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    Smile Using dog clippers on horses?

    I have one cob I would like to clip this winter. I'm considering doing a trace clip or other partial clip. A pair of horse clippers is just an expense I can't afford this year. I've heard from a couple of friends that they've used dog clippers for clipping jobs on their horses? Anyone have an experience with this?

    The clippers I'm looking at purchasing are these, http://www.amazon.com/Wahl-9281-210-...=cm_cr_pr_pb_t



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    Default Clippers

    I have those clippers... they weren't strong enough to clip my dog, so I now use them as whisker/bridlepath clippers at the barn.... they work well for whiskers... not so good for the bridlepath I don't think they would be able to handle a trace clip AT ALL.

    I love my Andis and my Oster A5's.... well worth $135 I think I have paid for each of them. They work great with a 10W blade and can zip through a trace clip and I have even tortured them with a few body clips.



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    Quote Originally Posted by rememberthenight View Post
    I have those clippers... they weren't strong enough to clip my dog, so I now use them as whisker/bridlepath clippers at the barn.... they work well for whiskers... not so good for the bridlepath I don't think they would be able to handle a trace clip AT ALL.

    I love my Andis and my Oster A5's.... well worth $135 I think I have paid for each of them. They work great with a 10W blade and can zip through a trace clip and I have even tortured them with a few body clips.
    I would second this. As a former groomer, I'm sure the clippers you linked to wouldn't clip a dog, let alone a horse. I've always used my Andis and Oster A5s on the horses. Just body clipped my Mustang last month. Sometime you can get a good deal on a reconditioned pair on eBay.
    (My first pro grooming clippers were reconditioned A5s that I paid $25 for, with a set of 5 blades and a pair of grooming shears - but that was 30+ years ago. )
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    Probably the cheapest thing you can get away with for a full clip is something in the A5/Andis Super 2 range. I managed to once clip a very light coated QH with a set of Wahl Iron Horse clippers with the wide blade, but it was a miracle and they wouldn't have made a dent in my hairy draft cross gelding. I can't clip him with anything less than a pair of Lister Stars.

    You can get a set of Super 2s with the T-10 wide blade for less than you'd spend on a pro clip, and you have something to show for it a few months down the road. I'd recommend those over the A5s hands down, based on extensive personal experience.



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    do. not. buy. wahl. they are total crap, and can barely even trim muzzle whiskers, let alone cut coat smoothly.
    this is my clipper and I do a trace clip each year on my horse with it, give my SO haircuts every 4 weeks, plus give my border collie shavedowns. (they all have their own set of blades)
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    Ya you really do need to have a decent pair of clippers to get through a horse. Good dog clippers are the same as good horse clippers.

    I use either oster or andis. I own a dog grooming salon and have done all my horses' clipping (including full bodies multiple times a winter) since I was 15 or so.



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    the clippers you linked to are the same i bought for my maltese. don't waste your money. If they cant clip a light (not double coated) 3 lb dog.. they won't clip a horse.



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    Maybe it would be better to pay someone to clip your horse or to rent appropriate clippers to get the job done? Underpowered/inadequate clippers are no fun!!!!!



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    My local tack shop rents clippers at very reasonable prices. Maybe yours does too?



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