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post #1 of 5 Old 10-23-2011, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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I ride my horse usually 5 days a week all year long. Last year I spent nearly 30 minutes a day walking him out because his hair was to thick and wasnt drying fast enough so this year im going to clip him. I borrowed some more hefty clippers and have a friend whos going to help me because this is my first time, so far with what ive looked into im going to do a modified eventer clip (I ride western so im doing a bigger saddle spot) but does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Thankyou!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-23-2011, 02:54 PM
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Make sure you have freshly sharpened blades!!! And, make sure your horse is spotlessly clean. Dirt in the coat will dull the blades really quickly.

If your blades are dull, the blades will pinch the horse, making him VERY cranky. Ask me how I know.....
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Thanks! I gave him a bath yesterday and got brand new clippers so hopefully im good to go :)
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 10:49 PM
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Instead of buying cleaner/lubricant specifically for clippers, just pick up 1/4 gal of diesel fuel from the gas station. Cheaper, and it'll last you all winter season. We just dip the clipper blades (still running) in the diesel and it cools them and cleans off the dirt and hair built up from what you've clipped so far. Also, do long, smooth swipes, not short ones. It'll create less lines. I also like to have a brush on hand to brush off excess hair as I clip. If possible, clip on a warm day so you can bathe right after. :)
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-24-2011, 10:57 PM
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UGH on the diesel fuel, it stinks. The Kool Lube smells better and it's not THAT expensive for one horse. A can will last me through several clippings.

I like to bathe my horse right before I clip, then give him a 'hot oil' conditioning treatment by putting conditioner on him, covering with a cooler and letting him stand in the sun for about 1/2 hr and then I rinse the conditioner out and let him dry. Once he's dry I spray a little Laser Sheen or Show Sheen on him, the clippers run through the hair like a knife through hot butter. Then I rinse him off and condition him again (whole hot oil treatment again so he doesn't look all dry)and then rinse again. Once you're done he'll look BEEEEYOOOOTEEEFULLL and shiney. Then of course, you have to day sheet him and blanket him daily but it's worth it not to have to walk him out for hours at a time. I used to have a YAK and a 1 hr ride netted a 4 hr walk everytime.

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