So: I knew without question that I was going to clip Tristan for this season. Then I dragged my heels, shockingly enough.
Then, on Monday, it was warm. Tristan was huffing and puffing and sweaty after just 30 minutes of relatively light work. (Granted, some of that was because he insisted on flailing around, crowhopping, and trying to pull me toward the jumps in the ring at a dead gallop, so it was kind of his fault. 20 years old, huh?)
It was time. So I pulled out the clippers.
Let me just state at the outset that I am like your model of What Not To Do. I had no intention of bathing my horse - it's November in Vermont, you have got to be kidding me. I own clippers that are a good example of what they are, but are classified as "ear and nose trimmers" so yeah not exactly your fancy $400 body clippers.
I was also too lazy to get an extension cord so I, um, stood on his lead rope to keep him in one place. DON'T BE LIKE ME, INTERNET. Your caveat here is that I know this horse intimately, he is solid for clipping (he was antsy last night because it was dinnertime) and I did actually position myself so I could duck into an empty area off the aisle if he decided to snark about it.
I aimed for a very light trace clip, and used the 0 blade cover. I think I have some more to do, but I will live with this for a week and then update it next week.
...wow I didn't realize how bad those lines were until just now. sigh.
So there you have it. First clip of the season is out of the way.
I am very seriously considering some kind of My Little Pony style clip on his butt when I expand his current clip. It would need to be some kind of geeky symbol. Suggestions welcome, keeping in mind that I possess exactly zero artistic talent and would need to use a stencil.