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Piaffe 01-12-2013 01:07 PM

Clipping a weanling/coming yearling?...
 
No...not right now :) But my fillies are 7 months old. I was thinking about clipping them this spring (maybe around April/May). Who has clipped a weanling/yearling? Does it affect the growing of their coat later in anyway? If I clipped them they would be stalled/blanketed of course. I need them looking their bests and although they have beautiful soft thick winter coats...they look like little wooly mammoths:wink: Pros and cons? Thanks!

faye 01-12-2013 02:35 PM

why on earth would you possibly need to clip a yearling? they are not in anywork (or should not be!!) and if you just want them shiney stick a rug with a nylon lining on them.

Ashleysmardigrasgirl 01-12-2013 03:55 PM

I agree with faye... If you REALLY need them looking "their best" you ought to brush them regularly if you don't already and get their coat oils going all over their coat; by the time spring comes they'll shed out a sleek, shinny, healthy coat. Even my super hairy gypsy horse sheds to a sleek summer coat... Minus some super long areas of belly, butt, neck, and chin hair that just sheds thinner in the summertime LOL...

Piaffe 01-12-2013 03:58 PM

Inspections Faye. I wanted to clip in spring so I can start conditioning them lightly. I thought it might be more ideal to just clip than deal with shedding uneven thick foal coats. Like I said...they would be fully blanketed and in a barn. I would probably wait until mid-late spring so it shouldn't be very cold by then anyways. So any pros and cons from people that have clipped their babies? Thank you

Piaffe 01-12-2013 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by Ashleysmardigrasgirl (Post 1841041)
I agree with faye... If you REALLY need them looking "their best" you ought to brush them regularly if you don't already and get their coat oils going all over their coat; by the time spring comes they'll shed out a sleek, shinny, healthy coat. Even my super hairy gypsy horse sheds to a sleek summer coat... Minus some super long areas of belly, butt, neck, and chin hair that just sheds thinner in the summertime LOL...


They get brushed everyday and already have glossy soft winter coats. That isn't what I meant :) But thanks

Endiku 01-12-2013 04:52 PM

I plan on clipping my weanling filly in April or so as well so I don't have to deal with the rediculous shedding and so that I can do some light classes with her at the local rodeo (in hand of course). In Texas the horses dont shed out fast enough to keep up with our weather so its something we do often. We clip almost all of our miniature horse foals at 6-7 months old and clip them from the neck up during the winter because we do show them and it is the customary thing to do.It also helps you see how 'refined' they might turn out, since all minis honestly look like hobo horses with their fuzzies. Real buyers are less willing to take you seriously if you hand over a wooly mammoth for their inspection, as opposed to a sleek, well turned out yearling. We've never had their hair grow back funny or anything. I would go ahead and do it and just blanket them lightly as needed if you think it will help.

Piaffe 01-12-2013 05:00 PM

Thanks Endiku!! I'm planning on at least marketing one as a yearling if not both. I suspected potential buyers would prefer to see them sleek and shiny rather than as (although adorable) poof balls. I'm glad the coat growing didn't seem affected. I'll probably post pics in a few months then of some slicked up yearlings :) Thanks again..and good luck with your own clipping..those minis have thick coats!!

Endiku 01-12-2013 05:11 PM

They sure do! xD I've killed more than one clippers on mini coats, and my filly's is going to be HORRIBLE. She was born very late (september) and never had the chance to thin out her foal coat before going straight into winter fuzzies, so she has like a triple coat. Its the longest I've ever seen on even a mini. I expect it to take a good 5 hours to get through it all!

Good luck to you too. Its always fun doing that 'first clipping' xD the product is always neat though!


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