Many people decide to clip or trim their horses for various reasons. You may choose to trim the whiskers on their muzzle, ear hair, bridle path, or the feathers on their legs. It may be necessary for shows. In other cases, a bridle path can make tacking up easier. And lastly, a clipped horse looks more tidy.
Before you reach for the clippers, you should have a good idea of what you’re doing. It can be helpful to watch a few tutorials or even an in-person demonstration. Your horse should also be accepting of the clippers. Because they vibrate and buzz, many horses are scared of them. It’ll make your job a lot harder if your horse is freaking out! Some basic desensitizing will go a long way.
Christy Landwehr with the Certified Horsemanship Association provides a detailed yet simple tutorial on how to trim your horse. She also touches on clipper maintenance and types of blades.
If you’re interested in body clipping, check out ‘5 Different Types Of Horse Clips‘!