Originally Posted by Malda
Thanks for your response. I've never heard of Andis clippers, but I looked them up and they're getting very good reviews. Price isn't too bad either. I'm trying to find ones with a battery, not a cord. He's never been clipped before and I want to desensitize him to the clippers in a round pen rather than the cross-ties so we don't have any accidents. I've quickly learned that Icelandics don't take to new things very well and rival Arabs in the "panic first, think later" department.
So I guess I'll get him two water-proof blankets, one for night and a sheet for the day. I'm like you and I ride a lot, five days a week, all year long. He really needs to be clipped.
If you're going to clip, why not try a trace clip instead of full body? That way he's not 'buck nekkid' and has some hair to protect him. I'm referring to the 3rd pic, The TRACE clip: Clipping
If you bathe him really well and then use a deep oil conditioner on his coat before you clip him, spray a little Show Sheen on his fur, the clippers will sail through the hair like a hot knife through butter. I don't like battery powered clippers for anything more than maybe ears, faces and fetlock touch ups, they don't last long enough and tend to be kind of under powered. For a really hairy horse, I like my Clipmasters but those are pretty expensive for someone who doesn't clip often. I finish off with an Oster Turbo A5 to even things out, Clipmasters aren't great for finish clipping. Oster ClipMaster Variable Speed Clipper | PetEdge.com
You can knock down a really hairy coat in less than 30 mins with the Clipmasters. Oster A5 Turbo 2-Speed Professional Animal Clipper - Free Shipping
The A5 can handle a thick coat, but because the blades are about 1/3 as wide as the Clipmasters, it takes a LOT longer. They will do a good finish job if you use a couple different blades. I start with a 5 and go to a 10 for the body, if you don't want to get too close, and then I use a 30 for face, 40 for muzzle, eyes and ears.
Neither of these clippers is known for being quiet, but I use them on foals with no problems. I just start at about the shoulder and rub them all over the horse without turning them on. Then I turn them on and rub all over again, but I don't touch them with the blades until they relax and stand still for them. I generally start desensitizing a day or 2 before I want to start, and with a new horse that hasn't been clipped, I keep it short. 15 mins and quit, come back later in the day or the next day. Slow and easy does it and the horses usually end up being really good to clip. Just don't get into senisitive or ticklish spots too soon. I also keep a bowl of Blade Wash close and clean the blades every 2nd or 3rd pass, so they don't get hot.