Horses who continue to work during the winter months may need to have some hair clipped to allow them to continue to work comfortably, improve their appearance and help them to remain in good health and condition.
Successful clipping takes practice and knowing where to start and how to clip properly and safely will help you to finish up with a smart clip that is appropriate for the workload being done.
The type of clip you choose will be based on many factors such as the age and condition of your horse, temperament, the amount of work being done and if your horse is stabled or wintering out.
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Horse Clipping Video
How to clip a horse and the equipment required is shown in a series of three videos that cover how and where to begin a blanket clip, how to clip a bridle path, the neck, chest, foreleg point, flank and hindquarters.
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There are many different clippers out on the market today, using the correct clippers and blades at the right time can be a great help and save time in the long run, for example using battery powered clippers are an excellent way to introduce young horses to clipping, as well as for clipping around the horses heads and for any sensitive areas.
Knowing how to fit blades and correctly care for your clippers is all part of the clipping process.
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Depending on the frequency and type of work being done will determine how much hair you will need to remove Many horses will need between two and three clips during the winter so it is better to take of less hair for the first clip if you are not sure.
The golden rule is to try not to take off more hair than you need to and keep a close eye on your horses weight and condition after clipping and ensure that you have sufficient rugs ready before you take any hair off.
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