Now that we’re into winter, it’s likely that you’ve had your horse’s hair clipped. If not, now is the time to get this important task done. The visual impact of clipping is quite distinctive, especially for substantial clips, but the practical benefits of the task are even more noteworthy. Clipping sheds a horse of its wet hair, thus reducing the risk of the animal suffering from colds or colic, which can abound at this time of year.

The most suitable clipping style for your horse will depend on its level of activity. For young, inexperienced horses who are not familiar with being clipped, or for horses in light work, a simple clip such as bib or Irish should suffice. On the other hand, if you have an experienced horse in full work, or partaking in competitions, a comprehensive clip like a hunter or full body will be required.

Even on seasoned horses who are comfortable with clipping, there are certain areas which often prove tricky to clip. The ears can be particularly challenging, so it’s important to hold the clippers carefully and grab the ear so that it doesn’t get caught by the blades. The elbows and flank can also be tricky, as the skin is very thin in these parts, so you’ll need to be extra careful when clipping these.

Here is some information from Clippers Ireland which provides a simplified yet practical and helpful overview of the most important aspects of horse clipping.

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