Clip your horse for quick drying, easier grooming, better conditioning, and reduced chance of overheating. In general, horses grow a long, thick coat during the winter and a new, shorter and cooler coat for summer. This served horses well when they lived outside year round and were subjected to all the elements. Leaving a thick winter coat on your horse, however, may be doing more harm than good, especially if he spends most of the season stabled. Thick coats heat up quickly, causing excessive sweating, and they dry slowly, making the horse damp and chilled.
First, show your horse the
clippers and let him smell them. Then gently rub the clippers, while they are turned off, on your horse's body. Next, step away from the horse and turn on the clippers. Let them run until he becomes comfortable with the sound. Begin clipping on less ticklish areas, such as the shoulder. Make the entire experience more enjoyable by offering him his favorite
Choose a set of heavy-duty clippers with a powerful motor for body clipping. Use a set of trimmers for clipping around delicate areas including the ears, eyes, and hooves. Make sure your clippers are clean, sharp, and
well-oiled. Dull clippers will pull hair, making the horse very uncomfortable. Also, choose a set of clippers with a quiet motor; this will put you and your horse at ease.
There are several different styles of clips, depending on the needs of your horse.
A full clip is given to horses that compete during the winter. A full clip must be well maintained. Horses with full clips will need to be kept warm with blankets and stable bandages.
Most horses will benefit from some clipping. If your horse is turned out often, then a simple belly clipping will keep him warm, and help him cool off quickly after exercising. Clip more area if your horse is stabled most of the winter. Just remember that the more area you clip, the more layers of blankets you may have to add to keep your horse warm.