For the last 10 or more years that I have been competitively involved in horses, I have always looked forward to that time of year when I get to take my clippers to a fuzzy body and reveal the svelte creature underneath. Though the process involves itching and picking tiny hairs off of clothing for the next few days, something about watching the hair come off is like an
OCD artistic outlet to me. The changing colors of the horse as the process goes on never gets old, and trust me, it’s the one thing that I think is more fun with a paint horse. Does anyone else feel this kind of sick fascination with clipping?
But this year, it’s hard to justify shaving the creature, given the low workload he’ll have. He’s not a huge sweater anyways, so I definitely don’t anticipate our 5 minutes of eventual trot to make for uncomfortable nights. My main aggravation with the winter coat, besides its poofiness (made-up word for the win?), is that my horse is a pig, and long hair makes for even more frustrating grooming sessions. Currying clods of mud from a half inch coat sounds a hell of a lot easier than picking strands of mud and muck from hairs twice that long.
For now, practicality and wanting to be kind to my horse will stop me from revving up the clippers. But come January, when the mud and nastiness will be at its worse, I don’t know that I’ll be able to say the same.
What are your plans for clipping? Anybody doing an especially artistic clip this year?