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post #11 of 21 Old 11-21-2013, 03:29 PM
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Oh! Okay, cool.
Do you have any clipping tips? I'll be doing it myself because I don't have any money to pay anyone... I would think it would be expensive. Haha
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post #12 of 21 Old 11-21-2013, 03:56 PM
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Unless you already have a decent pair of clippers, it will probably be cheaper to get someone to do it for you. Around here I believe a trace clip starts at about $50.

I bought a decent pair of clippers to use for my dog about 3 years ago, for ~$90 Canadian. I decided to give them a shot on my mare and did an extended bib clip. It came out decent, not perfectly even and took quite a while to do, and my horse was pretty good for it. She's not the type to fall asleep while getting clipped, like some, but she also wasn't concerned about the clippers, just about having to stand still. If you have a horse who is afraid of the clippers or won't stand tied for long, that's something else to take in to consideration.

If you do decide to do it yourself, there is a lot of information about how to clip via a quick google.

How to clip your horse, from Lister Shearing
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Lexie- clipping is easy if your horse holds still. Make sure to give the horse a REALLY GOOD bath before clipping. The cleaner the horse the easier it is for the blades to slide through the hair and the faster you are done.

Always clip against the direction of the hair. Straight lines are easy as long as you are directly against the direction of the hair, if you angle the clippers at all you will get crooked lines.

I paid $60 for Pro pet clippers by Andis. They are a few years old and work for all my animals. Size 10 clipper blade is standard and what most people use for clipping.
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post #14 of 21 Old 11-22-2013, 06:59 AM
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You need to clip ASAP so the horse has a chance to acclimate to her new "coat" conditions before the worst of the winter cold & damp arrive.
Many horses get their first clip in October to early November in the northeast...but it is done as they need it...sounds like your needs it for sure.
With the combination of blankets available you can layer on and remove according to the weather conditions. You should be able to get through most of winter pretty good by clipping in the next few days to weeks{as in 2}.
If she is a real heavy sweater you might need to re-clip late winter but be careful when you do that or you could actually clip the tips of her new spring/summer coat off...she then would look not shiny so much as she sheds out and in her "new" coat till she again looses her clipped tipped hairs with the continual shedding horses do year round, just like us with our hair... you constantly loose and replace.

Remember to cover her as soon as you finish riding, like while just walking her down, so she not get a chill once she is done...

Clipping as others have described can turn out the better job.

I would suggest though...
Have at least 2 pair of "standard" clippers {motor part} available as this is not a small simple job and the motor is going to get don't want it to fail. Horses are more sensitive to heat than many sensitive areas first if possible to avoid issues.
I would strongly suggest you have multiple sets of blades on hand to work with. You can always return what you don't open or use, but needing them and not having them available is a bummer!
If you have never body clipped you will be moving much slower than a experienced equine clipper.
Blades get hot and dull quickly even if the horse is what you think is sparkling clean...dander, dust and skin oils dull the blades.
Blade lube is a must too. If the blades feel warm to you, they feel hotter to the horse and then some horses are unhappy, real unhappy.
Don't be afraid to do this not all at once. It is tough for the horse with their patience and being so still for a longer time than they are accustomed to. You may need to do this over several days too, that is OK too.

If you have access to Large Animal Clippers..use them!
The less strokes of the blade the less lines and faster it will go.

I would also suggest you look up what length the large animal clippers cut to and best match that length with whatever clipper you are going to be using.
I don't know how "long" a #10 is but it may be to short for a animal body clip to be honest, or it may be just right.
Check and decide if there is a difference what you and more importantly your horse will be most comfortable with.

I would ask a experienced person who has done body clipping
{trainer maybe} to be around in case you run into difficulties or have a "how do I..."...some words of wisdom and guidance/help at the time of actually doing the clip will help you immensely just in moral support if nothing else.

Good luck and happy clipping.
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post #15 of 21 Old 11-22-2013, 08:09 AM
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Thank you everyone!

My trainer said I could come and watch when she clips her guys... But that may not be for a while yet..

My friend, who is a groomer, said she has clippers that I could borrow and possibly buy from her.
I have a cheap Whal pair that I got for 30 dollars, but I've decided that they probably wouldn't work very well.
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post #16 of 21 Old 11-22-2013, 10:42 AM
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If you have a groomer as a friend ask her opinion of what brand to get if you need to purchase any. Groomers are tough on their clippers only because they get a lot of daily use not abuse...but much on & off of the motor, heat up and cool down and change blades frequently...all things to consider.

Also ask about single versus 2-speed and turbo powered clippers.
Many brands offer these as options....if you are going to spend $$, do it right the first time and not need to replace them again for quite some time.

I have and am very happy with the Oster line.
I have A5 clippers in single, double and turbo speeds...I seem to collect them like others collect figurines.
I also have a single speed and variable speed large animal clipper also by Oster/Sunbeam.

I have never had any problems with mine and have had them for many many years...true workhorses.

There are many "newer" companies and products on the market them out and again ask a recommendation from your friend and trainer.
I hear good and bad about all brands so do take that into consideration.

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Yeah, a smaller pair probably won't do the trick. You'll need something a bit on the heavy duty side...

A hunt clip was $150 when I had someone else do it, so the clippers pretty much pay for themselves after two clips if you've got the time and know-how to do it.

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Well.. my clippers did the job with ease.. she doesn't have a thick coat and I didn't do a traditional clip.

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post #20 of 21 Old 11-22-2013, 07:23 PM
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Good! That clip is very similar I did the my mare at the beginning of the week. And you can always cut more if you need to.
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