I have a question for people who show APHA PtHA or AQHA
I have a Pinto and i'm starting the pinto circuit in three weeks. I kept heavy blankets on my horse every time it got under 70 degrees this winter and light ones on him 24/7 (we live in Florida) but it did NOTHING for him. His coat is very shiny because he is always on supplements but he is so shaggy.
My question is, can i shave him? I always did show jumping and hunter jumper open shows where clipping year round is expected at the "A" shows. But my showmanship trainer who i'm working with weekly for the past four weeks (who is also a judge) is against it for some reason.
I feel really bad thinking of going in the ring with my horse this shaggy and it's been hell cooling him off lately so he doesn't catch a chill. :-|
Why lights 24/7? That is bizarre. They don't need to on all the time to keep hair off. And I hope you weren't really blanketing heavily when it was under 70 degrees.
There isn't a rule against body clipping, it just isn't common.
Light blankets 24/7 because it's been in the seventies most days lately. No i don't put a heavy blanket on until its in the 50's.
So i won't get marked down for shaving him? I'm going to do it a week and a half before the show so it can grow a small bit.
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.
Ah, my mistake. I read that as lights. Blankets aren't going to keep hair off, you need to keep your horse under lights for that.
Regardless of if you leave him hairy or body clip, you are going to "stick out" either way. Pick your poison. I'd just clip him.
I guess I'll just clip tomorrow after the lesson so that's two weeks and a day before the show. I'm pretty good at clipping but i want him to look perfect so i'm taking my time. This is going to take like five hours my hands hurt just thinking about it...
To be completely honest, even in the summer here he just doesn't have a nice coat unless i shave him, it's gotta be genetics.
If you are showing at a breed level show, I would say pay a professional to clip him rather than have an "ok" job.
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