Learn to clip
Your horse changes its summer coat to a winter coat and as a result, we take out our clippers. Are you struggling with how to properly clip your horse, safe and quickly? No need for stress, because it’s never too late to learn how to clip.
Why would you clip a horse? Mostly because a thick winter coat can get in the way while training, riding, or showing at competitions. A horse cannot lose its heat enough due to its coat, which means it will sweat. Therefore, a horse could get extremely wet. During winter, this long, wet coat quickly cools down, which could cause a cold.
After clipping for the first time, the coat will continue to grow. That’s why most horses are clipped for a second time, between October and the end of January. The best moment to clip your horse is around two weeks before an important show or test. This way the coat has time to re-grow, and look shiny and even.
Step 1: Preparation
Before grabbing your clipping machine, wash your horse the day before you plan to clip it. The less filth or sand is in the coat, the easier the clipping will be. Additionally, you should make sure that the blades of your clipping machine are sharp enough, that the blades are oiled, and that your device is clean. You should repeat these steps during the clipping process; regularly clean and oil the blades. Also very important: regularly check the temperature of your clipping machine. It might become too hot, which could cause burns on your horse.
Step 2: Start easy
Start the clipping at a part of the body where the horse can easily see you, and where the horse is not too sensitive. For example the shoulder of start of the neck. Hold the clipping machine in a way that the blades are leveled with the coat, and slowly push it through the coat. It is important to clip against the hair growth, and try to keep the horse’s skin as tight as possible. This prevents the skin from getting in between the blades.
Step 3: Get some help
Most horses do not like it when the legs are being clipped, especially the lower legs. This is because they feel the vibrations more intense at these areas. When you get to clipping these areas, it might be helpful if someone can assist you. This person could lift the horse’s legs, to make the clipping easier. Often, the fetlock will not be clipped, since these hairs prevent water from getting into the pastern cavity, decreasing the chance of mud fever. Additionally, it is prohibited to shave the inside of your horse’s ears, because they protect them from cold, filth and insects.
Step 4: Stay away
To ensure a horse’s well-being, you should stay away from the sensory hairs. These hairs around the eyes, nose, and mouth, the whiskers, are vital to your horse. The hairs around the eyes are used to be able to dodge objects. The whiskers serve a purpose of distincting types of food and prevent your horse from hitting its head.
Wash your horse with Groomfy shampoo the day before shearing. After shearing, rub your horse with a cloth after clipping. Horses usually like this, and it makes the coat shiny.
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