Having no idea which horse is yours without wearing glasses or contact lenses, you just know what colour blur it should be.
Experiencing the unique pain of a horses head bashing your glasses into your face.
1.Ask Yourself is it Safe
Not all horses are easy to clip so before attempting to clip the legs, firstly see if the horse is safe and well-mannered to have his body and face clipped and to manoeuvre and control when doing so. Clipping the legs will entail having yourself in close to and underneath the horse’s feet and legs so it is important to ensure that you are safe to do so. If the horse is prone to kicking out, it is not advisable to attempt to clip the legs due to the risk of injury to horse and to the person clipping.
This is what you hope they all are! These horses like being clipped. They stand still, they don’t care how much you climb over or under them, will happily have their face clipped and will probably even hold up a leg by themselves if you ask nicely.
You can’t touch this. You haven’t a hope of actually clipping it.
I will start by explaining that my opinion can never be bought therefore this review is a genuine review of a product, I have no connection to the company. I was actually looking for a price on a set of fine clipper blades when I came across an add for a clippers at less than €140 from a company called Clippers Ireland . To me this was like finding really nice bridle for €30, you would have to find out more. Clipping machines are like crack to me for some reason but I tell myself there are far worse addictions in life. After asking several friends about Clippers Ireland it turned out no one knew much about them and everyone was a bit fascinated by the price. So I decided to visit their website (www.clippersireland.ie) and give them a call to find out more.
Use Your Head
If you are clipping, wear a hat. I keep an older skull cap in my kit for clipping so that I don’t end up with hair stuck to my good hat. Clipping out a horse will involve leaning in under the horses belly and having your head in close proximity to the horses legs. Clipping a horses legs poses its own dangers as it will have your head close to the knee, hock and hooves. Horses will rarely kick you on purpose but a kick or a sudden leg movement due to fright, pain or a dislike of the clippers can and does happen. To be honest you are often at risk of just being in the way when a horse innocently moves. Having a hat on reduces the risk of injury and won’t cost you anything. If you are using an old fashioned twitch (the type with a heavy wooden handle) ensure you and your helper are wearing a hat – if the handle gets loose it can swing and hit you.
If you are going to wash, really wash.
If you will be washing your horse before clipping, it is a good idea to make sure you get as much scruff out of the coat as you can. Firstly, use warm water rather than cold if possible. As well as feeling nicer to the horse, warm water will help shampoos to lather up better and as a result will remove more scruff and grease from the coat. To really clean a coat, mix warm water with a cleansing shampoo (fairy liquid, wahl dirty beastie are both effective as is hibiscrub which is not a shampoo as such but will really clean a coat) and a capful of Dettol. Lather into the coat and rinse thoroughly. To help dry your horse faster after washing, mix some methylated spirits into the rinsing water, it will help evaporate the water from the coat faster.
If like me you are not blessed with a natural straight eye for things, trying to clip lines on blanket or trace clips can be a nightmare. My natural inability for straight lines is genetic. I blame my mother who left me at one point with a two inch fringe that made me look demented because every time she trimmed it she would declare it was crooked and take a bit more off to straighten it.