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Clipping Your Horse

Equine Clippers

Different types of horse clip

UNDER BELLY AND NECK CLIP

Under belly and neck clip image

The under belly and neck clip, sometimes referred to as a “bib”, is a good clip suitable for horses that are used for light work, that live out during the winter months.

For winter protection, the head, topside of the neck, body and legs are left on, so you will still be able to turn your horse out.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.

THE LOW TRACE CLIP

The low trace clip image

The low trace is a good clip recommended for horses in light work.

It will ensure that the horse does not get too hot and sweaty when in exercise, but does also mean that you can still turn your horse out during the winter, however, more rugs are needed.

As with the under belly clip, the legs are also left on with a trace clip for warmth and extra protection during the winter months.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.

THE HIGH TRACE CLIP

The high trace clip image

The high trace clip is suitable for horses in light to medium work.

The style of the clip is very similar to the low trace, just receding further up the horse to remove more of the coat.

This picture shows the high trace with half the head clipped, but if your horse does not like his head being clipped, you can do the high trace but run it up the neck and under the head, as with the low trace.

Please do remember, the more hair you take off your horse, the more rugs and or blankets you will have to use.

As with the under belly clip and the low trace clip, the legs are left on with for warmth and extra protection during the winter months.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.

THE BLANKET CLIP

The blanket clip image

The blanket clip is ideal for horses in regular work as you can exercise thoroughly, without losing condition through sweating.

The coat is removed completely from the head, neck and flanks, leaving only the legs and an area over the back that looks like a small rug.

As with the under belly and trace clips, the legs are also left on for warmth and extra protection to your horse during the winter months.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.

THE HUNTER CLIP

The hunter clip image

The hunter clip is best suited for horses in hard, regular exercise such as hunting.

It is a very smart clip that involves taking off all the coat, except for the legs, the saddle patch and an inverted V above the tail.

Care must be taken when doing the saddle patch and you should outline your saddle, not the numnah, as this will look better when your horse is under saddle.

As with the under belly, trace and blanket clips, the legs are also left on for warmth and extra protection for your horse during the winter months.

When exercising outside, it is advisable that you use an exercise rug to ensure that your horse does not get cold.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.

THE FULL CLIP

The full clip image

The full clip is usually only given to high level competition horses, that work very hard.

The whole coat is taken off apart from the inverted V above the tail.

This is a very smart clip that requires careful stable management. The horse should be rugged up at all times and when very cold, bandages may even be required to maintain your horse’s warmth.

PLEASE NOTE
The red area indicates the hair that has been left on the horse and the white area has been clipped.