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post #1 of 9 Old 07-14-2019, 04:30 PM Thread Starter
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Clipping grey

Hey everyone I have a grey (more like Snow White lol) horse with possible Cushing disease. He has a thicker hair coat that is not shedding out but it’s mid July. His nose tends to get sunburnt in the summer so I was wondering whether or not clipping him would be a good idea? He gets super sweaty and hot so I figured clipping him would be a good option. What are everyone’s thoughts? What type of clip would be best (if at all)? Keep in mind he is pretty much “white”
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post #2 of 9 Old 07-14-2019, 04:43 PM
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A grey horse has dark skin, even if the coat has lightened to the point of being "white." If your horse has a heavy coat and is uncomfortable, I would clip as much as possible.

This is only a trace clip, but you can see the dark skin:

Hope you can get your horse more comfortable!

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Personally it'd depend on flies etc. I wouldn't be happy about having mine clipped out in the fields as she is, after seeing the monstrous flies! If clipped, then a fly rug. But while they are great they are still an extra heat layer. I know one pony they didn't clip as above but they used a lower setting and went all over. The coat was more like a normal coat than a clipped one after, if that makes any sense? It wasn't a pretty job but it worked I guess. Bit unusual hah. Be curious to see what the others say :)
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Yes I do have a fly sheet available just don’t want to add extra heat onto him as we are getting a pretty brutal summer this year. And yes I am aware that the skin is darker but for this particular horse his skin is almost “pink-like”. I’m sorry if I’m incorrect about certain things, I am a fairly new horse owner.
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post #5 of 9 Old 07-15-2019, 12:16 PM
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I clip my grey Cushing's horse about once a month from spring through to late Fall because she sweats so much. It leaves her with a coat that isn't much less than a normal horse's summer coat and its constantly growing back
The Prascend has helped but not enough

She does have black skin though
The first week after she's been clipped I do put a fly sheet on her but then it comes off.
Even with a sheet she wouldn't be anywhere near as hot as she is with her Yak Coat

If your horse has pink skin then buy a sheet with UV protection and use sun block on the more exposed areas
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A fly sheet will help with the flies (no hair protection) as well as any sunburn risk. Do keep any sunburn areas (I assume his nose is pink skinned?) protected with sunscreen as well, but the sunburn risk of clipping vs not clipping is pretty minimal. I have a Cushings horse and when he gets clipped he wears a fly sheet as that hair DOES offer protection.
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What type of clip would you recommend ? Full body or something else?
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post #8 of 9 Old 07-18-2019, 01:04 AM
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As much as he needs, for a Cushings horse with a bad coat likely full body. Do you have a picture of him? My guy I did just his lower neck and belly once. Then a full clip (legs and everything). This year he shed out beautifully on his own (still longer then it should be but a nice thin summer coat!)
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post #9 of 9 Old 07-18-2019, 09:19 AM
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You can start with a trace clip like the picture showed and see if that gives enough relief while still also giving sunburn protection to the top-line and more prominently exposed areas of the body.

For me, it is not necessarily what clip {trace, full-body, modified...} that is critical, but what hair length is left so sunburning of the body if pink-skinned is kept to a potential minimum.

Depending upon the type of machine you are using will make a difference in what blades, the actual number which correlates with the length of coat left, are available for use.
If a large animal clipper, I have Oster Large Animal Clippers, I use general purpose blades #83/84 which is what came with my machine new.
I like the coat length left as the horses are not "scalped" in appearance, but retain enough coat you see a hint of skin only. There are several length blades available today no matter the brand manufacturer of these machines.

If a A5 style, the clip on/off blades...
You have a gray/white horse with pink skin would not be having me use #10 blades as that is to short, period. 1/16" of an inch of coat left to offer protection is just not enough to me.
T-84 blades leave 2.4mm, closest corresponding blade to that is a #7, and the "Wide-10" is the same coat length as a #10, to me to short.
I would use a #7, #5 or #3 blade myself.
These blades leave 1/8", a 1/4" or 1/2" of coat respectively on the animal...
You have to remember that no matter what blade you use, you will be removing length and bulk from the animal = desired relief to the animal from overheating.
The part you must remember is how much sun exposure and burn factor do you want to expose the animal to.
The longer the coat left, the less you need in way of artificial sheets with UVA/AVB protection etc or similar...
You may need to clip more often, but to me I would rather do more often than have a burnt horse.

If you decide to use any blade size other than #10, plan on ordering at least 2 blades, or sets of blades if large animal clippers so you can trade off and offer cool blades to the horse for their comfort while clipping.

Internet shopping can also save you a lot of $ and delivered to your door is a nice perk.

Horses are very sensitive to heat from friction of moving parts, dirt and hair trapped...often spray to lubricate and clean the blades or tip dipping in kerosene is needed with careful wipe off of residue done.
A clean, dry horse to start with will also make clipping a easier task...
I also cheat and use show sheen on the coat lightly brushed in to glide better the clipper when working.
Just some information shared for reference when making decisions what to do and how to do it...

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