I’ve never been super into clipping my horses for the winter. They almost always spend their winters outside and in light work, so I’ve never needed to clip.
This year, I have ambitions of working Moe and Gina throughout the winter in the barn’s indoor arena. They’re turned out during the day and stalled at night; the barn owner is also willing to blanket (within reason- changing blankets three times a day probably won’t fly!).
A few weeks ago I scored a great deal on a pair of Andis clippers through Bit of Britain’s tent sale, and over the weekend I went on a clipping adventure!
I had aspirations of a trace low clip; I knew I didn’t want to remove tons of hair because I didn’t want them blanketed 24/7. The only clipping I’ve ever done was a full body clip on a horse at my previous job, so I made sure to carefully watch all 30 minutes of the Andis DVD (which appears to have been made the year I was born) as well as several YouTube videos.
Moe was covered in filth when I pulled him out of the pasture, so I had to give him a bath.
|Mud, hay, who-knows-what all over his belly and shoulders.|
He got to stand tied in the sun to dry while I clipped Gina.
Gina napped in the crossties while I clipped…and clipped…and clipped. The woman in the Andis video made it look so easy and quick! Two hours later, I was coated in bay hair and sweat.
|“What have you done to me?”|
I rinsed Gina off and started on Moe. Poor Moe didn’t get the cleanest or best clip job in the world; he has some patchy spots and jagged edges. But at that point, I was tired and hot and figured that Moe isn’t going out in public (well, except for the hunter pace) any time soon.