough time to grow back in smooth, get rid of the lines, and condition itself. Never body clip right before a show because the hair will be brittle, dull, and the clipper lines might be evident unless you are a pro...
I'm going to my first halter class in March. I don't plan on doing the futurity halter classes though, the halter yearling will swallow my horse alive. Most shows don't start offering LL and IHT until late spring/early summer. I don't know how it is in your area, but in Texas we have to wait until May/June and then hop up to Pinto Worlds in July... But by then at least they will be fully slicked down.