‘Tis The Season To Be Hairy, Fa La La La La, La La La La

There’s nothing that says “horse person” quite as much as the sensation of a buzzing clipper in your hand for two hours straight, wearing a rain coat and rain pants inside the barn, and sneezing horse hair out of your nose for days. Yep, it must be clipping season. I want to see your amazing, entertaining, beautiful and clever clipping creations. Send me a picture that shows off your artistry and a little blurb explaining what it’s all about. Include the name of your horse, your name and where you are from. Email [email protected]!


Rachel Walker, Wisconsin: “These are clips on three of the horses at our farm in Beldenville, Wisconsin. Top left is Kingsley with his crown. He belongs to Meg Wilkening. They do Beginner Novice eventing together and are hoping to move up to Novice this next season!

Under that is Guy with his snowflake. Guy’s an 18-year-old OTTB who took me through my first years of eventing and now does a fabulous job as a Walker Farms lesson horse. On the right is Lili, with the lily on her hip! She’s a 7-year-old Thoroughbred/Draft cross, and we accomplished our first Training together this fall.”


Megan Burke, Montrose, New York: “This is my OTTB Jazz. He is 20 years young and can still be quite the fire-breathing dragon at times, hence the dragon design!”


Kyrie Gausden, Runciman, New Zealand: “This is my mare Splash. She is named Splash as she fell in the pond shortly after being born. After a day of clipping and one too many coffees, I came up with her design. My father owns her, and he is a keen fisherman, so I went with a water theme. The tidal wave also looks a bit like a koru (Maori design), which fits in with me being from New Zealand.”


Hannah Hill, Midlothian, Virginia: “I did a skull and cross bones done on both hips of my Thoroughbred. We always wear skulls on cross country as our good luck thing.”


Ashley Hensman, Bethany, Ontario: My husband and I decided to do this because we saw a pic and thought let’s try it on Bella. Bella had a few years of bad handling with previous owners and was very scared of anyone behind her. We have been working with her for four months now, and she has improved so much. It was just so nice to see how well she handled two people with clippers around her back end!”


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