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post #21 of 47 Old 09-25-2014, 08:04 PM
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The first time I clipped was early this year (yes, while she was in the middle of shedding out. BTW her coat grew back fine-no issues at all) and my BO went kinda nuts on me. Of course, that was after I quit being a flag carrier for a rodeo queen court (which she pushed me into doing and then denied it later. To be honest, I hate western riding and my horse didn't care much for flag carrying). Then she kicked me out when I started blanketing my horse (called my mother up at 6 in the morning on a Sunday yelling at her about me blanketing my horse). God provided and we had our horses out of there the same day. I had been worried because I had gone out to the barn in the middle of the day a few times and found my horse's water empty-just my horse none of the others.

Yup, I'm loving having my horses at home. I can play the radio loud so I can hear it while riding or doing liberty work or whatever. I can clip and blanket and use what fly spray I want and ride sideways and teach my horse tricks and do anything I want without the criticism or judgement of others.

Sorry, verona1016's comment about her boarding stable sent me off on a tangent. I was just expressing how I've had enough of boarding stables anyway I'm looking forward to easy care and cleanup of my horse this winter.
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True but i would like to trim. Blanketing is not an easy option. There are at least 2-3 days i CANT get to the barn at all, and about 2 of the days i can is in the afternoon. so blanketing becomes an issue. Its not cold enough to leave on on her all day. At night yes, but with days in the 50 and 60s leaving a blanket on is not fair to her.
I dont mind trimming the hair, even its its once a month. I clip her bridal path anyway and trim up her legs in the winter, whats another 30 min? When we ride in the winter its to chilly to hose her off, but she is drenched in sweat where the saddle and girth was. all the brushing in the world dose not help and if i leave sweat on her for too long her hair starts to fall out -_-'.
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Kiger...thought on your blade choice....

Go to any catalog/web site and look at the "large animal clippers for horses" and the blades they use.
The hair length left after clipping is usually somewhere mentioned in that blurb. I would then figure a way to get that length.
If you're up to clipping several times and your clippers last and hold out.... could be a lot of work but worth it if it makes your horse happier.

There is a A5 clip on blade, wider cut and longer length for this purpose...I don't remember the number though unfortunately...but if you want you could find it....

Good luck.

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post #24 of 47 Old 09-26-2014, 09:18 AM
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If I were you I would leave her legs on. Clipping the legs won't help with much and those legs actually help keep her warm. You could try a bib clip. I think that would leave enough hair on to where you wouldn't need to blanket her.

Here is a useful website with the different types of clips:

The different types of horse clip
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True but i would like to trim. Blanketing is not an easy option. There are at least 2-3 days i CANT get to the barn at all, and about 2 of the days i can is in the afternoon. so blanketing becomes an issue. Its not cold enough to leave on on her all day. At night yes, but with days in the 50 and 60s leaving a blanket on is not fair to her.
I dont mind trimming the hair, even its its once a month. I clip her bridal path anyway and trim up her legs in the winter, whats another 30 min? When we ride in the winter its to chilly to hose her off, but she is drenched in sweat where the saddle and girth was. all the brushing in the world dose not help and if i leave sweat on her for too long her hair starts to fall out -_-'.
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I wouldn't bother with the legs either.
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I dont clip the legs short. just the wild hair on the fetlock and back of the cannons. IT helps her not look like a draft and more like an arab XD!
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If you clip her right out now her hair will still grow back enough for her to maybe not need a blanket unless its really cold
When I clip for hunting or competing indoors I have to do them between now and the end of October depending on how fast they grow a coat and then they need doing again by the end of December
My only thought for just reducing the coat would be to use the dog clippers with the plastic grading attachments you clip on
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Yes I understand there are shorter then a #10 blade but I groom dogs and #10 is the shortest we will use on an animal leaves hair but very minimum!
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post #30 of 47 Old 09-27-2014, 08:44 PM
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Just don't feel #10 is bald. However it is short, and you obviously know how short, so if it's shorter than you want that's all that matters.

However I guarantee it will grow back VERY quickly and that if you do it now (which I think you should) it would be worthwhile to do the 10. When winter hits she should be about normal and not need anything special haha.

(I realized that is was kimberly and not the OP posting as I typed but left it as my comments still apply lol)

Leg comment was for when you clip.

Mmmm my boyfriend has clippers with plastic attachments for people hair. They get pretty big.. lemme check.. The biggest one (in theory) leaves an inch. Idk if that would work or not (we never use them lol) but they were cheap(they may not stand up to body clipping though).

Again with my above point though, if you "half" clip her then it will grow back much faster (if it works), whereas if you use a 10 or so now (or when she starts getting fuzzy) you can only clip her once and have her at a normal length "full coat" during the winter and not worry about it aside from the initial clipping. As opposed to a scraggly horse you're constantly clipping and worrying about. Up to you but I know what I would do LOL
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