Horse Clipper Caper

My hopes for possessing a new set of cordless clippers are on hold. You may recall that I mourned the death of my Andis cordless clippers in a previous post at

https://thebackyardhorseblog.com/2020/09/28/what-are-your-favorite-cordless-clippers/

Last Fall, I anxiously awaited the Cyber Monday shopping sales so I could snag a new clipper set at a discount. After reviewing one thousand websites, I decided to purchase cordless clippers from Wahl through an online tack shop. Unbeknownst to me at the time of my order, Wahl’s production has been severely limited during the COVID crisis. As of this date, I am still waiting for my clippers to ship.

“Thank you for your interest in Wahl. Due to COVID-19, we are experiencing substantial inventory shortages on hair clippers. Unfortunately, the virus has impacted our supply chain and our ability to produce at capacity. We hope that everyone is staying safe and staying home. Please check back periodically for inventory updates.”

From the Wahl website

If the delayed arrival of clippers is the worst thing that happens to me this year, I will be very fortunate indeed. My horses don’t really care if their bridle paths get trimmed, but I must say their overgrowths are starting to get distracting. While I don’t give my horses a full-bridle-path clip during Winter since they live outside 24/7, I do like to keep the area somewhat trimmed. Halters, grazing muzzles and bridles are less likely to come off if there’s a little bit of a depression behind their ears.

I still have my CORDED clippers so I strung up a long electric cord from house to the edge of the pasture to give the horses a quick hair cut. Apparently, I must not be meant to clip bridle paths as the corded set didn’t work correctly either. Shiloh’s “before” picture looks better than his “after” picture! Guess I’ll try mailing off the blades to get sharpened and see if that solves the issue. Otherwise, I might be looking at breaking out the scissors soon.

After the clipping debacle with Shiloh, I decided to leave Bear’s hair style (shown above) in tact.

Messy bridle paths or not, the horses still look beautiful to me.

5 thoughts on “Horse Clipper Caper

    1. Bear and Shiloh appreciate the compliment, Reese. 🙂 Great question. I personally find that a bridle path, even just a little one of an inch or two, can help to make bridles, grazing muzzles and halters fit better, especially if I have a horse with a very thick/long mane. Also, teaching horses not to fear the feeling and sound of clippers can be a useful thing to have a horse learn, but you could practice all that without actually trimming anything. Keep in mind that if you start trimming the bridle paths, it can take a long time for them to grow back to normal with a really awkward stage in between, kind of like with growing out bangs. If I didn’t see a specific need to trim with a particular horse, I probably wouldn’t, but I find it nice to have the option to clip if headgear fit becomes an issue at any point. I have seen lots of horses get along just fine staying all natural.

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  1. I always put Tendon ice boots on Biasini’s hind legs after we have worked in the arena. As his legs have become quite hairy the icing is less effective. I have clippers from clipping our dog So I thought I could trim some off his legs ok. Wrong! One leg is very patchy and the other , his white leg, I nicked it , and had to run for the Penaten cream as it was bleeding. However I did get some hair off and the ice boots are working better.

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