How To Clip a Horse – 10 Horse Clipping Tips


How To Clip a HorseWhat you need to know about horse clipping

In this article we would like to share with you some useful information about horse clipping. It does not matter whether you are an aspiring horse rider and you are planning to buy a horse sometime in the nearby future or if you have been riding horses for decades, knowledge and understanding of horse clipping is really important, even if you are not planning to do the clipping yourself.

Before we will get into the specifics of horse clipping, we believe that it is really important to point out that you have got to wear the right type of clothing when clipping a horse. First of all, it is very important to wear sensible shoes that will not slip on the ground whether you are planning to clip your horse indoors or outdoors. This is particularly important not only because of your own personal safety, but also to avoid frightening the horse.

In addition to wearing sensible clothing, you also need to think about where you are going to clip the horse. Are you going to stay indoors or outdoors? You see, quite a lot depends on your horse and your personal preferences, as well as the weather. Some people like toclip their horses outside, because of natural lighting, yet clipping a horse outside when it’s cold could result in them getting a chill.

When it comes to clipping, before starting to clip your horse it is really important to make sure that your horse’s coat is clean. Now, this does not necessarily mean that you have got to bath your horse before clipping, but you want to make sure that there is no grease or mud on your horse’s coat, because this can blunt the blades of clippers very quickly and the clipping process will not be as smooth and easy as it could be.

In addition to this you also want to be particularly careful if you are using mains clippers. We would suggest you use a circuit breaker and be particularly careful with wires around the horse. Before going ahead and starting to clip your horse, you want to make sure that the clippers are running smoothly, that the blades are sharp, tension is correct and most importantly that the clippers are well oiled.

When clipping your horse make sure that you avoid swift movements and be cautious, even if you know the horse very well.  In addition to this, when clipping your horse, you want to use long strokes and not short, little ones, because by using long strokes you are going to get a much neater clip. It is also important to to clip against the hair and make sure that you take your time and don’t rush.

Top tips

  1.  Always wear a riding hat when clipping
  2. Wear waterproof clothing so the hair doesn’t stick
  3. Always use a circuit breaker and don’t clip near any water or clip a wet horse
  4. Use long even strokes and overlap the last clip line
  5. Clip against the ‘lay’ of the coat and then go over it in a different direction for a ‘closer’ clip
  6.  Use chalk to mark out the lines before you start clipping
  7. Ask an assistant to help with holding legs up for the awkward bits
  8. Make sure the horse is standing ‘square’ so the clip is even both sides
  9. Keep clippers well oiled and allow them to cool at regular intervals
  10. If your horse gets upset about clipping use an instant action calmer such as Blue Chip AppleCalm or Carrot Calm.

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