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post #11 of 47 Old 09-25-2014, 01:35 AM
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Glad to hear you're starting to figure out some of the issues. (Not sure what that has to do with lights though but I don't think they are a good option here anyways)

Lower would be fine, but I've never seen lower. 10s are pretty common, so I'd just do it. It's really not that short at the end of the day and grows back fast :)

I wouldn't bother with a trace from the sound of things but it would be an option. Sounds like she just needs less hair overall.

If she's fuzzy now just clip her now and by the time it drops she will have plenty of hair. You won't need to worry about a trace clip or anything.
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The lights are a no because with longer days come more heats. and its during the spring and summer she is a basket case. So i dont want to trick her body into thinking its still summer lol! I just was able to start riding her again.
She has not grown anything as of yet. Her color is changing but its still normal length. She started shedding this week though so that might change.

The lower the number the LONGER the hair will be. So if 10 was to the skin, then a 5 would be a inch of hair ( i think, it might be a half inch). I dont mind some fuzzy, jut not crazy fuzzy.
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post #13 of 47 Old 09-25-2014, 12:51 PM
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Ahh, got it. Didn't make that association with longer days also= more heats= more mare time lol.

Yes, I know lower longer/shorter closer. Just saying 10 is a pretty standard number and I would not at all consider it too short for body clipping, nor would I consider it "bald". If you would prefer lower and can find it go for it. I'd just stick with a 10 personally, it will grow back very quickly :). I'm afraid with a longer clip you would end up back where you started.
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Re. the Cushings - My vet was convinced Willow had it a couple of years back yet tests came back negative (just a very low thyroid) but he still sent one off this year because we couldn't get it out of our heads and this time it came back positive.
I now have her on pergolide and already her coat is more normal - the last two years she's had a coat like a polar bear by the end of August and her summer coat was looking more like an average horses winter coat so I was having to clip her all the time
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No one thinks she hascushing that can see here daily. She only has crazy winter hair. She has no curly or wavy hair ethier.
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My mare doesn't have curly or wavy hair either - just very long, thicker than normal hair.
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My horse gets thick winter hair as well (I blame it on the mustang in her). It's not abnormal, in look or length, just a little thicker than most horses out here. It's cute the first month, then it is just plain annoying

Kigerqueen, I feel your pain. Our riding season is plagued by hair trouble. Because I do jumping, liberty work, basic dressage, and other strenuous work with my horse, I will be giving her a full body clip this winter, leaving head and legs alone. However, I will be hiring a groomer to come out and do the initial clip after she fully grows that winter coat. I'm not experienced or confident enough to do it myself.

If I were you, I would try a trace, irish, or other kind of partial clip. That should help your horse, and seeing as how you are already a dog groomer I think you could do it

Forgot to add, as you said you will still have to blanket which is a hassle when your horses aren't at home like mine are. But I think there are clips where you can leave them without blankets, as you only clip a small area. Hey more experienced clippers care to chime in on this verdict?
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I did a low trace clip last winter (my first time body clipping!) and though the advice I got was that I didn't really need to blanket him, it was a colder than average winter and I ended up doing it anyway. It was a big pain, since the barn I was at supposedly did blanketing, but in practice it really didn't happen. I did love how my horse no longer turned into a sweaty ball of fur after jumping, so at least that worked out like I was hoping!

This year I think I'll be more conservative and just clip as much as is absolutely necessary, starting with his neck & chest and clipping more if he's still getting sweaty.

I do like the idea of a blade that leaves hair longer than the #10. I know #10 is standard for body clipping, but still... You can always try a lower number blade or guide comb first and re-clip if it doesn't turn out well. If you do, let us know how it goes
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10 blade is the next step from bald.. wouldn't go with that one!!!

Now that my TB Amy is health this winter I think I might have to clip her her hair is already getting thick and I live in Florida definitely not cold yet or any time soon...
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10 blade is the next step from bald.. wouldn't go with that one!!!

Now that my TB Amy is health this winter I think I might have to clip her her hair is already getting thick and I live in Florida definitely not cold yet or any time soon...
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Not really. I mean compared to not clipping, sure, but a surgical blade is next to bald. That's when you get down to #40 and #50. #10 is nothing - you can still grab hair at that length.
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