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post #11 of 16 Old 07-14-2010, 04:38 PM
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Your reference to #5 and #10 blades make me think you're using something similiar to an A-5 clipper with snap-on blades? Really not truly a body clipper? Which is a good way to ruin an expensive pair of clippers. What you need, even to do a trace clip on a full coated horse, is something like this:

Dover Saddlery | Oster Variable Speed Clipmaster Horse Clipper .

the important feature is the adjustable tension on the blades.
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post #12 of 16 Old 07-14-2010, 06:54 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I am using a snap on blade clipper.... I didn't even know there were different types. I feel like and idiot now. Well next time I'll get even more specific with my questions. My friend (who body clips her dogs) told me that these clippers could handle the job, she paid like $200 for them. The other horse friend told me they would do it too.. But that would explain the overheating in like 10 minutes probably huh?

I'll have to save up then and buy some good clippers. Thanks for letting me know.. At least I learned something new and didn't kill her clippers!
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post #13 of 16 Old 07-14-2010, 07:19 PM
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I should have been clearer - some of the really expensive snap on blade clippers can do a body clip; but on a horse that is clipped regularly, like a show horse kept under lights. We used to use them to do the head and neck clips on foals.

When I worked at hunt/show/event barns, you always had two sets of clippers - the big, heavy duty body clippers with the tension screw like I linked to and a smaller set for trim work. The smaller set was sometimes a just an ear and head trimmer; the better arrangement was if the smaller set was the snap on blade type like an Oster A - 5. You could use them for legs, the head and any touchy, ticklish areas, not just ears and muzzle.


If you clipped your Cushing's horse frequently, before the hair got long and coarse, you'd probably be okay with the snap on blade type.

But if the horse has a lot of coat, you want the type I linked to. It's also *tons* faster.

Also, the snap on blade type, even with a 5 blade, clips closer than the body clipper, not necessarily a good thing in the middle of summer.


And bless you for going to all this work to make this horse comfortable.
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Thanks Maura, really it's easy to do all this work for her. I've had her forever and she put up with so much crap when I was a teenager going through those "run fast, ride hard" years. Not only do I owe it to her, but I love her, so it's a pleasure to see her doing so well now. She had a couple of really rough years where she was morbidly obese all her hair fell out and my parents thought she wouldn't make another year. I moved home, put her on a diet, started hand walking her and the difference is amazing. After her brother died (that was sad, they'd been together like 26-27 years never a day apart) I brought Soda home and I swear it was like turning back the clock. Anyways, I'm rambling a bit, but I'll take some pics of my motheaten girl this weekend and post them.

Oh and I'll definitely get a pair of those clippers, thanks for the advice!
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post #15 of 16 Old 07-16-2010, 11:31 AM
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I used to clip my daughters cushings horse with an Oster clipper with a 10 blade. Just kept the blade cool during the clipping and traded them off alot, had two or three on hand. The clippers did a great job and never had an issue with ruining them.
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I have used my 15 yro andis AG clippers for body clipping and they did fine just took longer...Just had to stop to let the clippers cool some...

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