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post #1 of 16 Old 12-02-2011, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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So I just bought clippers!

I bought them for the cyber monday sale from Chick's so they're not expensive....only 10 dollars lol. I wasn't going to spend a lot when I've never clipped before haha.

Anyways, I was wondering how do you clip a horses face? I wanna clip Cowboy's whiskers lol, his ears, bridle path, and fetlocks.

I've been working on desentizing his face and he has no problem with his ears and muzzle being touched because when I didn't have clippers I just cut it all with scissors haha. Anyways, is there a technique to any of this ?

Btw my clippers haven't arrived yet ._. But these are the clippers I ordered.

Http://www.chicksaddlery.com/page/CDS/PROD/2501/MCC898
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post #2 of 16 Old 12-03-2011, 05:39 PM Thread Starter
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anyone ??
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post #3 of 16 Old 12-03-2011, 06:44 PM
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Your link doesn't work, but I cut & paste. Those are ultra cheap ones. Just use those for the ears, because I think that's all those will handle before the motor slows down & won't be strong enough to clip without leaving big tracks no matter what blade you use. Also I am pretty sure that it comes with the lowest of the low blade quality, they won't sharpen properly to make them cut better, the steel is too low quality. My first clippers, eons ago, where similiar to that, and I paid more than you paid. If you're not showing, stick with your scissors & only use those for when you are showing or something special. For a perfect whisker trim, I don't even use clippers & I own a very expensive set, I use scissors, then a disposable razor, best close shave ever. Those clippers you ordered will work great to desensitize him though. First start off by running them over where ever you will be clipping him, but keep them turned off. When he accepts that, turn them on, you don't even have to clip, turn them around so they are not touching his fur, and get him used to the motor vibration. Hope this helps you out.
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post #4 of 16 Old 12-03-2011, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! And I will be showing next year :3
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post #5 of 16 Old 12-03-2011, 08:41 PM
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YouTube is your friend. I asked for ShoPro chippers from SpartPak ($35) for Christmas, so I'm hoping they work out alright.


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post #6 of 16 Old 12-03-2011, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! That video was very helpful
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post #7 of 16 Old 12-04-2011, 10:53 AM
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You're welcome. Here's a link to your clippers; it didn't imbed when you posted:

Saddles Tack Horse Supplies - ChickSaddlery.com Multi Cut Adjustable Blade Clippers <>
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I think I watched the video posted before, it's very helpful. I want to add some horses don't let their ears to be trimmed no matter what (I spent months trying to desensitize my qh and wasn't successful, I know at least 3 other people here on forum with the same issue). So I use scissors on her ears.

As for muzzles usually there are no issues, but it may take time for them to learn it's OK (I used lots of carrots when I started lol!).

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One thing I have noticed about desensitizing colts to clippers, is not to start directly in the middle of their muzzle, for example, on their lips and lower chin. I will usually start with the clippers upside down to fade the hair on their jowls, they seem to except that pretty well, and then work my way down to the muzzle on the sides and finally the front like in between their nostrils.

Also if you decide to invest in a different set of clippers, I have been very happy with my Oster Golden A5's. I found my set used on EBay for $85 and came with two different Cryogen blades. They were an older set but in perfect condition.

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Thanks for the tips guys. I'm going to hopefully go easy on these clippers until I can afford and to talk my mom into letting be get a better pair :) these are just to clean up his muzzle and the outside of his ears to make him look more shapely. Probably going to do it once this year, then once before our showing season starts since I'll be showing 4h, in which they won't mind his whiskers :3

And thanks for the tips guys
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