With the clipper in hand, you’re ready to take the first snip!
Before you begin, make sure your horse is standing still by themselves. That they’re managing their own body and feet.
Start with touch first, moving a turned off clipper over the coat, using it to scratch some pleasant spots on their neck and mane.
When you feel confident that your horse is relaxed, slowly turn it on and bit by bit you can clip the coat.
It’s important in this moment that you don’t want too much – stop when your horse responds well and relaxes.
If your horse tenses up in a certain spot, that’s okay. Just keep the clipper there and move with the horse right until they relax, even if it’s just a little bit.
Then you can turn the clippers off and take some distance. The horse will learn that relaxing will be rewarded.
Be sure to alternate uncomfortable spots with plenty of comfortable spots to help you horse find their relaxation along the way.
It’s not about how much hair you can get off, but how much you can reward the horse for breathing out and relaxing.
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