May 02, 2005
Clipping Your Donkey for Show - Part 6
Now that you have finished clipping your donkey's body and legs, you can touch up his tail so that it looks neat and tidy.
There are a variety of styles you can choose for his tail. I like to clip the short hairs at the top of his tail with my #3F blade that I used on his body. I like to leave my donkey's tail long, but I do even up any extra long straggler hairs at the end of his tail, that are hanging way down beyond the rest. If you prefer, you can use scissors to cut his tail hair straight across the bottom at about the height of his hocks.
Here is a good picture of how I clipped Elsie's tail last spring. As you can see in this photo, I had not clipped her legs yet. I did that step after her tail.
Once your donkey's tail is done, you can clip his mane. I find this is easiest to do when I am first starting a clipping session and my donkey hasn't gotten bored yet. I have an assistant come feed my donkey grass or carrot bits while I am clipping, so that my donkey holds his head and neck still. Clipping the mane can be a tricky job, and it's always easier when it's not moving all over the place!
There are a variety of ways to clip manes, too. Probably the easiest is to just roach it off even with your donkey's neck. With my donkeys, I prefer to clip their mane at about 1/2 to 1 inch long. That leaves a nice short, neat mane that complements their head and neck well. Different donkeys are built differently, and you might prefer to do yours differently. But I'll explain how I clip mine.
Carefully fold the long hair of your donkey's mane away from you, so that it is lying off the other side of his neck, and the shorter fur hairs are left standing up. Position your clipper next to the mane you have laid over, and clip down toward you to clip the shorter fur hairs the same length as the rest of the body fur. Then repeat the process on the other side. This will leave the longer coarse mane hairs standing up with a nice neat clean clip on the fur along beside the mane.
Now you can carefully use scissors to clip the mane hair shorter - down to about 1/2" to 1" left standing up above his fur. If your donkey's mane is a contrasting color to his surrounding fur, you can carefully clip away most of the surrounding fur hairs to make the mane color stand out more. Here is how I clipped Elsie's mane.
Next time we'll be ready to talk about clipping your donkey's face.
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at May 2, 2005 09:22 PM