Roaching - ?s for those who use human clippers.
So, due to a fungal infection, I had to chop off a part of my mare's mane. Of course I am going to roach it to make it even and I am going to use my EXTREME heavy duty human clippers. Her mane is really thin so I know they can handle it.
My question is, what size blade guards? I have only ever done a bridle path with them and it was the smallest or next to smallest guard, can't remember what number it was.
Anyone know or care to take a guess?
Thanks in advance. :-)
My clippers are human ones and I've never used a guard... I actually tried using a gaurd once but the blade clogged nearly immediately so I had to take it off.
Post-guard-removal, I discovered that they actually work just fine without a guard. I think mine have a "size 10" blade on them which, if I remember correctly, is the size you want to make sure you don't go all the way down to skin.
I might be wrong, but I think I remember reading that 15's are for whiskers/muzzles (closer clip) and 10's are for body clipping/roaching. You could probably use a 15 for roaching but that might be getting awfully close, I've used a 15 for roaching before and I definitely prefer using a 10.
No blade guard. Just oil them good and make sure you shampoo her mane and get it real clean, down to the roots. If you clip dirty, you'll dull your blades really quick and it pulls then. Just be sure to use a disinfecting blade cleaner after you're done, so you don't spread the fungus to anyone else, horse or people.
I use people clippers too and I never use blade guards. And my guy has pretty thick mane. Once you've done it, it's not too difficult to maintain it. I keep my boy roached all the time. You'll of course want to cut the length with scissors first and get as close as you can with them, but then just use the plain clippers. Lay them flat and clip against the grain because otherwise it'll just lay down on you and you'll slip over it. It'll take a little time. I'm such a perfectionist, I actually try to shape my guys neck a little with his cut. And yes, as mentioned, keep those blades clean and oiled.
Thanks very much for the advice guys! I appreciate it greatly.
And DCA, I will definitely clean everything. I am going to sanatize her stall tomorrow where she was scratching her neck. I think it's ringwom. Yuck!
Well, I thought I remembered seeing '10' on the blade but I was wrong. So, I have no clue what size the blade is. It does have a taper lever on the side, though I don't know if that would do any good.
I would go ahead and use it. While it is preferable to have a #10 blade, if it is shorter, it won't really hurt anything.
Another thing to watch out for, make sure that the blade doesn't start getting hot.
Thanks, smrobs. I actually have two pair of clippers, so if one does overheat I can swap.
If it looks bad, oh well. It will grow. It needs to be done for her health so I can deal with a fugly horse for a few months. LOL.
I feel for you - I once had a 2 yr old that developed a bad case of rot on his entire body (later on we figured out it was some sort of immuno-disorder with a secondary skin infection) but it was the middle of winter and I had to body clip him and give him betadine baths every day! I burned up two pairs of the cheapy Oster human clippers shaving off his scraggly winter coat.
Messy job - hope it clears up really quick!
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