May 16, 2005
Clipping Your Donkey for Show - Part 8
Now that your donkey's face and mane are clipped, you might like to touch up the fur in his ears.
There are many different ways that people clip the fur on their donkeys ears. Some don't clip their ear fur at all. Others clip it all short - both inside and outside their ears. And then there are a variety of styles in between those two extremes.
Of course if you choose to not clip your donkey's ears, there's not much you have to worry about, and he will probably look quite nice as he is.
I much prefer to not clip all my donkey's ear fur short, especially inside their ears. I think that hair helps protect their ears from bugs in the summer time, and I want to help them avoid some of those problems.
I like to do a little clipper touch up on my donkeys' ears, but not a lot. Often times the style I choose for their ear clip varies from donkey to donkey. Among mammoth donkeys you will see a lot of people who clip the ears with big fuzzy pom-poms on the tips. I like to do this style on my mammoth donkeys, too.
When clipping my mammoth donkey's ears, I use the Oster 5F blade. I believe this blade clips at about 1/4 inch length.
I start by clipping the fur inside their ears to where it is even with the outside edge of their ear. The easiest way to do this is to gently press the vertical edges of their ear together and clip the hair that sticks out. This has worked pretty well for me. It takes off the hair that is hanging out, but leaves the hair inside the ear to protect it from bugs.
Then I clip the outside of their ears, leaving section not clipped at the tip of each ear. The unclipped section is approximately the last 1 1/2 inches of their ear tip. This unclipped tip creates the pom-pom effect. Here are several close-up pictures of Andy's ears.
Most standard and miniature donkeys that I have seen at shows don't usually have the pom-pom style, and if clipped, just have a smooth clip on the outside of their ears.
My little standard jennet is blessed with beautiful long tassels of hair that come out of her ears. I like the way they look so well that I just leave her ears like they are naturally.
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Posted by Kristie Jorgensen at May 16, 2005 10:33 PM
Hi -- Surely enjoy your expertise -- one suggestion == we always give our horses (and my donkey) a shampoo after clipping, as a few seem to have reactions (hives) to the clipper blade oil that gets on them -- Alison
Posted by: alison at June 15, 2005 10:42 PM