Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Yak-affie attacked by hoard of voracious moths

The title of this post may be slightly misleading. I attempted to clip Paddy the Yak last night. This was his second clip of the year.

Technically I suppose I succeeded, since he is in fact clipped. However, the results are somewhat less than stellar.

Always start with a clean-ish horse. Bonus points if you wait for three hours for him to dry, then decide he's never going to dry in the next month, so wtf you can clip wet, right?

And before you ask, yes, my blades were sharp (sharpened the week before). I used two sets and switched out when they got warm. Alas, we are still plagued by stripes (don't worry though, the spots are all-natural).

The end result, two hours later. Paddy looks as thrilled with his moth-eaten-look as I am. I intentionally made this picture small so you can't see the lines. Oh wait, you can, even at this resolution. Fail.

Yak Haffie hair is interesting stuff. He looks palomino from even 10 feet away, but when you look close-up, he looks shimmery coppery chestnut.  And the clipped hair looks like a mixture of chestnut and white - nary a palomino hair to be seen.

On the bright side, we have a week and a half before our next show. Hopefully he can grow out the lines before then?

27 comments:

  1. Haffie chestnut is a magical chestnut color.

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    1. It's a magical something color, that's for sure.

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  2. I always fail at the wet clip too.

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    1. On the bright side, I ended up wearing significantly less Haffie-hair and was less itchy. Mostly.

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  3. Oh yeah, the lines will grow out by then. Source: experienced chestnut clipper.

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  4. I just own my lines when clipping, man. It's the only way to go.

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    1. Paddy doesn't own them, though, and he's the one who has to wear them. Obviously he needs a new stylist.

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    1. Yep, it'll be Brego's third. Half-yak, I swear.

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  6. Haven't you heard the joke?
    -what's the difference between a bad clip job and a good clip job?
    - about a week!
    Seriously though, he is adorable regardless

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  7. He'll always have cute. And it's a slimming clip.

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    1. Clipping takes at least 50 pounds off, I'm pretty sure.

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    1. Keep your graspy mitts to yourself, lady. You have a Courage! ;)

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  9. I was just looking at K this evening, she is already growing out her clip job. IT IS JUST A WEEK OLD!!! WTF horse?!?!?!

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    1. PS i can't see any lines & am sure I am not alone in saying PBear looks amazeballs ♡♡♡

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    2. I hope Paddy grows enough in by next week so that he looks a bit less moth-eaten.

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  10. Not to worry!
    A proven fact: Superior haffie cuteness is way > inferior photo conditions, not completely matching wraps / saddlepads and slightly less than perfect clips (among other things) :D

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    1. I hope the judge agrees with your thoughts on cuteness. We'll need it!

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  11. hey at least it got done! he'll look great in time for the show - good luck!!

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  12. Good thing I don't clip. I would never have the patience to wait for a Haffie to dry.

    What lines? He looks cute as ever.

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    1. It probably takes half as long for a Haffie to dry than it does for a Brego. We'll find out next week!

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    1. Light, with spots! And oh-so-easy to groom, lol.

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