Equine Body Clipping – 101

Note: Today’s activities (and this blog) could have been avoided had I have done one simple thing: keep up with Kobi’s body/facial clippings!

On Thursday (providing it doesn’t rain), Kobi will have his first visit by a professional photographer, Richard Fleming, who did an amazing job with my head shots a few years ago. I know it’s going to take a few days to get Kobi ready – almost as much work as getting him ready for a show. So I started today…with clipping his whiskers, long eyelashes, and bridle path.

I haven’t used the clippers since I body clipped Jake a few years back, and haven’t used them on Kobi since before then.  What an interesting experience we had today.

He started out curious as I was searching through several pairs of clippers with different blades, trying to find a single pair that would work together and hadn’t rusted solid from being stored for YEARS in an open air Florida tack room.  After finding a pair that worked (sort of), I set to work.

Kobi’s memory wasn’t as good as I thought it would be and the former show horse who let me do this to him every few weeks chose to melt down and sit back. With a change in tactics, I slowed down and enticed him with food rewards. When his connection with the clippers was reinstated, I set to work. The left side of his muzzle was no problem…I wish I could say the same for the right.

It reminded me that when you work a horse, you must do both sides equally as there is something in their brain that doesn’t connect the two sides. To them, everything is a new experience on the other side of their body. There was no talking him off the ledge this time. I moved back to his left side and clipped his bridle path instead.

Not wanting an all out war over the clippers, I broke out a disposable razor to finish the job on the right side of his face. After he realized I wasn’t going to cut his throat with the razor – I was able to finish the job and now have a nice, freshly shaved mustang!

His pampering will continue the rest of the week with coloring his faded mane and tail on Monday and a colored body wash/bath on Thursday to tone down his red spots.

For those of you wondering what I’m going to do with his pictures, I plan to put together a photo album to use at his book signings (since I don’t have a trailer to tote the real horse around with me) & for other promotional things….plus I just want some really great photos of him!

About Heather Hamel

Growing up with horses is a little girls dream come true. Heather’s dream in life was to be a horse trainer - how dreams change - sort of! She moved to the wonderfully historic town of St. Augustine, Florida and was a historic tour guide and a ghost story teller while putting herself through college to become a special education teacher. After graduating, she felt the pull of horses in her life again. That's when she met Kobi! She learned quickly that when you own horses you become a part time vet, part time nutritionist, and full time equestrian. She wouldn't change a thing! In addition to being completely obsessed with her herd, she still teaches and tutors students with learning disabilities, and more specifically, dyslexia.
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2 Responses to Equine Body Clipping – 101

  1. Mom says:

    Bridal path, we used to call that a poll cut!

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