Whilst getting somebody to clip your horse for you is always good, it can become costly if you do it regularly, especially if you have more than one.
Before purchasing your horse clippers, we've set out some things for you to consider below.
Which ones should you buy?
There's are pretty large selection out there. Whilst a lot of it will come down to personal choice, there are a few basic questions you can ask yourself before buying a pair of horse clippers.
- How often will you be using them? Are you just touching up between visits from a professional horse groomer, or are you doing the entire job yourself?
- How many horses will you be clipping? Are you thinking of clipping a number of horses in a day, or just one every few months? Obviously, you'll also need to take into account (if clipping more than one horse) the different types of breed and their coats.
- What is the texture (or textures) of the horse coat? When clipping thick coats you'll probably have to look at horse clippers with a higher clipping speed.
- Is your horse nervous? Are loud clippers going to give your horse concern?
- How easy are the clippers to maintain? Consider how often they need claining, replacement blades, cost of blades, oil, availability of parts etc
- Are they easy to use? What's their weight, size - are you going to be tired out after 30 mins of holding up the heaviest horse clippers on the market?
- Do you want cordless? If not, how long is the cord? How heavy duty is the cord?
Top tips for horse clipping
Make sure the coat is clean + Dry - Give your horse a good clean and brush down, ensuring that the coat is dry and that there's no loos hair in there.
Make sure your horse is comfortable and secured- An obvious piece of advice this one.
Make sure the blades are well lubricated and sharp - If you're not comfortable maintaining your own horse clippers, then take them to somebody who can. Well looked after clippers and blades will provide a much smoother and cooler cut.
Keep it slow - Slower strokes acroos the coat will give a much smoother result
Don't go in too steeply - Keep the blades as parallel to the skin as possible. Clipping at a steep angle is likely to produce much more uneven results on the finished coat
Clip against the run of the hair - Always check which way the horses hair is laying - this can change direction on many areas of the coat. You may have to make a few passes across the same area where the coat may lay in more than one direction.
Mark your lines- Use wet chalk to mark where you want the lines to be - use a saddle as a template perhaps.
Use YouTube - Browse the videos on YouTube to see how the professionals do it - there's literally hundreds of guides. In fact, we've posted one below: