The weather is warming up, the birds are chirping...but your horse is still in his winter woolies! Maybe it is time to body clip. Here are some tips to making your body clipping session a success.
Trying to clip a dirty horse will mean overworked clippers, dulled blades, and the chance of your horse having a bad experience. Make sure your horse is clean, either by a good bath and plenty of time to dry afterwards, or a thorough grooming session before clipping.
Are your clippers and blades ready? Here are some things to consider:
Clipping can be a frightening or bad experience for your horse if they are not prepared. You can use a small handheld, battery operated massager for humans to desensitize your horse to the sound and vibration of clippers. Give your horse lots of positive reinforcement for standing quietly during clipping. Do not punish your horse if they react fearfully, and go slowly to give your horse a chance to get comfortable. Clipping can be a positive, relaxing grooming treatment for your horse if you approach it properly.
Clipping removes your horse's natural haircoat, so have at least one blanket ready after your horse is clipped. You may not need it, but you do not want to be surprised by an April snowstorm and a shivering horse!
I hope these suggestions help you to have a successful clipping session with your horse. Happy Spring!
The Info Pony