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Trimming and Clipping Your Horse

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Learn how to trim and clip your horse

Rated 0 points - posted 10 years ago by dspsfarm in category Sports.
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The Full Clip Report Abuse
The full clip is used on horses expected to work hard or compete regularly during the winter. The full clip removes all of the coat except for a small triangle above the tail and a very narrow strip just below the roots of the mane, widening around the withers. You must have at least two blankets and a sheet available to a horse that has a full clip.
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The Blanket Clip Report Abuse
The blanket clip leaves a winter coat unclipped on the back, loins and rump. It benefits horses who work hard but are thin skinned or in need of extra protection. The blanket clipped horse must be stabled and needs almost the same care as the full clipped or hunter clipped horse. While a quarter sheet might not be needed while exercised a blanket may be necessary during other hours.
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Reasons for Clipping Report Abuse
To ease the animal's stress from heat that a heavy coat would cause; to reduce sweating and to prevent chills during and after exercise.
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Trimming the Head Report Abuse
By trimming the long hairs on a horse's jaw, around his muzzle and out of his ears, the lines of a fine head can be accentuated and the looks of a coase head improved. Trim to the level of his coat, be it winter or summer.
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Feed a haynet while clipping or trimming; it helps the horse pass the time without getting bored and skittish. Report Abuse
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The Hunter Clip Report Abuse
The hunter clip means clipping the body and head but the legs and a patch of coat the same shape as the saddle is left unclipped. This saddle patch acts as a natural pad. It should be the same shape on both sides of the horse and be level at the spine and on both sides of the withers. The leg lines slope on the insides and outsides of the legs. You can use chalk to mark your clipping lines before starting.
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How to Clip Report Abuse
Always clip against the lay of the coat; work from front to rear; keep the blades flat; test blades frequently for heat; give your horse a breaks frequently; be aware of sensitivity on heads, bellies and tops of legs; take care not to nick skin on the throat, between the front legs and under th stifle.
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Choosing a Clipper Report Abuse
Be aware of high voltage. Check that the cable and plug are in good condition. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for which blades to use and how to fit them. Only use blades designed for the make of your clippers. Make sure the cliipers are clean, oiled and in good running order. Oil the ttet while the machine runs, and wipe teeth down. Be aware of the tenstion and adjust the nut as required. Check constantly that the blades do not overheat. If they do, stop to let them cool.
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Trimming the Ears Report Abuse
Hold ear in the left hand and squeeze edges together so that excess hair stands out. Trim this hair away gently, close to the edges of the ear. Open the ear carefully and trim the long hairs from the tip to the broadest part of the ear. Trim round the edge. Also trim excess hair from the front edges. You can fold the ear to trim any long hairs visible. Do the same on both ears, going for symmetry.
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Trimming the Jaw Report Abuse
Trim long hairs away around the jaw bones and in the hollow between them, not cutting too deeply into the coat. Using scissors with a comb you can make a smooth finish. Also trim the hairs on the cheeks and the muzzle.
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Progress with the job quietly and patiently. Never hurry when trimming or clipping. Allow at least 3 hours for most types of clips. Report Abuse
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Engage an assistant to attract the pony's attention while critical or tricky areas are clipped Report Abuse
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Always use an assistant to hold and reassure a young or nervous pony. Report Abuse
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Be aware of how much hair the clippers or scissors can manage. Trying to cut or clip too much hair at once can pull the hair and cause horses to be shy of clippers from being cut, poked or hurt by blades which pull. Report Abuse
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Wear rubber soled shoes when clipping. Report Abuse
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Dress for comfort and safety. Don't wear wool as loose hair will cling to it; tie back your hair. Report Abuse
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Never clip outside in wet conditions. Always stand on a dry surface. Report Abuse
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Always trim or clip in a safe, quiet, enclosed place, preferably outside. Natural light is best. Report Abuse
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When trimming legs, always hold by the hoof or fetlock, never by the tendons. Report Abuse
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Trimming the Legs Report Abuse
You can improve your horse's looks by trimming his feathers, heels and coronet bands. In the winter, however, it is kinder to keep the hair long as it is benefitical to the horse in wet conditions.
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