Before clipping your horse please think about why you want to clip them and what kind of clip you want to give them. Clipping ensures your horse remains healthy and comfortable. There are lots of horse clippers to choose from Clipperman, Liveryman, Wahl, Lister.
Should you Clip or Trim
If your horse gets too hot during exercise or is becoming chilled while waiting to dry in cold weather you should definitely consider clipping. Having a heavy coat then makes it incredibly difficult for them to dry out quickly, clipping these sort of horses or ponies is a must.
Clipping may not be for you and your horse then regular trimming (with scissors) of your horse’s head, muzzle, ears and legs will be sufficient.
Some horses are clipped all year round.¬†Older horses are also clipped in the summer months as some do not lose their winter coat properly. There are all types of clips you can do on your horse.
Trace Clip -¬†There are two types, the high and the low trace. This clip allows horses and ponies to be exercised without getting too hot. It also allows them to continue being turned-out in the winter. The coat is removed from the belly and up the underside of the neck.
Blanket Clip -¬†This type of clip would suit a horse that has regular exercise, is turned-out in the field and does various events at the weekends. The coat is removed completely from the head, neck and flanks, leaving only an area of hair that looks like an exercise sheet over the back and hind-quarters and on the legs. The hair on the legs is left mainly for warmth and protection.
Hunter Clip -¬†Used mainly for horses in heavy work, such as hunters. The clip is similar to the blanket except the hair over the hind-quarters is removed leaving only a patch in the saddle area. Again, the leg hair remains for warmth and protection.
Full Clip -¬†This is usually given to competition horses that compete in the winter months. The whole of the coat is removed, including body, legs and head. This clip looks very smart but does require careful stable management. Horses with a full clip need to be rugged up at all times and may need to wear stable bandages in very cold weather.
** Please be aware ** If your are unsure of clipping correctly. We would advise you to seek help from a knowledgeable equestrian person such as your instructor or saddler.