Horse Clipping Video
It is often necessary to clip horses during the winter months to allow them to continue to work without getting too hot due to their winter coats, allowing them to cool off more quickly and help prevent chills.
The type of clip you choose will depend on the amount and frequency of work being done, the horses age, condition and temperament.
If you have never clipped before then ask someone experienced at clipping to be there with you, in case you run into any difficulty.
Ensure that you have the correct equipment ready before you start clipping:
Preparation For Clipping
Thoroughly groom your horse and ensure that they are totally clean and dry prior to clipping. It is often recommended to bath your horse the day before you clip to ensure that the coat is as free as possible from dirt, however this is not always practical during the winter months, especially if you do not have access to warm water and a solarium to dry your horse off afterwards.
If you are going to be doing a hunter, chaser or blanket clip put the mane into bunches as it will make the upper part of the neck and mane line easier to clip.
Then draw a chalk line where you would like the clip to run, ensuring that it is at the same height on both sides. It is also advisable to put on a tail bandage to keep the tail from getting in the way of the clippers and allows you to clearly see what you are doing.
Ideally clip in a well lit quiet stable, with rubber matting that has easy access to a power point. Remove water buckets and ensure that the floor surface is clear as it makes picking up all the hair easier and will ensure that your horse is stood on a level non slip surface.
In the video the horse is being clipped outside so that it is easier to view the clipping process, however it should be noted that the horse in the video is very experienced at being clipped even if he is a bit ticklish in certain areas.
How To Clip A Horse • A Blanket Clip
There are three related videos for how clipping a blanket that cover the horses main clipping areas from where to start to the finished clip.
Horse Clipping • A Blanket Clip • Part 1
The blanket clip will leave hair on the horse legs and on the upper section of the back and hindquarters, essentially forming a natural exercise blanket.
The height that you take the clip is largely up to your own individual preferences but as a guide the lower line of the blanket should sit at the base of your saddle flap, if you are uncertain then position your numnah or saddle cloth and mark out with chalk below where you would like the clip to run.
Blanket clips are incredibly useful for horses in light to medium work who may not require a full or hunter clip but require more than a belly or trace clip.