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        04-02-2009, 12:23 PM
      #11
    Foal
    I had some human clippers beore, and they actually handled bridlepaths well (I think the stiff hair was easy on them), faces were ok, but they choked out a lot on leg hair. Oh well, for $15 they worked for me.

    Anyway....there is a chance that the horse will be upset by them. You can do some work desensitizing her before you actually clip. Rub them all over her turned off first (she should be ok with this if she's used to normal grooming, but start at the beginning y'know), then turn them on and hold them against her and move them around (just the machine, not the blade...you aren't cutting yet!) so she can get used to the vibrations. Start on non-threatening areas like her shoulder, then move out to the more sensitive stuff like her face.

    I've found most of my horses don't mind their chins being done at all though, and it's not a place where clipping mistakes will be so blindingly obvious, it really is a good place for you to start. You don't want to go too short down there, so use little pressure. Never cut firmly against the hair, unless you want a shaved look. If you are trying to blend in clipped to non clipped areas, always go with the hair.

    Edit to add - keep clippers clean and oil them as you use them. If hte blades get hot, stop and take a break.
         
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        04-02-2009, 12:53 PM
      #12
    Showing
    Thanks so much, Pally! Great advices!
         
        04-02-2009, 04:11 PM
      #13
    Showing
    Can I ask a question too? When you do the face, do you do the lip whiskers? I heard that's how a horse "feels" what its eating. Sort of like a cats whiskers and the feelers on them.
    Kitten, I buy walmart human clippers for my Scottish terriers. I clip them all (4 dogs) myself several times a year and they hold up fairly well. I do order new blades for them every few years though. My husband finally made me buy a set for him. I was using the same ones on him as on the dogs and he was getting a little grossed out by it
         
        04-02-2009, 04:19 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    Can I ask a question too? When you do the face, do you do the lip whiskers? I heard that's how a horse "feels" what its eating. Sort of like a cats whiskers and the feelers on them.
    Kitten, I buy walmart human clippers for my Scottish terriers. I clip them all (4 dogs) myself several times a year and they hold up fairly well. I do order new blades for them every few years though. My husband finally made me buy a set for him. I was using the same ones on him as on the dogs and he was getting a little grossed out by it
    My horses always have their wiskers trimmed during show season and they have never seemed to have a problem eating. My horse can pick any little piece (like supplements) out of his grain that he chooses to.
         
        04-02-2009, 04:23 PM
      #15
    Showing
    Thank you Laura, It was one of those stupid questions I figured I would slide in on someone else's post
         
        04-03-2009, 08:33 AM
      #16
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
    Kitten, I buy walmart human clippers for my Scottish terriers
    May be I'll just give it a try then. Horse clippers are more expensive (just checked the Dover), so considering I only need to trim those "billy goat" part I may try Walmart ones. 4 dogs! Wow! I limited myself to just 2 (big ones though).
         

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