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  • Starting work on your horse after the summer break
  • Trace clip blanketing

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    07-27-2012, 01:17 AM
Clipping Questions Answered

If you have any questions about clipping then see if they are below if there not post a comment and I will find the question out for you.Hope I answer your questions.happy reading

Different Types of Horse Clips
  1. Under Belly and Neck Clip
  2. The Low Trace Clip
  3. The High Trace Clip
  4. The Blanket Clip
  5. The Hunter Clip
  6. The Full Clip
What Time of Year Should You Clip Your Horses

You should clip your horses as the summer draws to an end and the evenings start to drop in temperature

Should I Clip My Horse
  1. If your horse gets hot during exercise
  2. Cold and damp whilst waiting to dry in cold weather
  3. If your horse grows a heavy coat and breaks into a sweat after a small amount of exercise
Where to Start Clipping Your Horse

You normally start clipping from the shoulder and work your way up the neck and across the body.
If you are new to clipping I would recommend myself to start under the belly incase you make a couple of bad runs
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    07-27-2012, 01:27 AM
More specific information would be very helpful... things such as:
- Photos, showing the different types of clip options
- When one should clip, and re-clip their horses (I generally find once their winter coat starts growing in, then again in about January/Feb)
- One should only clip if their horses are in enough work to warrant it, and are able to blanket accordingly; suggest which clip is best for what circumstance, and blanketing options for them.

As for starting to clip under the belly if you're not experienced... I would warn against that, actually.... Most horses are most sensitive to the clippers on their bellies, and you don't want to find out that you're awful at clipping while the horse is trying to take a swing at you because they're terrified and/or ticklish..
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    07-27-2012, 01:38 AM
Green Broke
No mention of clipping for Summer.

I clipped several horses at the beginning of Summer simply because they have Cushings, do not shed out properly and would be miserable otherwise.

Theses same horses are not clipped for Winter as they get cold extremely easily.
    07-27-2012, 01:54 AM
Oops sorry I forgot to do that I apolagise again soz Delfina
    07-27-2012, 01:58 AM
If you don't beleve me justdressageit look it up its true
    07-27-2012, 04:55 AM
Green Broke
I agree with Justdressageit.

Never ever start under the belly, better to end up with a few cliplines than a kicked in head. I get paid to clip horses and I train some people to Clip as well.

Always wear a helmet when clipping a nervous horse or when clipping a horse you don't know or when clipping a horse for the first time.

You need to keep the baldes sharp and well lubricated and start with a very clean coat as this will help prevent your blades from getting blunt. Tension in the blades is critical, too little and the clippers will pinch and rattle and not work properly, too much and your clippers are going to get very hot very quickly.
    08-01-2012, 06:26 AM
To keep clipper blades nice and sharp and cool, run the blades frequently in a mix of 50% kerosene and 50% engine oil. From one set of blades I got 35 full clips without having to sharpen them.

The mix flushes out the hair from the workings and cools the blades. Tip clippers on their sides to clear excess oilbefore whiping on a clean towel.
    10-24-2012, 05:40 PM
Tnavas, would another kind of oil work? Like mineral oil? The only engine oil I have is currently in the engine of my car and I don't think that would do the trick :P
    10-24-2012, 06:00 PM
Originally Posted by foreveramber    
Tnavas, would another kind of oil work? Like mineral oil? The only engine oil I have is currently in the engine of my car and I don't think that would do the trick :P
Just buy a small bottle of Engine oil from the service station.

Not sure about using mineral oil.

Engine Oil is designed to work at a high temperature and the Kerosene reduces the thicknes of the oil making it work well for the clippers
    10-28-2012, 05:54 PM
Thanks Tnavas
Would you experienced clippers clip the belly of a horse that's turned out (blanketed) 24/7? Just curious on your opinions because the ones I've read have been mixed.

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