Top Clipping Advice From AbsorbineOctober 10, 2013 1:58 pm
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Its that time of year again when the clippers are about to come out…. Absorbine – The horse world’s most trusted name – has the following helpful tips to ensure a smart clip everytime!
- Before clipping, the horse needs to have a clean coat. Clipping a dirty coat results in blunt blades and trying to clip through dried on sweat will pull at the horses hair and make him very sore.
- Wash the horse off thoroughly if he has got sweaty whilst being ridden. It is a good idea to get into the habit of thoroughly washing the head (avoiding getting water in the ears) and then drying it off with a towel. This will ensure the coat is maintained free from sweat before you start clipping.
- Adding a washing off lotion such as Absorbine’s Liquid Embrocation to the water is also helpful for keeping the coat free of grease and grime which again will help make the clipper blades last as long as possible.
- SuperPoo from Absorbine is a great shampoo with which to give the horse a bath the day before you clip him. This must be done far enough in advance of the clip that his coat will be totally dry before you start. It’s not advisable to bath horses if the weather is really cold.
- Another good tip for keeping the clipper blades sharp for as long as possible is to spray the coat with Absorbine ShowSheen before you start clipping so the blades glide through the hair.
- Put a good quality oil in the horse’s feed to help keep the coat shiny. Oils such as linseed and Soya can be very effective.
- Remember to put rugs on as the temperature dictates. There can be days even in the height of Summer where horses out in fields will need a thin New-Zealand rug to prevent them getting chilled.
- Use a good quality detangler such as Showsheen Detangler Gel and use your fingers to comb through manes and tails to avoid breaking hair.