Why are horses clipped?
Whether you should clip your horse, when to clip and what to consider when clipping your horse, you can learn here:The basic rule is: When the days become shorter again, the natural process of changing coat begins. The summer coat is replaced by thicker, more robust winter coat. This helps to keep the horses warm even in rough weather conditions. However, depending on the way the horse is kept and its workload, this can also cause the horse to sweat a lot and reduce its performance. Here are the main reasons to clip your horse:
Thick winter coat during performance
Long drying time
Problems during coat change
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- If horses sweat a lot and therefore need a long time to dry, they can get hypothermia. This can lead to muscle strain and colds.
- Horses with metabolic diseases (e.g. Cushing's) need support in their coat change.
- Recognition and prevention of diseases e.g. mallow
- Detection and prevention of parasite infestation
- Horses regulate their body temperature via the blood vessels. During exertion, more blood is brought to the surface of the body to lower the horse's core temperature by increasing the heart rate and dilating the arteries. With a thick coat, this type of temperature equalization is not so well possible, so the animal's heart rate increases during exercise and it takes longer for it to drop again after training. Scissors can support this process and the horse is more efficient.
- Detailed work on head (ears, mane, etc.), legs for a well-groomed appearance is important for many riders in all areas of equestrian sport.
- At tournaments, performance tests, breeding shows and auctions, a lot of attention is paid to making the horses look as attractive as possible. Shearing the horse is often part of the preparations for such events.
- Shearing patterns (or tattooing) are a trend where a trimmer is used to shear various motifs into the animal's coat.
Should I clip my horse?
- What workload does my horse have?
- Utilization of the horse: The more intensive the training with the horse, the more sense it makes to clip.
- Does my horse get tired quickly, even if it is only lightly loaded?
- What is the condition of the stable in which the horse is standing?
- The warmer and less air circulation in the stable, the sooner the horse should be shorn.
- Does my horse sweat quickly and needs more than 20 minutes to dry?
What do I have to consider before clipping?
Do I have the right equipment?
- The winter coat of the horse has the function to keep the horse warm. If the horse is shorn over a large area, blankets must be used to compensate for the loss of heat. It makes sense to have a selection of blankets that match the outside and stable temperature.
- Depending on the type of shearing, different devices are suitable, see below for what you need to consider when making your selection.
- It is important to maintain the clippers properly. Cutting sets should be adequately oiled before, during and after clipping. During clipping, the Blade Ice is very helpful as it not only cleans the blade set easily, but also cools, oils and protects against corrosion. After shearing, the machine must be cleaned, and the blade set oiled again to have long friends with the machine. Make sure that you have the right accessories for oiling, cleaning and storing in addition to the clipper.
- A brush to remove loose hairs helps with the clipping.
- The cleaner the coat, the easier the clipping and the longer the life of the clipper's cutting sets. At best, you should wash your horse before clipping. At the very least, it should be thoroughly brushed to remove dust and dirt from the coat.
- After brushing, you can also spray the coat to be clipped with shine spray to make clipping easier.
- Plan enough time, especially if you don't have much practice.
- Make sure you have a quiet, stress-free environment.