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Should I hog my cob ?

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Hello everyone I have a 14.3 cob called kobi and He’s a skewbald and a thick set lad, I have decided (I think) to hog my lad however I’m not sure if it would suit him ? If anyone could give me some information or help it would be greatly appreciated x 0D965FF1-AD56-4778-9DDB-C1E4D47D578C.jpeg D1A3ED3C-8A1D-4D32-94D8-AFBC152B1B45.jpeg 976F3E98-5347-469A-B0DE-29B83A9679E0.jpeg 2825AC63-D1ED-4D04-884A-E06703462F58.jpeg
 

be positive

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I think it would suit him but he is not overly chunky or hairy so would look equally smart pulled a little shorter and plaited if you are going out to competitions, if you do hog it can grow back much tougher and courser so be absolutely certain as you risk losing the quality hair he has now.
 

IrishMilo

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I think I’d just cut the mane short and take a bit off the forelock too. I think he would look nice hogged as well though. He’s really nice.
 

equi

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I would not hog a white necked horse in summer, they could burn and flies will be a pain. As for if he would suit it or not, I think he would but I also like his silky mane. Once you hog that’s it until it grows and you end up with a good year of a Mohawk lol
 

MiJodsR2BlinkinTite

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There are reasons for hogging a cob and these are the two main ones I've hogged for (apart from appearance and/or sheer convenience):

- Horse with sweet itch where it was much easier to apply topical lotions & potions and keep the area cool under a sweet-itch rug

- Horse (my current mare) who had a huge mop of Afro-style fuzzy mane which was making her very hot underneath; ditto very heavy feathers. So while vet was here sedating for teeth, off everything came! Best job ever done IMO.

However.. I did hogg my little youngster (trad cob) last autumn for a fun ride - and whilst it did keep her cool for the ride which was on a hot day, she really DOES look much nicer in her traditional plumage! I'm waiting for her mane to re-grow right now but it will be a while before it gets back to its original length.

I think OP that your lovely cob is fine as he is; personally I wouldn't be in a rush to hogg him, especially now the height of the summer is still ahead of us. He will be better with his mane and forelock to guard against flies; and as someone else has said, some protection against the sun too!

If you are hunting come the autumn then mmmm I might just consider hogging, but probably not even so!
 

Schollym

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My Mare has a thick mane that falls the wrong side, my daughter is a dab hand with a pair of thinning scissors and takes out the middle of her mane then can plait it on the correct side, she also has feathers but will not let us clip them, brushing them not a problem but you cannot go near them with clippers or scissors! This is her plaited up
 

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PapaverFollis

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I hogged mine because she has a very very thick mane and each individual hair is thick too so it was just a huge mass a of wirey, horrible to touch hair. She didn't like it being handled at all, never mind pulled or even backcombed to trim. If you caught a hair or two in the reins while riding she got upset! Poor sensitive soul that she is. So off it came. I did check opinion on here first about how it would look! 😂 It just so happens to suit her much much better plus is so easy for me.

She will not let me trim her beard though.
 
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