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Say Goodbye to Clipper Lines: Essential Tips for a Flawless Horse Clip.

Updated: Jan 6

Are you tired of struggling with clipper lines when clipping your horse's coat, and you want to achieve a flawless horse clip? With the clipping season in full flow, now is the time to do your prep so when you start clipping next time you can avoid clipper lines on your horse.

Essential Tips for a Flawless Clip

With the right techniques and tools, you can achieve a smooth, professional-looking finish that will make your horse shine.

Whether you're preparing for a show or simply want to keep your horse looking their best, a seamless trim is key. This article will guide you through the process, from choosing the right clippers to mastering the art of a close shave. Eliminate those unsightly lines and achieve a uniform appearance that will make any equestrian proud.

We understand that an impeccable horse clip is not just about aesthetics, but also about the comfort and well-being of your horse. That's why we'll also share tips on how to ensure a stress-free grooming experience for your equine friend.

Don't let clipper lines get in the way of a polished appearance. Follow these essential tips for a flawless equine trim and make your horse stand out from the crowd.

Essential tips for a flawless horse clip

Clipping a horse's coat can be a challenging task, especially when it comes to avoiding clipper lines. These lines occur when the clippers don't cut the hair evenly, leaving visible marks on the coat.

The first place to prepare to achieve a flawless horse clip are your clipper blades. Dirty and dull blades will always give you a shabby finish. They will tug at the skin and coat and give the horse an unpleasant experience. Clipper lines can be unsightly and can ruin the overall appearance of the horse. Understanding the common issues that cause clipper lines is the first step towards achieving a flawless horse trim.

One common cause of clipper lines is using dull blades. Over time, the blades of your clippers can become dull, resulting in uneven cutting. It's essential to regularly sharpen or replace the blades to maintain a clean and precise cut. Another cause of clipper lines is poor technique. If you're not holding the clippers at the correct angle or applying consistent pressure, you're more likely to create lines in the coat. Practice and proper technique are key to avoiding this issue.

Uneven pressure and having the angle wrong will not help. The bulge at the back of the lower blade should glide easily over the skin with firm pressure, but you should not dig the edge of the blade into the skin or it will create welts. Keep the clippers moving directly against the direction of hair growth. Make long, slow strokes, keeping the lower blade evenly against the skin. Each stroke should overlap the last by 1/2" or so.

- When clipping rounded surfaces, you will have to keep rotating the clippers to keep the blades flat against the skin and cut hair evenly.

- On concave surfaces or loose skin, such as of the throat or the flank, you may have to stretch the skin flat with your other hand in order to have a smooth surface to clip.

a woman wearing a clipit suit, clipping a horse.
Uneven clipper pressue can cause clipper lines.

Step-by-step guide to achieving a flawless horse clip.

Having the right tools and equipment is essential for achieving a flawless clip. Here are some of the key items you'll need:

1. Clippers: Invest in a high-quality pair of clippers specifically designed for equine use. Look for clippers with sharp blades and adjustable speeds to suit different coat types and thicknesses.

2. Blades: Ensure you have a selection of sharp blades suitable for your clippers. Different blades have varying cutting lengths, so having options will allow you to achieve the desired length for different areas of the horse's body.

3. Clipper oil: Regularly lubricating your clippers with clipper oil will help maintain their performance and extend their lifespan.

4. Detangler spray: Applying a detangler spray to the horse's coat before clipping can make the process easier and help prevent clipper lines.

5. Safety gear: Wear appropriate safety gear, such as gloves, goggles and a horse clipping clothing, to protect yourself during the trimming process.

Having these essential tools and equipment will set you up for success and make the equine trimming process more efficient and effective.

Having a Super Clean Horse

If the weather permits, always bath your horse the night before, making sure you wash the roots of the hair and mane as these areas become excessively greasy or full of dandruff. These two elements will make your clipper blades dull and will add to the friction the clipper makes, creating more heat. Read here for why is best to bath your horse

A woman wearing a clipit suit, clipping a horse's head.
Regularly lubricate your clipper blades with clipper oil.

Keeping your blades clean and oiled

One set of clipper blades can probably do several body clips if the horse is clean and the blades are kept clean and lubricated, but they will wear out on one clip if the horse is dirty, the tension is improperly adjusted or blade washing and oiling is neglected. Spraying the blades with Clipit Easi Oil, while the blades are running will help reduce friction. Clipit Ice Care Spray will help reduce the buildup of hair, scurf and grease between blades and keep the heat down.

The clipper is not correctly tensioned

A high-pitched, labouring noise indicates that the clipper blade is becoming clogged with hair as you work, or the motor may begin to run hot. If the blades do not cut efficiently, try tightening the tension a quarter turn at a time until you find the tension at which they produce a clean cut. New blades do not need much tension, but the tension screw will need to be tightened as they wear down. Over tightening the tension will cause the blades to heat up and wear down quicker. When the blades will no longer produce a clean cut even with the tension at its tightest, they are too dull to clip and need resharpening.

What to do if your horse has clipper lines

  1. Try going over the area until it is clipped evenly.

  2. Pop on a new set off blades.

  3. Wait a few days for the lines to grow out.

Preventing and troubleshooting common clipping mistakes

Handling and calming horses during the trimming process is essential to ensure a stress-free grooming experience for both you and your equine friend. Here are some tips to help make the process smoother:

1. Establish trust: Spend time building a bond with your horse before attempting to trim them. Use positive reinforcement techniques and reward them for good behavior.

2. Create a calm environment: Choose a quiet and familiar space for the trimming process. Minimise distractions and keep other animals or loud noises at a distance.

3. Take breaks: If your horse becomes anxious or restless during the trimming process, take short breaks to allow them to relax. Patience is key in maintaining a calm atmosphere.

4. Use gentle and confident handling: Handle the horse with confidence and gentleness. Avoid sudden movements or aggressive handling, as this can cause unnecessary stress.

5. Start with small steps: If your horse is not used to being trimmed, start with small sessions and gradually increase the duration over time. This will help them acclimate to the process.

6. Offer distractions: Provide distractions such as treats or a favorite toy to keep your horse occupied during the trimming process. This can help divert their attention and reduce anxiety.

7. Seek professional help if needed: If you're struggling to handle or calm your horse during trimming, consider seeking assistance from a professional trainer or experienced equestrian. They can provide guidance and support to ensure a positive experience for both you and your horse.

By implementing these tips, you can create a calm and stress-free environment that will make the trimming process more enjoyable for both you and your horse.

Conclusion: Taking your equine trimming skills to the next level

Achieving a flawless equine trim is not a one-time effort. Regular maintenance is key to keeping your horse looking their best. Establishing a trimming schedule will help ensure that your horse's coat remains in top condition. The frequency of trimming will depend on factors such as the horse's breed, coat type, and growth rate, as well as your specific grooming preferences.

Typically, horses with faster-growing coats may require trimming every 4-8 weeks, while others with slower growth may only need trimming every 8-12 weeks. Regularly inspect your horse's coat and schedule trims accordingly to maintain a polished appearance. Consistency is key in achieving and maintaining a flawless equine trim.


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