You have all talked me down from the clipping ledge many times before.
So here I return, to ask further questions.
I'm seeing a lot of people doing spring clips to get ahead of shedding. It's warming up more quickly here in Vermont than I anticipated, and I'm holding back a bit on my rides because it's warm enough to sweat with hard work but not yet warm enough to rinse horses off.
remnants of winter's clip
So I find myself pondering a spring clip, to take out the winter fuzz and get us to the endpoint faster.
Realistically, I can't accomplish this for another couple of weeks, so it may all be beside the point.
But what should I keep in mind when thinking about doing a spring clip?
Is there such a thing as too late to do it? How about too early? (He's still wearing his sheet and we will continue to have a frost threat overnight until late May.)
Is there a setting I should use on the clippers - perhaps not go as close? Use different blades? (Pretend I'm stupid, and educate me in small words.)
Is it even worth it? Should I just stick it out with my shedding tools?
How do you decide whether to just let your horse shed out or clip him?
picture like 10x more hair; I took this picture 3 weeks ago