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post #11 of 32 Old 01-01-2013, 12:30 PM Thread Starter
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I mean I wouldn't be able to do any of that. I guess I would just show unclipped. I know I can, but I didn't know if they counted off for things like that or whatever.
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post #12 of 32 Old 01-01-2013, 12:54 PM
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Showing a horse that is not properly groomed and turned out is something that most judges find offensive. If you are going to show, and show at the breed level, then you need to do everything you can to present yourself and your horse in a professional manner.
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I would braid his mane and get a tail extension, and of course I would groom him well...I've never clipped a horse before and I don't own clippers, but I guess I could learn. The previous owners said my horse was great to clip and he didn't need a twitch for anything, even his ears. So that would help me out :)
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I'm really not trying to cut corners, clipping is just something I've never really had to think about.
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I would braid his mane and get a tail extension, and of course I would groom him well...I've never clipped a horse before and I don't own clippers, but I guess I could learn. The previous owners said my horse was great to clip and he didn't need a twitch for anything, even his ears. So that would help me out :)
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If you are considering showing at the breed show level, your best bet would be to pay for a professional clip job anyhow.
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I would just be showing at local breed shows. I would want my horse presentable but nothing too fancy, as I may not do it too often.
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Unclipped in a winter coat or poorly clipped by someone inexperienced with body clipping is not "presentable." Nothing to do with being fancy.
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I guess the bottom line is, I don't really want to clip my horse. I've seen horses at AQHA shows that were not clipped.
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Believe it or not, judges do remember horses and riders who stand out to them.

If you are going to step up to the breed show level, you need to do it all the way or don't do it at all. Do you want to be remembered by a judge as the kid who couldn't bother to clip her horse when you are trying to show "for real" down the line?
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I guess the bottom line is, I don't really want to clip my horse. I've seen horses at AQHA shows that were not clipped.
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Then the real bottom line is that you should not be showing until she sheds out.

A breed show is not the place to cut corners or to do things halfway just for fun.
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