By: Ambassador Elizabeth Noelk
I remember the first time I clipped a horse. I was in high school and worked part time at the barn where I rode. One weekend I was helping prepare the horses for a local horse show. I was just cleaning up their muzzles and ears. As I went to clip the edge of a horse ear, the horse moved and I took a patch off the top. It was more than noticeable. All I could think was, “Oh snap.” Over four years later, I now clip horses throughout the week during the winter months. Yes, there are “winter months” even in Florida.
I decide to learn to clip for a couple of reasons. The main reason was to save money. If I could clip my own horse, then I didn’t have to pay someone. And then, I happened to fall into a full-time gig of clipping horses at Grey Cedar Farm. It’s been helping keep my Horse Show Jar full.
I have found that the benefits of knowing how to clip a horse are endless. Here are a couple of things I have learned along the way:
After you start clipping, you will learn what works best for you. The articles below should help answer any remaining questions. Good luck and happy clipping!