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Advice for body clipping

I have a lovely RMHA gelding who grows enough hair for an Alaskan winter; but we live in 'Bama! Our weather here is bipolar; can be in the 70's one day and 30's the next in winter!

This past October at the 2018 HF Meet-Greet-Ride the weather warmed up to t-shirt weather and my poor Chivas got overheated causing us to not be able to ride as far or as fast as we normally do. Plus stressing me out as I was very worried about his health.


So I realized that I will have to clip him and keep his clip maintained every year, or I won't be able to ride like I want to.


Plan to do a trace or blanket clip, mainly because with my long work hours it is hard to rotate blankets much.


So why do I need advice? Well...I have no electricity at the barn, and so will need a cordless clipper capable of body clipping a horse every month or so.


The cost a lot of money, and I want something I can use that will work. Chivas has never had a clipper used on him and I have never clipped a horse before...when I was showing horses always just paid a pro to clip, which is no longer an option

Any advice on clippers and/or techniques??
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Many years ago I bought a pair of Laube clippers. I found these great although not cheap.

The battery - you get supplied with two, last about 45 minutes working hard. Blades are interchangeable from narrow to wide and there is a speed regulator. Also they can be used from the mains.

As for clipping get the horse as clean as you can. If it is a new horse I usually start on the shoulder to glean their reaction.

When I first started clipping I found the best way to get straight lines with a trace clip was to get two pieces of bailer twine, then tie them around the horse, turning the clippers at right angles to the horse, run them around the string. This gives a sharp edge with a thick coat.

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