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Clipping Guide

Horse clipping guide

Before clipping

Before you begin clipping your horse it is really important to make sure you have everything prepared, from making sure you and your horse are safe while clipping, to checking and oiling your clippers. Here are a few guides from Lister to help you prepare.

Which clip?

There are many different types of clip and it is important to make sure you have the right clip for your horse. When considering the types of horse clip, you should think about:

  • What level of work is your horse doing?
  • How much does your horse sweat?
  • Is your horse stabled or turned out?
  • Do you have suitable rugs?
  • Does your horse feel the cold?
  • Has your horse been clipped before?
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Trace clip

The trace clip is suitable for horses that are in light work as it only removes the hair from the areas that they sweat the most. Here are a few guides from Lister on how to get a perfect line and clip behind the elbow.

Blanket clip

The blanket clip is suitable for horses that are in medium work. This clip has a few tricky areas such as long, straight lines around the tail and along the mane. Here are a few guides from Lister on how to clip these tricky areas.

Full clip

The full clip is suitable for horses that are in hard work and will remove all the hair, including the legs, head and ears. These areas can be very difficult. Follow these guides from Lister on how to clip these tricky areas.