Be clipping perfect with expert tips from our Brand Ambassador and top show producer Lynn Russell and Nettex National Equine Business Manager Serena Kidd.

Gear checklist:

  • Serviced clippers
  • Sharp blades that are suitable for your horse’s coat
  • Spare blades just in case
  • Fully charged battery pack or access to electric socket
  • Clipping oil
  • Chalk sticks
  • Fleece or cooler rug
  • Clean and waterproof turnout and stable rugs
  • Nettex Supalyx Tasty Treats
  • Nettex Everyday Conditioning Shampoo
  • Nettex Lavender No-Rinse Wash
  • Nettex Coat Shine
  • Nettex Calmer Syringe (if your horse is nervous)
  • A friend to help
  • Your horse

Before you start:

  • Have all your equipment ready to go – see the Nettex gear checklist.
  • Make sure you have the right blades for your horse’s coat. They come in different grades therefore coarse blades are best for woolly ponies and finer grade blades for thoroughbreds.
  • Bath your horse the day before with Nettex Everyday Conditioning Shampoo, or if it’s very cold wash over with Nettex Lavendar No-Rinse Wash. When your horse is nearly dry, spray all over with Nettex Coat shine. This makes clipping easier, helps minimize tram lines and blades stay sharper longer.
  • Wear overalls to save yourself from picking horsehair out of your underwear for the rest of the day.
  • If your horse hasn’t been clipped before, practice with him first by using mini clippers or an electric toothbrush. Keep him busy with a Nettex SUPAlyx Tasty Treats so he associates clipping with yum yum!
  • If he is still very unsure, try giving him a Nettex Calmer Syringe Paste Boost about an hour before you start. If even this doesn’t work, you may need to ask your vet to come and sedate him.
  • However safe and experienced your horse, you should have someone with you in case of an emergency, to help with clipping tricky areas like around the legs and to share that bottle of wine when you finish.

The perfect clip:

    • A hay net is useful initially, but when clipping around head and neck will need to be removed so your horse doesn’t move his head around and mess up your artwork.
    • Have a rug handy to cover clipped areas to prevent the back and quarters getting cold.
    • Run clippers and ensure tension has been set correctly for an even clip. Oil liberally.
    • When clipping check the blades are not getting too hot. This is done simply by touching the flat side of the blades against the palm of your hand.
    • Oil Regularly to prevent placing stress on the clipper motor. Depending on type of coat this may need to be done at 10 minute intervals. Brush the hair away from the blades at the same time to prevent them clogging. If you hear a difference in the running of the blades it is likely you need to re-oil and clean them.
    • If the blades start to snatch at the horses coat it is likely they are starting to blunt so new blades will need to be used.

Finishing touches:

    • When you’ve finished, use Nettex Lavender No-Rinse Wash to wash away hairs and prevent itching.
    • Rug your horse with a fleece or cooler until dry.
    • When dry, remove the rug and spray your horse all over with Nettex Coat Shine.
    • Brush with a soft brush and you should end up with one shiny clipped out ned!

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