TOP TIPS FROM INTERNATIONAL GROOM – SHELLY GILBERT

This month we look at clipping.

The time of year has come to think about clipping your horse. When your horse is worked you will find that he will get hotter quicker and sweat more, therefore will take longer to dry. You may also find your horse may loose weight if hairy and working hard.

Before you begin clipping, make sure your clippers are in good working order and have been regularly maintained. Make sure you have a sharpened set of blades and spare set to hand. Before using your clippers on your horse just run them so the horse gets used to noise.

I then place my hand on the horses coat then the clip parts ion top so the horse can feel the vibrations. Clipping can be dangerous. Make sure you have a big enough area and some good lighting!!

Be careful your horse does not stand on any leads. Use a piece of damped chalk to draw on some lines, this will act as a rough guide so you get some good lines.

When doing a blanket clip, dangle a piece of string down over the withers, so it hangs down this will give you a good guide so that the blanket is even on both sides.

Oil and clean clippers regularly throughout to avoid clippers over heating. When finished clipping give your horse a bath with warm soapy water to remove and loose hair and get rid of dirt and grease. At the end of the winter when clipping is all done, remember to send your clippers to be serviced and maintained, then they are ready for when you need them next.

If you would like your horse clipped then please get in touch.

If you would like to contact Shelly to discuss any requirements you can reach her on 07791 561581 or email shellygilbert@live.co.uk

Or if you have any questions for Shelly please emailhello@eventingworldwide.com and we can include them in our next feature!

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