First time body clip - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 13 Old 11-23-2018, 06:53 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,084
• Horses: 4
If you clip, you MUST replace what you remove with blankets. Blanket according to temperature and your individual horse - for instance my mare is naked above 15C even clipped. Under that she has a rainsheet and a cotton. Under 12 she has a light filled and a cotton. Under 10, she has a medium, and under 5, she has a heavy. If it drops below freezing, she has two heavies. We are in Australia and she is used to a relatively mild climate. She's also a relatively hot horse and will sweat if too warm.

I had another horse that was used to HOT weather ALL the time, and he had multiple heavies on from about 15 down. Even in the height of summer he had a light lined canvas on at night! Couldn't keep weight on him otherwise. He was a rescue before I bought him and I think that contributed.

I have also had horses that had lower thresholds. It's trial and error, if your horse sweats under the blanket it's too heavy for the weather & if your horse is dropping weight, then chances are it's not heavy enough (though over-blanketing can cause them to sweat weight off too).

blue eyed pony is offline  
post #12 of 13 Old 11-23-2018, 07:20 AM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2013
Posts: 12,630
• Horses: 0
Mu apologies,...
I just realized the photo examples did not show on my original post...

I'll try again...
A article from Dover Saddlery about a few clips on horses done..

Now, for those pictures..

And do remember, all clips can be done with variations, or make up your own to best meet the needs of your horse.
Good clippers, a good handler of those clippers to design and execute the creation needed/wanted and the biggest is a cooperative horse to stand still and quietly while clipping is a must.
If you've never done this and have no idea of how the horse will react to his body being shaved...hire a professional for the first time so the job is completed quickly and effectively with minimal upset to the horse.
Horses can react differently to their body being shaved than a face and muzzle many times.


The worst day is instantly better when shared with my horse.....
horselovinguy is offline  
post #13 of 13 Old 11-23-2018, 07:55 AM
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Australia
Posts: 7,084
• Horses: 4
^ I did a modified hunter clip for my mare's first in my ownership. I left legs and ears on, and took everything else off. I'd have clipped her ears out too if she'd let me. Legs were left on in the hope that the fluff would offer her a little more protection from injury as she is highly accident prone.

It did not.

A full clip is the easiest if you're not confident making neat lines with the clippers, but also requires the heaviest blanketing (and often paddock boots to keep the legs warm, and a hood for the face!). A chaser or trace is a nice middle-of-the-road clip but that's a lot of lines to try to get looking even. You can mark your lines with chalk or duct tape to get them even before you clip if you want to make it easier on yourself.

If YOU are going to clip your horse and it's your first time, remember:
TAKE YOUR TIME. The more time you take, the better your clip is likely to be.
Long smooth strokes leave fewer clipper lines.
Keep the blade flat against the skin, you'll get the smoothest clip.
Desensitise the horse to the clippers before trying to clip or you'll never get a good clip job done.
Sedate if you can't desensitise. The stiller your horse stands, the easier it will be to get a nice clip done.
If your horse has never had the face done before, leave the face alone. Trust me.
Leaving hair on under the saddle can make them less likely to be frisky after a fresh clip. Ask me how I know.
Check your clippers often against the back of your hand for overheating. Spare blades make it easy to keep going - you just swap the blades over. Sometimes the motor itself gets too hot, and will heat the blades up REALLY fast, so a lot of professionals clipping multiple horses will also have a spare set of clippers to swap out every 1 to 2 horses.
If your blades stop cutting, check the tension, then check the sharpness.
Start with an EXTREMELY clean horse and sharp blades. Clean to the skin, not a speck of dust. Wash, dry, wash again, dry again. Your blades will stay sharper for longer if they're not fighting dirt and dander.
The cleaner your horse and the sharper the blades, the less clipper lines you will leave.

blue eyed pony is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horses first body clip :) KLJcowgirl Horse Grooming 19 08-14-2017 04:35 PM
First body clip! Rideordie112 Horse Grooming 12 03-18-2014 11:57 PM
To clip or not to clip? (mane, not full body) musicalmarie1 Horse Grooming 5 02-01-2013 01:22 PM
To Clip or Not to Clip? Body Clipping. HighonEquine Horse Grooming 7 05-14-2012 10:30 AM
To Body Clip or Not to Body Clip Befor a Show? jmbullard82 Horse Training 8 09-29-2009 08:16 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome