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    02-08-2012, 11:37 AM
Red face Clipping- please help!

Hey everyone!
I have a two year old quarter horse gelding that I started showing this past summer. He is very calm, and has a great disposition.
HOWEVER- when the clippers come out, it's a little different story.
He's not super afraid of them, and let's me completely clip his bridle path, fetlocks, and jaw line, even around his eyes, no problem.
However, when we get to his nose, he will NOT have it. He freaks out, pulls back, snorts, etc. I understand that this is an extremely sensitive spot for him, as it has been for horses I've clipped before. He lets me hold the running clipper on his nose, but when the blade touches him there, that's when he freaks. Do any of you have any suggestions? I know repetition is a must, but do I need better clippers? Quieter, better quality blade, etc? If so, which ones do you suggest? I'm willing to spend a little more for a higher quality clipper if it'll do the job, but within reason!
Thanks all, I really appreciate it!!
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    02-08-2012, 11:44 AM
If you must clip the muzzle, I find these are the easiest way to do it:
    02-08-2012, 11:56 AM
What clippers are you using?
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    02-08-2012, 12:00 PM
I just found out about those little nose shavers this fall.. Thank you, Anebel!

SEAmom- I just have a little pair of oster finisher clippers with the chord. He doesn't mind the chord at all, but I'm wondering if they might not be strong enough, and just causing a pull instead of a clip!
    02-08-2012, 12:29 PM
In my experience, those do better with the finer hair around the ears than with the thicker, coarser hair around the muzzle. Unless the blades have just been sharpened, you are probably pulling the hairs more than you think. I would look for a considerably higher rpm, corded or cordless doesn't matter.
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    02-08-2012, 02:02 PM
I thought that may have been the problem.. Thanks a bunch!

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