Top 10 Tips for a Perfect Clip

1. Decide on the style of clip required depending on the job the horse needs to do and how he is kept. A simple neck and chest may be sufficient for a horse in light work, living out, but a stabled horse with a full season of hunting ahead of him will probably need a hunter clip or a full clip.

2. Ensure you have a safe, dry place to clip with light and electricity. Use a circuit breaker if you are using a mains connection.

3. Check the tension on your clippers, if it is too loose the blades will not clip properly. If it is too tight, the clippers will heat up very quickly. If you are unsure, contact the clipper company and ask them as brands can differ slightly.

4. Make sure the horse you are clipping is clean and dry. Mud and grease will blunt your blades more quickly and a clean coat will give better results. Lightly mist Groomers Crystal Gleam Spray over the coat before clipping to allow the blades to slip through the coat more smoothly.

5. Use chalk to mark your clipping lines so you achieve even lines and shapes.

6. Keep the mane and tail out of the way with rubber bands and a tail bandage. Be careful when clipping along the neck not to remove any mane hair otherwise you will grow unsightly sprigs later on.

7. Clip in long, sweeping lines against the hair growth and overlap each stroke to avoid tramlines. Remember that on large areas you will achieve a better clip using fewer strokes.

8. Use a trimmer for tricky areas such as the face, fetlocks, elbows and ears.

9. While clipping regularly clean hair off blades with a small brush and oil with Groomers Clipper Oil to keep as cool as possible. Always clean and oil again before storage.

10. Wear overalls or non-fleecy clothing with a tight weave. Wear a hat and tie long hair back. Proper footwear is also recommended. When clipping a young or nervous horse a hard hat is recommended and a helper on hand is essential.


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