You don’t want to draw attention to any imperfect conformation points, or even create ones that don’t actually exist. For instance, some competitors will clip a horse’s leg so close, they look as if they have been shaved, and this can give the impression that the horse has less bone than it actually has!
The right clippers and the right techniques make it much easier to keep your horse smart and comfortable. If you are inexperienced and have a similarly inexperienced or difficult horse, you may be better paying a professional clipper to do it for you, at least on the first occasion.
On our yard, horses which are being shown will be fully clipped except for their legs- which will be trimmed- and a small saddle patch. Some people don’t bother with a saddle patch, but I think it helps to protect the weight-bearing area of the back.
If you are lucky enough to have qualified and are competing at HOYS this year, and particularly if it’s your first time there, you may be worrying about how to keep your horse’s coat in tip top condition and from growing too long too quickly.
It’s getting to the winter woolly time of year for our horses and ponies. If they can keep their natural coats for the duration of the winter, then clippers won’t be needed. However, those that are kept fit and in work during the winter months will almost certainly be clipped several times during the winter season.
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