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post #1 of 47 Old 09-24-2014, 06:50 AM Thread Starter
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Clipping question.

My arab mare grows the winter coat from hell every winter. Her coat could withstand -20F winters. Sadly for her we are lucky if it droops blow 30F. The highs in the winter are around 60-50F with so the winter coat from hell is quite unpleasant for her (and me grooming wise).She wll sweat just sitting in her stall because of too much hair. I blanketed her last winter and it worked. she still had a winter coat but it was not mammoth hair. She was not overheating and she was quite happy. I would like to forgo the blanket this year because i cant get out everyday to put it on or take it off (she also put a lovely horse head sized hole in her blanket so i need a new one).

So after working in the pet salon i though maybe i could "trim" that crazy hair to a more "normal" winter length. Would that work? what size blade would i need? I only have a 10 and thats WAY too short.
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Have you checked her for cushiness or some related disease that causes hair growth?
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I agree it sounds like you may have a some type of metabolic issue happening....

That said....
Any blade you use to clip isn't going to leave hair much longer than a #10.....
The rule of thumb is the lower the number the longer the hair left on the body.
There are adjustable combs you can add on but have no idea how well they work or how much more length you will keep.
Have you considered having someone with large animal clippers clip her...they are the right length usually and consistent in the cut and look...
It is only September... although getting colder, depending upon where you are you might be able to clip her now...fully body clip her and leave her to grow in her coat as the weather is still milder...
She would have some time to acclimate, but you must watch very carefully and give her protection from wind and rain if she is turned out...she will have no defenses left clipping all her hair away.

I would though first before touching her with clippers get the vet out to look at her and check thoroughly for metabolic issues....
At the least call and consult with your vet.
It isn't normal that a horse have such a coat that they are suffering the effects of it like you describe...

Best of luck with her.
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She dose NOT have any signs of crushing. no curly hair, no weird shedding. She just like to over dress. she has been this way for 5 years and she would have more issue by now if she did have cushings. She gets like 1 1/2 in hair. was thinking possibly something that could take half of that maybe.

Lucky for me she is fine with clippers. could really care less what i do with them. She has not started growing a coat yet, she should have one by next month though. its still in in the low 100s (today is 104 with a low of 79). I might luck out this year and her have a normal coat.

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Thyroid problems and IRS can also cause a horse to have an abnormally long coat so worth a blood test
Otherwise maybe you could give her a trace or blanket clip and throw a blanket over her on days she feels cold?
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Instead of clipping you could gets snuggy hood blanket. It can be on 24/7, not too warm, and it's snug so the winter coat doesn't really grow!
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Can you put a light in her stall? Do some kind of keeping her "under lights"-type deal?

It's technically the daylight hours her body receives that dictate how much of winter coat she grows - not temperature. A winter coat may feel shorter if the horse has been wearing a blanket, but that's because the coat isn't lofted like it would be after being exposed to "the elements."

I might be inclined to check her eyesight as well as thyroid, etc, function. This is just a weird theory I have, but my mare Lacey grew a longer winter coat each year as her vision gradually worsened from ERU. They could be completely unrelated since she was IR and probably Cushingoid, but it seemed to worsen with her eyesight.
Just a, probably unfounded, theory.

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^Interesting theory!

Just body clip. Don't try to clip it shorter while still leaving length. This will be MUCH MUCH harder and will quite likely come out terribly and you will end up clipping it anyways.

I completely agree with just getting a longish blade (say a 10) and body clipping her now, or once she starts getting fuzzy but while it's still warm. You would probably be all set that way. You could probably get away with leaving the head and legs but do what you think is best.

Along with your other threads it sounds like there are many issues, probably mostly related. I know you have a shortage of good vets, but I agree if she THAT furry something is up. Yes, some grow more others grow less but she should be at least somewhat adjusted to the climate.

I am surprised she did not overheat with a blanket on. I would not do that.
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She dose have an ovary issue causing her to be a uncontrollable nutcase from march to September (she is a danger to herself at times then me, someone thought she had eaten loco weed but she has a cycle that i just confirmed this week). Sooo lights wont work, also BO would charge me an extra $100 a month for the light.
The blanket issue is more getting someone to take it off on the days i cant get out to her. I could probably get SOMEONE to do it but if i have my fiance do it she would go a day or two without -_-'. Or she would get to sit in it all day.

I want to get a blood test anyway for her but it all boils down to cash and that i do not have an abundance of at the moment. I am already looking at $200 for getting two horses teeth done.
Her eyes are better than mine lol. she can spot a person walking over half a mile away at the base of the mountain we are hiking (she has to spot and snort at EVERY human on the trail -_-'). I was worried about moon blindness because she was tearing alot this summer, tours out she is just allergic to every flower pollen we have here (same here so i feel her pain).
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I have a 10 blade and that's what i use to shave her bridle path and roach the paint's mane. In the salon its what we use to shave a dog mostly bald. I dont think i want it THAT short. Maybe like a 8 or a 7. Idk im not a groomer, I just bathe the dogs lol. I was thinking of doing a trace clip but some people are expecting a COLD winter. I dont think so as its still in the 100s...
I started blanketing early like the first week it hit a low of 40. She was fine and it stopped her fur growing crazy. She was also starved the first winter i had her (long story, bad boarding place) so that may contribute. It was better last year but i want to be prepared this year. Winter is our riding season so fuzzy horse + lots of work = not a happy pony.
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