dressage, Full Body Clip, Grooming

Micah’s Fall Haircut

Much as I hated to do it, I gave Micah another trim last week. I’d just body-clipped him in August, prior to going to Adult Amateur camp. That clip was a necessity as temps were in the 90’s and Micah had put on a dense coat in response to a few unseasonably cold summer nights.

Partway through the clip, I make a change of plan. Much as I love the elegance of a full-body clip, I decide to keep hair under the saddle area and across the back.

Partway through the clip, I make a change of plan. Much as I love the elegance of a full-body clip, I decide to keep hair under the saddle area and across the back.


Less than two months later, Micah was again winter-ready and sweating heavily during our regular rides. I got out my clippers with every intention of doing another full body clip — and then reconsidered.
Much as I love the elegance of a full body clip, I hate worrying about whether or not my horse is properly clothed for the conditions. Here in Central Oregon temps can fluctuate wildly from night to day and even throughout the day. When I’ve had horses at home I could change blankets as needed, but I can’t expect a boarded horse to be fussed over as frequently. It’s just not feasible.
In winters past I’ve done trace clips to keep Micah cool yet provide warmth and protection where he needs it. But I have to admit he looks awfully rough around the edges with this cut, since his hair gets so long and dense.
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This year I decided on a compromise. I removed the hair from the neck and shoulder area, where Micah sweats, yet left hair under the saddle area and over the back — like a quarter sheet. I’m calling this the Quarter Clip. Next week I’ll post a picture of the finished cut.
Here’s hoping this cut works out for us. If not, I’ll sure I’ll have the chance to try again in another two months.
May your summer to fall transition find you happy and well!