There’s a saying that you shouldn’t body clip a horse before Halloween or after Valentine’s Day. It’s a good thing we’re getting close to October 31 because the horses are already getting awfully fuzzy!
My personal favorite clip is the Irish Clip. It’s quick and easy — basically a straight line from the stifles to the ears. This clip is good for horses that live out or don’t get worked so hard in winter that they sweat all over. A trace clip accomplishes much the same thing, but it takes a bit more precision to get the shape right on both sides of the horse.
Then again, you can say to heck with symmetry and take all the hair right off. But if you do this, of course, you have to prepared to blanket appropriately for the next several months.
There are endless videos online with tips and tricks to a good clip job. Check out the full body clip video above or, if you’re a USEF member, log into your account to watch this tutorial with professional groom Shannon O’Hatnick of Radiant Clips. She covers what type of body clip your horse needs, the equipment to use, and more. Here’s a sneak peek:
How would you rate your body clipping skills? Clipping expert Shannon O’Hatnick of Radiant Clips shares her tips to get your horse looking his best as the weather cools down ❄️Full video 👉 https://www.usef.org/learning-center/videos/body-clipping-your-horse
Posted by US Equestrian on Wednesday, October 17, 2018
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