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post #1 of 8 Old 06-03-2020, 05:54 PM Thread Starter
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Advice needed for Clipping Cushing's Mini!

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I have a miniature horse who was diagnosed with Cushings about a month and a half ago. Summer heat came on fast (over 100 degrees the last 3 days!) and I feel so bad that he still hasn't shed out the rest of his coat. He is getting repeat blood work to zero-in on the right pergolide dose, but for now I am planning on clipping him. I did a tester patch under his mane to see if he will be cooperative and found that my clippers (I usually use them on pigs and dogs) cuts his hair SHORT (he turns chestnut to pretty white... picture attached). His hair looks super patchy right now because some areas he scratched out, which allowed new, dark, shinny hair to grow in and some areas are still super fluffy from winter. I want all of it to grow in evenly, so I am planning on doing a full body clip.

So my questions are: How long will it take his coat to grow back? and Should I use a clipper guard so that it doesn't get as short, or would it not grow in evenly?

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Your fotos arenít showing:(

If you clip him, in the true sense, he should have a fly sheet. Fly sheets are generally white and supposedly deter horse flies.

I did not clip my Cushings horse in the true sense. I trimmed him and I was careful to glide the clippers along so they only grabbed the excess hair <óóthatís a lousy job of explaining:(

This was the first trim in early spring. He also has a fractured sacrum; the hair grows thick around the fracture - natures way of protecting it I guess but thatís why the hair trim looks so wonky back there.

I didnít have to trim all of him. You can still see a patch of hair on his barrel, which came off by itself. I trimmed his arm pits, his flank areas, his belly line, his nether hair, and his jowel hair. I did NOT trim his whiskers as those are a horseís feelers:)
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Thank you for your reply, walkinthewalk. I already purchased him a white flysheet with UV protection and have sunblock to use on him.

His hair isn't just long, its THICK and dense, so I'm not sure if just cutting it shorter will help much with keeping him cool or resolving the patchiness... I guess that's what I'm asking though! I'll try attaching the photos again so you can see the patchiness that I'm talking about

Your horse is beautiful, by the way :)

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Thank you:) Joker is my ďSweetie BoyĒ and he knows thatís his other name, lol

My friendís Cushings horse had hair like you describe ó My Joker has not got to that point yet.

She body clipped him, and had to do that in the spring and again in August:(

Itís great you have the fly sheet because it sounds as if he needs a full nose-to-tail crew cut.

Also, if you would like ďone more thingĒ to do, lollol, Chop up watermelon AND the rind and put it in his feed pan to help cool him down. You can mix it right into his supplements, as long as he likes watermelon:)

The melon and the rind are high in L-Citrulline which is an amino acid that converts to L-Arginine in the body. It may help with muscle waste. I originally started feeding it at the suggestion of my lameness vet to help cool Joker down. When I researched it, was when I discovered it is full of L-Citrulline and the benefits that has in human Type II diabetics.

I just put both of my horses back on chopped (small bite size) melon & rind because of the heat. And boy is it ever sweet, lollol

They are both 1,100 pounds plus. I start them at 1/2 measure cup twice daily and will work that to one full measure cup twice daily.

Technically you can feed your Mini that much, provided it does not give him loose manure:)
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He LOVES watermelon, but I had no idea about it's benefits! I'll start adding that more regularly!

I'll try one last thing to attach the photos.... Not sure why none of these are working : /

I did a light trim today like you suggested earlier... Actually went better than I expected! I don't have the best track record with animal hair cuts&#x1f602;. He probably feels a little better, but his hair looks very splotchy because the old winter coat is probably 8 shades lighter than his new summer coat

I'm going to see if how fast his hair grows in from the shaved patch under her mane, and use that to determine whether I should clip his whole body that short (I have a fly sheet and sunblock, but I don't want to be struggling with preventing burns for the rest of the summer if his hair grows slow).

Thank you!
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I can see the pictures!

Iím not good at explaining but:

You could get away without the fly sheet IF you can manage to glide the clippers under most of the winter hair, without shaving the new hair. Thatís what I did with Joker, where I needed to.

Your Miniís neck and shoulders are already nicely shed out - use that as the guide. If you can manage to get the clippers between that new layer of hair and the old (top) layer, you may not have to shave clear down like you did the patch on the neck.

Yes that old, winter Cushings hair is tough - if my friend didnít burn out her old, big clippers on her Cushings horse, she came close.

If you clip him clear down, the hair wonít grow back fast enough to get away with not putting the fly sheet in him - especially this time of year. Better safe than sorry:)

If a neck cover came with the fly sheet, you could also braid his mane to help keep him cool under the neck cover. He has a beautiful mane:)

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I'm glad that you can see the pictures! This is the haircut that I gave him (at least for now) based on your advice... I feel like it went pretty well!

He is normally skittish about everything, so I was pleasantly surprised that he actually seemed to enjoy being clipped! He just stood completly still, without a halter or rope and let me slowly clip him for about two hours &#x1f632;

I took the underneath of his belly very short and was able to keep his top and side hair about the same length as the hair on his neck

I might end up taking it shorter, but I'm happy with it for now!

I braid his hair daily (he is spoiled &#x1f60a;) and he has a neck extension to his fly sheet, but we don't have too bad of flys (yet), so I haven't used it

Thank you for your help!
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You did a GREAT clip job Thank you for figuring out what I was trying to convey

It sounds like he has already developed a big trust in you, to stand for all that time without a halter or a rope

Yes, he has to feel a whole lot better without all that hair

I clipped Joker short on his belly line, as well. Be sure to check your Mini daily for midge fly bites along his belly line. That is their favorite place to dig in and their bites can cause horrible itching allergic reactions to some horses.

Joker isnít bothered but my other horse is. The other horse will bite himself raw so itís a constant battle. I switch up the topicals once a week or so, then I spray his belly with fly spray.

That all helps but once Rusty bites himself to where he breaks the skin open, it becomes a battle to get the spot healed

Anyway, your fella looks great. I know he is very thankful and much cooler

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