Show Prep

How To Clip A Horse

By January 12, 2019 No Comments

Clipping – it’s easy to do an ‘ok’ job of clipping a horse. But to do a good job takes practice and patience. In this video I’ll show you how to clip a horse, including loads of tips and tricks to help you get a great end result.

Clipping a horse is one task that I know many people would like to try themselves but they’re not sure how to go about it. In this video I’ll show you how I clip a horse and I’ve included lots of hints & tips to get a great result.

I highly recommend the HSE Hot Oil and CoolGroom cloths. I have been using the HSE Hot Oil since it was first developed over 10 years ago and, IMHO, it’s still the best on the market.
HSE Hot Oil is a deep conditioning and moisturising treatment for the skin & hair, soothing any irritation, nourishing & protecting as well as restoring depth of colour and shine.
HSE Hot Oil doesn’t contain any silicon so you won’t have any problems with your saddlery slipping.
Please be aware of using oil products that aren’t designed for horses. Many oils have a molecular size too big for the skin & hair to absorb, so whilst they make it look shiny, it doesn’t actually do anything for it.

After I’ve finished clipping I always recommend a hose off to remove the loose hair (you’ll be amazed at how much loose hair will be on your horse, rugging them without washing it off will just make them incredibly itchy!!), then wash or rinse the horse with an antibacterial shampoo/solution. This kills and bacteria that is on the skin and drastically reduces the chances of any skin issues from clipping.
Then I give the horse a Hot Oil treatment.

For more information, hints & tips on Hot Oil please have a read here… including how hot oil doesn’t have to be used hot 😉

Want to try the HSE Hot Oil?… hope you watched to the end of the video, it would be worth your while!! 😉

In this video I use the Wahl KM10 clippers with the #10 blade it comes with, and the Andis T-10 wide blade. I’ve clipped many many horses with the various KM clippers over the years and they’re a great clipper that can handle most coats as well as being great for trimming socks, legs, heads, ears, bridlepaths etc. They’re quite affordable at $170-$315 depending on the model and they’re a great option whether you’re just starting out or if you’re doing a bunch of clips.
Since making this video I’ve bought the Heineger Saphir clippers which are cordless. They’re a bit more expensive at $425-$790 (depending what pack you get and if you want an extra battery or a 240V corded option as well) but if you’re doing a lot of clipping they’re well worth considering. Being cordless makes them much safer to use around horses, plus the conveience of not needing power near by. They’re surprisingly powerful for a cordless clipper and they’re what I use 95% of the time when clipping horses, though they do struggle with really heavy coats just like most smaller clippers.
I also use the Heineger Xplorer clippers which are a great large animal clipper and they do get the job done a bit faster. Large clippers are great, but at $500-$800, it’s a lot of money when you’re just starting out or if you’re only clipping a few horses per year.

I realised that I didn’t talk about preparing the horse’s coat to be clipped (and there’s no way that I’m doing that voice over again!!!). A massive part of getting a good clip result is having a CLEAN coat and skin to clip. Wash with a brush and scrub as you need to clean right down to the skin as that’s where you’re clipping! Sponges only clean the top layer of hair. A great tip is to do a hot oil treatment and then work the horse because it will lift the dirt from the skin and hair and then you can hose it off, making the shampoo job much easier. I don’t like to shampoo my horses very often, but it is necessary for clipping.

PS… How amazing is this gorgeous mare!?!? This was her first time being clipped in many years and she stood so beautifully while we clipped and filmed. Thanks Kellie & Mia for letting me use Beez as our model for this video.”


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