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  • What blade do I use for bridle path clipping

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    05-03-2010, 11:17 PM
  #11
Trained
It all depends on your preference; I prefer the bridle path short...so I use a 15 blade. In the winter, I use a 7 blade, though, to prevent the cold from irritating the area from it being too short.

If you don't show, it doesn't matter if it's 'smooth' so you could use shears over it; just becareful, as you could snip yourself or your horse if the horse jerks, or shakes his head at the wrong time!!! Well...atleast the shears I use will do damage quickly...as they are super sharp for dog grooming, hahaha.
     
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    05-03-2010, 11:25 PM
  #12
Yearling
I would clip it if you had clippers. I just prefer clippers as they're quicker, easier and they produce a much better look. I generally lay the ear flat on the neck and clip the bridle path back to the tip of the ear.
     
    05-04-2010, 08:26 PM
  #13
Weanling
Good to know. I will bring my clippers out with a #7 blade and see how it goes
     
    05-04-2010, 11:01 PM
  #14
Foal
I usually use scissors but I have also used clippers on occasion. I think it all depends on what you are comfortable with.
     
    05-04-2010, 11:13 PM
  #15
Green Broke
If you decide to go with clippers on any part of your horse but you aren't sure how your horse will handle it you can try getting one of those cheap battery operated motorized toothbrush as they sound about the same. Slowly move up and around the head and if you get towards the top and your horse suddenly does a head toss that launches them out of your hand...better a 5 dollar toothbrush than a 250 dollar pair of clippers.

I usually do this every day for a month or so with a new horse until I can "pretend clip" it's nose, bridle path, ears and feet as if we were getting ready for a show...then I pull out the clippers and i'm usually fine.
     
    05-04-2010, 11:18 PM
  #16
Trained
Cinny, I never thought about that before, regarding desensitizing to the sound of clippers using a toothbrush...that's ingenious!! Lol! Although most toothbrushes are louder than my cordless clipper, I would prefer to desensitize them using that than my, you said it over 250$ cordless! Lol!!! I'm not 'as' concerned when it comes to "my" own horse breaking my equipement, but if it's another person's horse...you can never be certain they would be willing to replace it you know???
     
    05-04-2010, 11:24 PM
  #17
Green Broke
Oh, I almost fogot...use the handle part to touch the horse so it feels the vibration, not the brush part...don't want to poke an eye out or bust a horsie eardrum.
     
    05-05-2010, 02:08 PM
  #18
Trained
My horses love the feel of the clippers on their nose. Once they get a feel for it then love to play with the clippers while they are getting their trims. Past that I do not do bridle paths just nose eyes and ears.
     
    05-05-2010, 03:15 PM
  #19
Showing
I have always used sheep shears to trim the bridle paths on my horses. Not every horse needs them but I like for mine to have them just cause it looks a little neater and makes bridling a touch easier. However, I don't make mine very long, maybe 2 inches. Just enough for the bridle to fit in there. However, shears are not for the untrained horse or the faint of heart handler.

What I use is similar to this.
     
    05-05-2010, 04:04 PM
  #20
Weanling
If you are clipping for a show, the length of the bridle path varies by breed. For AQHA and APHA, you clip back the length of the horse's ear (lay their ear flat back to get the correct spot). If you are clipping just to keep it manageable, you can clip a much smaller area.
     

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