Hog and clip? Or not?

MrsElle

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I am planning on showing Chad at a local show in July. It will be the first show I have done and am really looking forward to it.

However, it looks as if I am going to have to clip Chad due to an infection he has underneath all his feather.

So, should I go the whole hog (no pun intended!) and hog and clip him and show him like that or put off our show plans until he is looking his hairy best again?

He’s a gypsy cob.
 

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Do you have a pic of him
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I would say say if you are clipping his legs out you will either have to hog him which would prob be best or at least pull his mane so you can plait it
 

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Aren't Gypsy Cobs supposed to be shown with all their mane and feathers intact ? What type of class will you enter ? Remember once that mane comes off, it will be a long time until you can grow it back and gets to a point where it looks natural. Even feathering on the legs time a long time to grow back really well.

If you like his mane and its only the legs that have a problem I would be more inclined to leave the mane alone.
 

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Aren't Gypsy Cobs supposed to be shown with all their mane and feathers intact ? What type of class will you enter ? Remember once that mane comes off, it will be a long time until you can grow it back and gets to a point where it looks natural. Even feathering on the legs time a long time to grow back really well.

If you like his mane and its only the legs that have a problem I would be more inclined to leave the mane alone.

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I was under the impression that they have to be hairy, so it looks as if his feathers will have to come off and our showing plans be put off until they grow back
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actually, he would look nice all clipped out. Deffinately go for it.
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He will look really nice when he has lots of muscle on him all clipped out, a real show cob
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Like JoBo's horse Bodey
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I would sat that he is a traditional and therefore should be shown with full feathers and mane. Are you entering a coloured class with him?
 

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If you want to show him then you can show them hogged and clipped i wouldn't hog my gypsy cob but then i can't show him any way. If it is just a ridden cob class then you can show him clipped etc however if it is a traditional cob class then he will need feathers and mane intact
 

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I would sat that he is a traditional and therefore should be shown with full feathers and mane. Are you entering a coloured class with him?

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She could show in an "un-traditional" class if you take off feathers and main.
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Just do cob classes or ridden coloured im sure you'll both do fine. And remember, hair grows!
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If your going to show him as a cob your going to have to strip him compleatly, mane, legs, tail pulled, this will totally transform him and without doubt would look very smart, but a word of caution, it will make him very high maintinance, as you would have to do this approx every 4 weeks or put up with the regrowth. There are a few traditional cob classes but are few and far between, clipping his legs will make it easy to keep on top of any grease or infection.
 

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First of all, I'm going to have a quick cry for you - I'd weep if I had to cut off T's feathers! Yours is the one who would make a good pair for T, I think, similar stamp & markings
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If you have to clip the feathers, though, I would do the lot and show him as a show cob. A true to type gypsy cob should be a show cob under all the feather & hair; in fact, some suit it very well. You can show him as both coloured & in cob classes.
 

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my daughter has a cob he had the same condition for a show i would of left all hair in place lol but do you really have a choice if your cob is like ours he will be itching himself to bits we have hogged ours all over he looks amazing and so much easier to groom and keep clean. i really didnt think a gypsy cob could look so good full of quality
 

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Just hogged and clipped my new coloured cob. She was already trimmed when I bought her but with a new clip and hog I think she is stunning. What has amazed me is that with the feathers off she has about the same amount of bone as my connie. She also has a few sore patches from mites (!) and I can get at them now!

If she had the feathers and mane of my friend's gypsy cob (his mane is over a foot long) then she would have stayed hairy but I think she suits the trimmed look.

We might even attempt a cob show class now - or a working cob class if I can find one.
 
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