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Horse Clipping for Dummies

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  • Horse Clipping for Dummies

    Hi Everyone!
    I recently bought a new horse, who is definitely going to need a clipping for this winter! It is my first time owning a horse that actually grows hair, my last 2 tbs had such thin coats!

    Anyways I had a few questions, and I'm hoping I can get a guide on how to clip, and what I'll need. I am looking to do a full body clip, and eventually do a nice enough job that my poor horse isn't too humiliated at shows. BO is supplying me with school ponies to practice on since I'm sure I'll need it

    1) What clippers should I get? I'm looking for something dependable for a few body clippings a year for 1 horse, plus face/leg cleanups in between. I would love to get something from smartpak since I have a coupon. ( ) Obviously I'd like the least expensive that will do the job.

    2) What blades do I need? What is the traditional length of a clip (yes I warned you I know nothing!)

    3) Any tips? I'm clueless! Luckily this horse is a saint and will stand still for with no issue.


  • #2
    I clip for a living and my clipper of choice is the Andis AGC Super 2 Speed with a T-84 blade--
    First lesson in clipping is horse must be spotlessly clean and DRY!!! spritz him with show Sheen while he is wet and then allow him to completely dry.

    Get someone who knows how to clip to give you a lesson-- if you know nothing, it's easy to butcher a clip and make your horse look terrible for quite a while!!!

    Good Luck!!
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    • Original Poster

      Thanks for the advice! I DEFINITELY plan on getting some help from someone who knows what they are doing, but I figured I should go in with as much info as possible.


      • #4
        A great way to keep all that ichy hair off of you is to wear a painters full body suit. you can get them pretty much anywhere that sells paint, and only cost around $5 - $10. They are also reusable, and well worth the cost if I don't have to deal with hair all over me.


        • #5
          I second the andis AGC Super 2 Speed. Amazing clipper for the money.

          I have a horse that thinks a winter coat of hair is acceptable year round, and will grow it back instantaneously whenever I remove it so mine Andis clippers have gotten a run for their money for the past two years - probably something like 6 body clips a year - and they still work fantastic.

          I use either a #10 or the wide blade for everything. Pressing with even pressure all over is key - don't press hard on his shoulder and then soft on his back.

          And, seriously, the HAIR GROWS BACK so don't worry if the first attempt is bad. My first attempt at body clipping was affectionately referred to as his "mom haircut" - like I had put the bowl on his head and trimmed around it (that's an OLD reference). It's was BAD. It took me about 3 full clips to be really comfortable with it. Our head groom was a big help teaching me some of the tips, but working at a comfortable speed and even pressure is key. (Along with the clean horse part already mentioned).

          There are lots of threads on here about body clipping. Start searching, and you'll get more good tips. The difference between a good body clip and a bad body clip is about 2 weeks of hair growth.

          Good Luck!


          • Original Poster

            Great advice! Thanks everyone! Off to smartpak to get a pair of those andis clippers.


            • #7
              [QUOTE=pinkdiamondracing;5091548] First lesson in clipping is horse must be spotlessly clean and DRY!!! spritz him with show Sheen while he is wet and then allow him to completely dry.QUOTE]

              This is the best tip, it really helps the clippers go smoother. When they are completely dry, spray them with show sheen again and rub it in against the the way the coat lays down.

              Also, use a smaller pair of clippers, I use the Oster A5's for the head, face, legs and clean ups.
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              • #8
                I also use a smaller clipper for the face/ears and lower legs. I'm looking at cordless ones right now and leaning towards the Laube Speed Feed.

                I have Lister Stars for body clipping. They have done a good job for me, but I have read some posts on here that are negative.
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