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Body Clipping Prep -- Full Bath not an option

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  • Body Clipping Prep -- Full Bath not an option

    I will be body clipping my Yak, I mean horse, in the next couple of days. We don't have a warm water bath option, although I could use a bucket warmer for hot toweling/sponging. Any idea how to get the grease out without a full bath with Dawn or something similar? The plan is a modified trace clip that will include his whole neck and chest, then a straight line from his withers to stifle.
    When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

  • #2
    Is he really greasy or just dirty? If dirt, I think your best bet would be a thorough blow out with a shop vac, followed by a damp towel.


    • #3
      When you're done currying/hot toweling, I would use a spray bottle full of rubbing alcohol and really scrub with a clean, dry towel. That usually works well for me to lift up any dust and grease.


      • #4
        I just did this a few weeks ago. Took a bucket of warm water and toweled my horse, really scrubbing. My arms hurt. Put a sheet on and left. The next day used grooming gloves went over the horse roughing up the hair. Sprayed with Show Sheen, let dry, and started clipping. It was a breeze.
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        • #5
          +1 vote for the show sheen (or similar product). get that stuff as close to the skin as you can where you want to clip, cover with a cooler, towel dry, and the next day the clippers should be able to glide through (in addition to regular grooming).


          • #6
            I have done the vacuum then a hot towel bath with Healthy Hair Care, dry and clip. I have a dog wash station in my mudroom at home so can fill the 5 gallon water containers that I use in my horse trailer with hot water to bring to the barn. Or a bucket heater would work. Or fill a Home Depot bucket with lid with hot water at home.
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            • #7
              I've hot toweled, groomed again, and sprayed with Dream Coat (Carr & Day & Martin). The clip went quite well.


              • #8
                If something happens to prevent me from bathing (which I will do with my non-heated/cold water down to maybe the low 40s....but I feel like I have to add that I will then throw a cooler over the wet horse and reveal only the parts I'm clipping as I clip), I just clip dirty. It means I have to stop and wash/spray the clipper blades about twice as often (even more when I'm in a really dirty - muddy or scurfy - area). But I haven't ever had any problems in regard to the clip job or even the blades, which seem to dull at the same rate whether my horses are squeaky clean or really dirty.

                To Sonnysmom's point - I keep an electric tea kettle down in my barn. They heat super fast and are a really easy way to have hot water in a barn that doesn't have hot water.
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                • #9
                  I'm with PNWjumper and have clipped my horse without bathing on a number of occasions (including last Sunday) and it hasn't really made a difference. Granted he's not a dirty horse by nature so he's usually not gross. I think just a really thorough grooming and maybe a wet towel with water or a bath in a bottle would suffice for a grody horse. Just take your time.


                  • #10
                    I clip a lot since I work with dairy cows and they are kept clipped year round. We don't wash cows before we clip. I'm not sure I've ever washed a horse before clipping either!

                    My advice would be to have lots of oil on hand plus either lots of spray lube or blade wash. Make sure your blades are tightened to the appropriate tension and off you go. If/when gummy hair clogs the blades, use your spray or wash to clean them, then oil the blades again and carry on. If you are using spray lube, hold the clippers at 90` and spray into the slot between the blades. Watch for gunk to start dripping on the floor and then keep spraying until you get clear drops without dirt or hair. Always oil after cleaning blades. It will extend time between clogging/cleaning.

                    If your blades don't clog up (sometimes they don't even when you think they will) remember to check the heat of them with your own hand. If hot, wash/spray until they cool, then re-oil and carry on.
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                    • Original Poster

                      Thanks for replies!! It's actually going to be up into the 50's tomorrow here, so I might be able to fully bathe him. But I picked up some extra show sheen as I think that will help the clippers glide through the hair. I'm going to try the shop vac too, we'll see how he tolerates that. I'll take some before and afters to post!
                      When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.


                      • #12
                        I just clipped a horse for a barnmate and had to do it "dirty". My Lister Star clippers will go through anything so it wasn't an issue. I did hot towel/wash him afterwards and then ran the clippers over him one more time to even it out. He looks great, owner is pleased.


                        • Original Poster

                          Oh, I probably should add that I will be clipping with small clippers with T-84 blades on them. So a bit harder on the clippers than they are designed for, but I'm just doing a trace on one doesn't justify the big purchase of body clippers!
                          When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.