How to body clip a horse


MEGAN: Hi, I’m Megan. I’m a groom here at Windsor Show Stables,
and today I’m going to show you how to body clip a horse. Today I’m doing a full body clip on Lupino,
cause he’s a show horse, so to go to the ring we want his whole body clipped so he’s nice
and neat and trim all over. But I’ll show you some tips along the way
on how to do some other techniques, as well. So to start, I usually have an extension cord
and then I use the Andis AGC 2-Speed Clippers. I use a T-10 blade for the body and for some
legs and some trickier spots I’ll use the 10 blade, which is just a little bit of a
shorter blade. It’s not quite as long. And I just have a brush on hand to brush off
any excess hair. A clean horse, I think, first and foremost
is the most important thing that you need to have. Secondly, good clippers. Nice, sharp, clean blades. If you have dull blades, again, it just doesn’t
cut as well. If they’re dirty, they don’t move as quickly. So those things are really important. I usually start with the head and then I go
to the legs and then I do the body, just because I find the clippers are cool and they are
honestly the most patient at the start. So you want to go against the hair. I mean if you go with it, nothing is going
to clip off so you just kind of have to turn it around and go the other way. That’s also the way to prevent the lines. You just have to clip with the way that the
hair grows. There are areas where you’ll see the hair
grows in a different direction, especially down in the chest or if they have whorls or
anything those are spots where you’ve got to go the other way. I try to just use long tracks. If there are lines, if you can kinda go back
at them almost in a different direction, and you can blend them a bit. I never try to clip them the day before we’re
going to a show. I like to give them a day or two, cause there’s
always going to be lines no matter what or how well you do it. You’re going to have lines. There are just tricky areas. The knees, the hocks, the elbow area cause
the skin is kind of wrinkly there, so you might notice, I will pull at the skin and
hold it taut so that I can go through there smoother. I don’t think it’s the most comfortable for
them. It’s not like clipping their sides where there’s
nothing, it’s just smooth, easy clipping. It just takes a little more time and just
looking twice to make sure you got everything. If I have one that is sensitive, they’re nervous
about the clipping. Lupino here, he came from Europe and clipping
the ears isn’t very common. A lot of countries you’re not even allowed
to clip their ears. (buzzing) Hi, I know. You know, he started to get upset so I kind
of just try to take it slow. Turn them off, rub them on his ears. Even just the noise of it – cause it’s loud
and it’s obviously a sensitive area. You just have to go slow and I felt that he
was spookier about having the right ear done, so I would stop that, go to the left ear,
do that and kind of just not get into a battle with him. If they really put up a fight, I find it’s
easier to just stop, move on, and maybe come back to it. It’s not worth having a bad experience, so
that then in the future they really don’t want you to ever touch them. Good boy. Good boy. My biggest tip would be just practice. It’s just something that you have to do and
if you’re not sure, have someone that’s done it before help you, show you. Watching other people, you know and having
a nice patient horse. You don’t want to learn on one that doesn’t
enjoy being clipped or is frightened of it. It takes a lot of practice and time. If you’re getting frustrated, I would just
stop. There are plenty of days – if I have one that’s
not cooperating, I just put them back in the stable and come back the next day or in a
couple of hours. It’s a long process for everyone. Check out SmartPak’s Ultimate Blanketing Guide
for everything you could ever want to know about clipping and blanketing. SmartPak also offers free shipping on orders
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them for the right size. Thanks for watching and have a great ride.


24 Responses

  1. The equestrian Freak

    October 18, 2017 8:07 pm

    lol you guys had to update when she said "go with the hair" to "go against the hair" i have watched this 3 times i definitely noticed lol li like how you read your comments unlike some people

  2. Bonnie Hundley

    October 18, 2017 8:31 pm

    The most important result of clipping involves having all of the horse hair stick to you. Egad, it's itchy! The old pro horses that get clipped all the time tend to be put into a pleasant chill out mode from the buzz. Horse is now officially naked meaning that SmartPak will have somebody needing to buy a blanket.

  3. Sea Equine

    October 19, 2017 2:21 am

    I bet one person will be like



  4. Sappy Bones

    November 5, 2017 2:29 pm

    I've always wanted to clip a horse. Not for the purpose of clipping it, I just want to watch the satisfaction of clipping

  5. Lucy Charlotte

    November 11, 2017 5:37 pm

    The Horse didn’t even have a lot of hair. Literally no point on doing this unless there are significantly hairy because your blades get blunt, it takes a lot of time and most horses don’t enjoy it.

  6. juan Castillo

    January 16, 2018 1:51 am

    Hi 🙂 try different clippers.

    Yours is only lest then 4000 s.p.m

    When u buy and other clippers make sure the are a lest 9000 s.p.m that will save u a lot time and no to many liens .

    And if u use blades 10 is cut faster then t84 .

    Good lucky:)

  7. Equine Soul

    May 21, 2018 2:31 am

    Why didn't you clip a saddle patch to prevent ingrown hairs? That's what my barn does.

  8. KayEventing 2001

    May 27, 2018 11:45 pm

    I need to clip my horse but I'm scared I'm going to clip the hair too short. How short is too short

  9. NoirVelours

    August 9, 2018 3:36 am

    Sorry if my opinion is different by why can't human appreciate horse naturally? The horse looked way more gorgeous with its coat. I might be wrong but it seems like a clever thing from sellers to have people buy horse blankets and make money.

  10. ngc - 4889

    November 18, 2018 3:26 pm

    Why are they clipping the horse when it has barely any hair? Also, I thought you clip horses mostly for winter?

  11. kodieack kodie

    July 4, 2019 2:57 am

    I need to clip one of my horses because he sweats profusely and he has a really thick summer coat (its his breed) ,so in winter after giving him a workout even if he has a big winter blanket and a huge winter coat he still freezes (he can't stand to stay in a stall for even an hour ,he goes crazy and tries to do whatever he can to get out even if he can interact with his buddies) and in summer with his thick coat he over heats and he's even hate a stroke due to how hot he got and clipping has helped all of that .he does great with it and actually enjoys not having all of that hair on him ,but he hates having a short mane and with the mane even if I French braid it ,its a hassel to clip his neck….he's a lot of work but I appreciate him a lot and love him so so much too


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