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Horse Clipping Tips

August 13, 2012

Learn how to give your show horse the perfect clipping job.

As a trainer of halter horses, AQHA Professional Horseman Randy Jacobs of Dover, Ohio, knows a lot about clipping horses. He has clipped hundreds, from weanlings to stallions to his daughter's old pleasure gelding.

In the Horse Clipping Tips report, Randy offers his tried-and-true advice on setting yourself up for clipping success, even if that's not what your horse has in mind.

Have the Right Attitude

In Randy's opinion, you won't get anywhere with your horse, regardless of his attitude, if you don't have the right attitude.

“It takes a lot of patience,” he says. “So many people want to rush and get it done in a hurry. Take your time.”

If you rush, you increase the chances of having a bad experience.

“Avoid bad experiences,” Randy says. “Like spooking them or getting a horse hurt. And when I say hurt, I mean just something as small as nicking him with the clippers. It hurts, and he won't want it to happen again.

“Every bad experience only makes the next time worse.”

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“This horse clipping article really helped. We have shown a sorrel with lots of chrome for several years. Like it said, patience is a big part of getting a good clipping. I have learned to clip early in the week before the show, have the horse clean, particularly the white stockings, and mostly to take my time. The difference in results and the h

orse's attitude is amazing! Being a small-time participant, good free advice is always welcome.”

AQHA Member John Boyd

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“I enjoyed the clipping tips, especially how to maintain a safe clipping environment. It helped me realize I need a clean animal, sharp blades and the right type of clippers. Having help is something we sometimes cut corners on, but I agree when it comes to the right attitude that will carry you far in any endeavor.”

Marilyn Faye Parney

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