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Okay I am no stranger to body clipping, I have done quite a few clips ...
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    Question coat growth AFTER the body clip: how long? why is it taking longer after 2nd clip?

    Okay I am no stranger to body clipping, I have done quite a few clips over my equine career lol but I have not had this happen so some advice would be most welcome. I first clipped the black beasty in November. He was so fuzzy it was impossible to cool him out after rides. He grew the hair back in fairly quick (and when I clipped, he was a grayish black underneath...typical for him.
    fast forward to last month (mid month) I had to clip him again, same reason as before. This time the hair is not growing back at all and he is this ugly seal brown color (and being a genetic tested black horse, with no bay or red factor I have to admit I was a tad shocked) now I know there are a lot of factors in when/how the hair grows back but seriously why hasn't anything grown back in? Why the Fugly color?
    Yes the weather has been abnormally warm for winter but we have still had cold days and nights. If I have to look at this ugly brown color all spring and summer I am going to dye him black again! (Kidding)
    Diet has not changed. Any thoughts?
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    You may have timed it just right that you cut during his spring growth... I've had that happen before. I always clipped my mare the same time of the year (October and February) and one year when it was warmer, her spring coat started coming in before I clipped her. Needless to say, it took TWICE as long for her coat to grow in to the normal late Spring/Summer coat. With the warmer weather we've had this winter, I have a feeling this happened to a few people!
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    well my seal brown horse (hey don't call it ugly! lol) gets sunbleached. I clipped him almost 2 weeks ago and he was so light almost tan. Now his black summer coat is starting to come in. He'll fade again shortly im sure. Endurance horses sweat alot Plus its sunny here!!
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    Oh and my actual black horse is brown when i clip him too. did that last week
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    I'll add another vote on the spring growth idea. I've managed that before and the pony's coat came back in patches, like a mangy carpet, so I'm hoping you've just got the gross colour and not the gross texture too! In fact, when I clipped Mum's horse last year her coat came back in pieces at a time - since she's bay it was really obvious, she had these horrible ginger patches and then a grey undercoat. I know I didn't clip her too late (I didn't even do a second clip), so I'm just going to put hers down to being a weirdo!

    From this...



    To this (doesn't show it terribly well, but it was like the guard hair grew in way before the undercoat... Extraordinarily ugly!)



    And finally, I'm talking months later, to this (but notice you can still see the 'tan lines'. Ew)



    Most of the others I've clipped have grown in fairly evenly, so I don't know if it was a hormonal thing for her, or she's just plain weird

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    Those dapples in the last picture are deliciously spectacular. Lovely!

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    They almost always clip a different color in spring versus fall. Some look normal again within a couple weeks, others can take a month or two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by possumtrot View Post
    Those dapples in the last picture are deliciously spectacular. Lovely!
    It was the only time I've ever seen her dappled, actually. They only stuck around for about a week though

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    My daughter's RMH only dapples when his body clip is growing out, too. Love it while it's there.

    This is Tilly with a mid to late March body clip.

    And this is Tilly 2 or 3 weeks later. It's all about timing.

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    I do a modified trace clip on my pony each november. It barely grows back it all until her winter coat sheds out, and is normal by May. All the other horses who get clipped grow back their hair (at least back to normal color) while my girl stays gray in the clipped patches (she's black) and doesn't get more than an 1/4 of an inch on her chest and flanks until it sheds out. Funny thing is I clip designs on her bum, and I always have to redo those come January.
    Some horses are just different, and you won't know until you try. I knw some horses are just very dependent on the time you clip. Hopefully your boy will grow back all pretty soon!
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