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post #1 of 10 Old 12-28-2010, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
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Is clipping a MUST for the show?

Let me start first that I spend a YEAR trying to desensitize my qh to clip her ears with NO success. I can clip her muzzle, nose, and all around the head, but as long as you try to cut the hairs in ears - end of the show. I can touch those ears, pull hair with my fingers, move clipper all around the ears, she's fine. It's when you actually try to cut it. I tried 2 different clippers, I tried scissors, NOTHING works.

So my question is can I leave those ears alone for (dressage) shows? And if not, can I use the bonnet (is it legal)?
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Kitten, when I was showing (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), they preferred you to clip ears, but it wasn't a disqualifier. I imagine it's still the same way today. As long as you can get the hairs hanging out of the ears cut off, there's no reason to think you'll be disqualified.

I never surgically clipped Conny's ears. He would take a lot of things with good humor, but clipping inside his ears was something he wouldn't tolerate without twitching and doping, and I wasn't willing to put him through that for some silly human fad. We showed without the insides of his ears being clipped. We did just fine.
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Kitten, when I was showing (back when dinosaurs roamed the earth), they preferred you to clip ears, but it wasn't a disqualifier. I imagine it's still the same way today. As long as you can get the hairs hanging out of the ears cut off, there's no reason to think you'll be disqualified.

I never surgically clipped Conny's ears. He would take a lot of things with good humor, but clipping inside his ears was something he wouldn't tolerate without twitching and doping, and I wasn't willing to put him through that for some silly human fad. We showed without the insides of his ears being clipped. We did just fine.
Thank you, SR!

The problem is though I can't cut even those sticking out hairs... She goes bananas! And she's very tolerant towards lots of things unlike my paint (who's ears I clip BTW ), so I assume they are so sensitive that even a tiny pull hurts.

I was thinking about getting a bonnet may be (I know jumpers use it), but I'm not positive it's OK for dressage..
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I don't think bonnets are going to fly in dressage, but I could be wrong. I've never seen a dressage horse wearing one during a test.
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What she said... My horse does let me clip his ears but do youyYou know what I'll do when the vet comes out to float teeth? Clip. (he's drugged anyway - why not get the perfect clip while he's in la la land!!!)... lol...

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What she said... My horse does let me clip his ears but do youyYou know what I'll do when the vet comes out to float teeth? Clip. (he's drugged anyway - why not get the perfect clip while he's in la la land!!!)... lol...
I was thinking about doing it this time in fact (in March)! BUT the problem is they probably will grow back! I clip their muzzles every 2 weeks still have those whiskers growing back in no time.
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I've always been under the impression that bonnets are illegal for dressage - unless ok'ed by the judge (when bugs are REALLY bad). Never actually looked it up in the rules though, so don't quote me.

And having un-clipped ears is just fine at shows :)

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And having un-clipped ears is just fine at shows :)
Thanks, MB! I'm truly afraid I'll have to go this road (as sedating every time I want to clip is not a good way to go)... :(
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Nope, not the way you want to go at all... Beau won't let me clip him, ever. No matter how much I worked with him, when the clippers came his way he was convinced he was going to die a slow and painful death ;) So, I clip his whiskers with those purple horse razors & trim his ear tuffs, when they're long, with scissors, but other than that, he's a hairy beast for his dressage shows :)

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Nope, not the way you want to go at all... Beau won't let me clip him, ever. No matter how much I worked with him, when the clippers came his way he was convinced he was going to die a slow and painful death ;) So, I clip his whiskers with those purple horse razors & trim his ear tuffs, when they're long, with scissors, but other than that, he's a hairy beast for his dressage shows :)
Phew.... Glad (in good way) to know I'm not alone! I actually clip whiskers (and not only) with clippers - she hated that purple thing. It's all about ears. So I'll be working on scissors. Ha-ha!
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