Horses can often become hot and bothered during the winter months, their coats grow long and they find it hard to keep cool. By clipping your horse you help them to regulate their temperature. The most common style of clipping in the winter is blanket clipping but another widespread and highly successful clip is the body clip. Horse body clipping is generally used to help your horse lose its final coat as the summer months approach and keep it neat and tidy.
You will need electric clippers and a brush to carry out a successful body clip.
Adjusting Your Horse to Electric Clippers
• Introduce the electric clippers to your horse gradually; it is no use trying to body clip your horse straight away because it will be scared.
• Rub the clippers against the horse when turned off to it can become used to the sensation.
• Turn clippers on away from the horse to it can become accustomed to the noise.
• Speak to your horse in a calm voice continuously throughout the process.
• If your horse is very nervous then repeat this process for a few days before you intend to carry out the body clip.
• It is particularly important when you body clip that the horse is at ease because you have to use the clippers on the face and legs.
Horse Body Clipping Instructions
• You might need a second person before you begin to help you keep the horse calm and still during the body clip.
• Bathe your horse before clipping.
• Start clipping from the head and neck, it is essential that you clip these parts of the horse against the direction of hair growth.
• Keep clippers close to the horses coat to avoid a streaky body clip.
• Be extra careful when clipping feet and hind end of the horse, if he gets spooked it might kick.
• Once you have clipped use a brush to remove excess hair left behind from clipping.
• Remember that you have removed a lot of hair from the horse’s body so keep it covered and warm with blankets.
How to Use Your Clippers – Professional Tips
• If your electric clippers are not cutting smoothly sharpen them.
• For a smooth finish overlap strokes with the clippers.
• It should not be difficult to body clip, the clippers should move through the hair easily.
• If you are clipping around whorls move the clippers in various directions to remove all of the hair.
• To protect the tail and mane from the clippers you can bandage the top of the tail and plait the bottom. You can tie up or plait the mane loosely to keep it out of the way.
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