“He’s just come in from his holiday and has grown a nice thick coat,” she says. “He’s been back in work for three weeks and has needed his coat to keep him warm in the cold weather. He’s now about to start trotting and in three weeks’ time he’ll start cantering and then jumping. I need to clip his hair off now or otherwise he’ll get sweaty.”
While Perfect Mission is about to start working hard for the season, it’s important that horse owners consider the needs and requirements of their animal. Before firing up the clippers, think carefully about how much hair you need to remove. Take your horse’s workload, lifestyle and age into consideration.
Venetia adds: “For a horse that’s just hacking they may not need a full clip. It may just have a trace clip if it’s not doing much work.”
What clip does your horse need?
A NECK AND BELLY CLIP: This is an underside trim which is ideal for the horse in light work who is turned out.
LOW OR HIGH TRACE CLIP: A cut that is suitable for animals in light or medium work, it follows straight horizontal lines along the horse’s body. A higher trace can include the whole or part of the head.
HUNTER CLIP: Worth considering for the horse in light or medium work, it is a variation of the full clip, but with leg and saddle patch hair. A higher trace can include the whole or part of the head.
BLANKET CLIP: This offers warmth over the back but allows cooling during and after harder exercise.
FULL CLIP: For the horse in hard work, this is when the whole coat is taken off. It is essential that horses that have been given a full clip are kept warm, especially at night.