Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Solution



I decided to do a trace clip, after conferring with Saiph about the likelihood that I would accidently  slip with the clippers, gash open his stomach and spill his intestines on the ground. It was a real fear. She assured me that could NEVER happen, and I am happy to testify that she was correct.
Can I get an Amen?



Luckily, Saiph was right and all that happened was a lot of white hair came off.

This was my very first clip job. I got several compliments on my lines.

Things to remember:

  • Ashke stands without moving for his clip. He did not even shift a muscle while I was working on him, except when I oiled the clippers and then he got a cookie. Such a great boy.
  • Do not clip your horse while wearing fleece. In fact, I think they need to sell biohazard suits for clippings horses. I have microscopic pieces of white hair places white hair was never supposed to be.
  • Do not wear black when clipping a white horse. White hair does not come out of black clothes. Not even with a duck tape roller. Or tweezers (which was a really horrid idea - learn from my mistakes.)
  • Make sure you are not wearing an open front shirt, because that shit itches when it's stuck between your breasts. In fact, if a biohazard suit is not available, try a long sleeve, high neck shirt and duck tape the openings closed.
  • Do not attempt to do this while experiencing vertigo.
  • Girth and Flank areas are tricky. In fact, any suggestions on how to clip twitchy, bouncing, flinching skin and get a smooth even look would be much appreciated.
  • Clipping a white horse with black skin is very challenging. I did kind of stumble on the fact that clippers work better with even pressure and smooth, fluid movement. None of which works if the skin is moving, twitching or otherwise in motion.


I turned him out in the round pen afterwards and he had a great time, bucking, kicking, rearing and squeeling. He felt so much better and it showed in his behavior. I can imagine he was incredibly hot under all of that itchiness, because I know I was after having all of his hair dumped on me.

 I'm so glad I took the risk. No guts any where.

14 comments:

  1. Naked pony is NAKED and FRISKY! Wheeeeee!!! Also, congrats on Clipping 101 -- the first time is always the toughest.

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    1. And now we get 3 to 5 inches of snow. Tomorrow.

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  2. If you can in the twitchy location, stretching the skin with your other hand makes it firmer for clipping. Also the pressure of your hand may reduce the ticklishness of the clippers and help with the flinching.

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  3. It will look smoother if you use a blade that leaves the hair a bit longer. This looks like a very very close clip, basically to the skin, which is why you can see all the tracks on the clipped parts. Try a 10 blade next time.

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    1. I have one set of $35 Wahl clippers. They look a lot like the clippers I used to use to shave my head. They are show trim clippers but Saiph assured me I could indeed do a trace clip. Yes it is short, but it was my only option. Some day I will owe body clippers with a better blade.

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    2. Wahls usually make other interchangeable blades - size #10s are always good! :)

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  4. It looks good! I clipped mine for the first time this year as well. I think it makes them looks so spiffy!

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  5. I laughed so hard with the beginning of this post! Amen indeed!

    And I feel bad about not warning you about the fleece!! I have a raincoat that I wear specifically for clipping. But if it makes you feel better, I completely forgot this time around and remembered I was wearing a fleece jacket halfway through my clip job! Too late.

    Warning: do NOT wash the clothes you wore for clipping with other clothes. You will end up with itchy clipped horse hair in eeeerrrythang! I made that mistake after doing my first full body clip a few years ago! There was horse hair in our clothes for weeks...whoops...

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    1. J doesn't let me wash horse stuff with anything else, ever.

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  6. He looks great! But also add to your almost perfect list:
    Do not put on lip balm
    Do not chew gum

    Don't ask me how I know this...

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    1. I will definitely put those on my list. I actually did figure out the lip balm thing about a year ago when I cut his mane.

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  7. I agree with Heather on using your hand to pull the skin on the wrinkly, twitchy places. And don't worry about any clipper tracks - they grow out and you're doing it for comfort not aesthetics anyway. I think you did an awesome job, especially on the curved bits near his flank. I've been body clipping for over 20 years and still can't do that evenly:) And I love your tips - so true!:)

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  8. Sounds like you just need to wear a dry suit: http://www.nrs.com/product/23021.02/kokatat-womens-gore-tex-icon-drysuit

    The gaskets at the neck, ankles, and wrists keep out water, why not all of that insane evil hair?! The goretex should shed anything off, too.

    Shame about the price tag on the damn thing though....

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