My 10 month old filly has an extrememly long baby coat. It is getting matted around her neck,forearms and belly. Would it be okay to have her clipped if I keep her blanketed? Does anyone here clip their foals? Any tips? Thanks
oh...o.k...she just has huge matts on her neck and i have tried brushing them out with a plastic curry,but they won't budge they just make her look really dirty all the time..lol...but oh well.. when is the soonest clipping is ok?
Clipping a horse in no way affects its shedding cycle, just as cutting a mane does not make it grow faster or thicker, that is just myth.
The only thing that changes the shedding cycle is light. Once the winter coat is in place nothing will change it but light(aka seasonal changes). If you clip it it looks shorter but the hair is still there and sheds out like normal it just seems like there is less because you clipped most of it off.
If you want to clip, clip you wont be hurting anything or affecting any cycles.
I'd clip out the mats. I do end up clipping my yearlings in the summer, mini yearlings like to hang on to their immense coat even in the 110 degree weather lol! But I wouldn't do a body clip now as I hate to have to blanket if it's not necessary.
I can sympathize. My 11 month old colt has horrible matted in mud patches (he has a thing for rolling whenever the snow melts enough in the first mudhole he can find) I have thought a time or two about clipping, but ultimately decided I'm better off just sponging the mud off best I can and waiting for his spring shed to get here. Shouldn't be too much longer!
I wouldn't do a total body clip on her, but it won't hurt her to have the mats cut out. Just make sure she is okay with the clippers. Even though they are little, getting cow kicked by a weanling because they object to you touching their belly with a loud tickly thing still hurts....