Personally, I've never clipped my own horse before. Bc HAHA trick question, I've never had my own horse before lol. But now I do and he's allllll mine to play with his hair as much as I want. So there. Muahaha. (Yup, still feelin like a 12 yr old over here).
|i think it suits him!|
Mostly tho, he just, ya know. Sweats.
|clip doesn't make him look all that much skinnier either!|
And since the season is upon us of overnight temperatures dipping into sheet or blanket territory, I've been dealing with that all-too-familiar situation of trying to dry my horse off before blanketing him for turnout.
|new (to him) medium weight blanket! a little long but fits better around than expected! charlie obviously equates blanketing with nap time haha|
It's basically all mental at this point, with the physical stuff being purposeful enough to help him build the right muscles, but still light enough for him to let go of the undesired racing muscles.
|charlie always draws a crowd bc he's so stinkin cuddly lol. the barn managers tell me that sometimes they just pop into his stall for snuggle and hug breaks lol|
The farm where I learned to ride was fairly aggressively utilitarian (see, I got it from somewhere!) and would strictly clip what amounted to a square on the chest, and a rectangle where the flank met the hind limb - just the most minimal area to clip while still achieving the purpose of helping quick-dry sweaty spots.
These were obviously not clips meant to be beautiful, lol. But it got the job done!
|call me biased but i also think he's a nice color clipped too - not too ashy or gray looking|
Which..... may explain why I opted to consign the task to one of the barn mgrs haha. And she did a LOVELY job, plus had nothing but nice things to say about Charlie afterward. The staff already liked the guy, but they maybe haven't spent a lot of one-on-one time with him.
|dapper derp is dapper|
This horse, guys. He's by nature just a good spirit. But you can also really tell that so much of his behavior is a testament to his race training program. Charlie's manners are close to flawless, and he trusts without reservation. He has clearly been both loved, and taught civility.
Personally I would have preferred the ears be left fuzzy. But whatever, I had basically just gestured and made noises and pointed when I tried to describe the clip pattern I wanted (bc I don't know what any of the patterns are called lol), and she turned it into a very exact reality. The ear hair will grow back soon enough!
For now I'm just gonna enjoy the perma-dry neck hair and his handsomely clean-cut face ;)
What about you? How do you decide what and when to clip? Is it mostly a matter of aesthetic preferences to you? Or do you have specific reasons for choosing particular patterns? Does it vary from horse to horse? And do you clip yourself or hire out the task?