I always try to clip about 3 weeks before a show and just touch up whiskers, ears, eyes, fetlocks and coronary band area the night before the show. Three weeks gives you time to have the hair grow back out a little and even up any place that might have been a little uneven. It also gives time for the ends of the hair to kind of round off a bit, not so tapered or blunt as when you freshly clip them.
I've run into the prejudice at Pinto/Paint venues that clipping ruins the coat but if you give it a few weeks to grow back, I've never been marked down.
You really only need lights on for about 16 out of 24 hrs, you don't need 24/7. When I'm cycling a mare early in the year, I make sure I have lights on a timer to come on about 4 pm and go off about 11 p.m. That presumes daylight from 7 a.m. and gives just enough to thin the coat out and gets the girls to cycle.
Last edited by Dreamcatcher Arabians; 12-27-2012 at 09:49 PM.