Does it make any sense to clip a horse that has started to shed? Yes it does.
Clipping the shedding horse allows you to go to a show, clinic, or lesson without looking like a semi-fuzzy patchy wooly mammoth. Many horses don’t shed evenly, and you will have some super long areas and some summer coat looking areas. Not so consistent or attractive for the show ring. You will also reduce the amount of long hairs that tend to float everywhere and stick to you, your saddle, and your horse’s freshly painted hooves. Even though the days start to get longer after the winter solstice in December, some horses take their time getting started with the shedding process. A trip to the show ring might prompt you to clean up the yak factor by clipping all of that hair!
You may also want to clip the shedding horse because the days have become too warm. He’s fine in the cooler evenings with his coat, but during the day he’s sweating under that coat. The sweat is worse when you ride, he takes forever to dry, and there seems to be some sort of gross skin crud forming where he sweats.
The aftermath of a spring clipping.
You may also want to clip a shedding horse because the weather is super muddy from spring rains, and it’s just horrible to deal with shedding hair and mud. Maybe it’s too warm for a blanket during turnout in the mud, and waiting for your long haired horse to dry after a hose takes all day. Clipping the hair allows for a much faster grooming process, and if you do need to hit the wash stall, dry time is turbo fast.
Like a hot knife through shedding butter.
A few things to remember:
- You will still need to monitor weather. This included blanketing at night, during the rain, and maybe even some sun protection.
- You horse will still shed. It’s just the hairs will be much, much shorter. You may, or may not, be digging this.
- You may get requests from barn mates to clip their horse, too, because yours looks so spiffy!
The best clipped horses have super slick hair and fresh, sharp blades. For clipping tips, you can read this gem about preparing your horse for clipping.
Have you ever clipped a shedding horse?