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Ye Gods. Clipping.

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  • #21
    I'm qualified to be the president of the "clip over many, many days" club My allergies make clipping hell, so I'll spend days working at my draft X's trace clip for as long as I can tolerate it... Usually somewhere around 1.5 hours is when I want to burn down the barn, so that's when I call it quits. So yes, hack away at it as many times as you need to in the space of a week, I say!


    • #22
      takes me about 2 hours to take EVERYTHING off a 13hh pony, head legs the lot.

      he is a legend and i am fussy.....he lets me do all of him incl head with massive and ancient but very efficient old listers bless him which minimizes heat and thus lines.

      i normally give myself 3 hours to factor in washing and hot oiling, and trimming mane and tail and then sweeping up and cleaning the blades.

      just yesterday i took the cat hairs off him and he is done now, well rugged and wont need doing again this winter


      • #23
        My tips:

        1) try clipping wet. I'm mostly too lazy to do this these days because giving a bath beforehand is just.....well.....more time and effort and my clipping plans usually look like: ride 6 horses and then total spur-of-the-moment-hey-let's-clip-you-right-now-rather-than-heading-in-for-dinner. But when I clip wet it takes me way less time, clippers don't get hot, no hair blows anywhere. Everything is easier from start to finish and it takes a lot less time. I think horses often get antsy because the clipper blades wind up getting hot, and then the combination of standing for "too long" and that bit of discomfort pushes even the best over the edge. My wet horses don't usually get antsy like my dry horses (same horses, ftr).

        2) Buy clippers that don't blow hair. After moving to Double K/Groomer's Edge belt-mount clippers years ago, I will never go back to hand-unit-mounted-motor. I did buy Lister Star's the year before last and it reminded me of why I hate them with a passion.

        3) Maybe everyone already knows this little tidbit, but I sure didn't! Dormosedan gel is the best drug on the planet for bodyclipping. I have a horse who is a total spaz about baths and clipping. I usually have my vet mix up a cocktail and then drug her to the gills to get it done. The last couple of years we've needed 2 druggings to get through her body. I used the dormosedan gel this year under her tongue and was totally surprised when it knocked her out a) a bit less than the injection cocktail (she was slightly more "with it" than with the multi-drug cocktail) and b) for a lot longer. After bodyclipping for 2 hours I had to let her hang out in a stall for another hour or two before I thought she was ready to go back out in the herd. I used it again on my obnoxious 5yo and same story. I mentioned it to my vet and he said, "yep, takes longer to hit them when given sublingually, and then lasts longer."
        Flying F Sport Horses
        Horses in the NW


        • #24
          My young guy loves the Andis clippers with the T-84 blades. I tried my old big body clippers (sorry,don't remember what they, but were nice $250 clippers in 2003) and they were okay but riled him up a bit. He doesn't like the small face Osters either. We've done him twice now, first 2 times ever and have only done a trace on him but it took about 1 1/2 hours both times. No drugs and I finished up by smoothing out a few lines by myself and he was falling asleep while I was dong that. Loves, loves, loves the Andis clippers. I'm hoping to be able to clip him by myself next year, we'll see.