Stay Safe When Clipping
Posted on 09 October 2018 by Kim
Clipping is not only an unpleasant task, it can be a hazardous one too. Here are a few tips for staying safe when clipping:
- With mains powered clippers, always use a circuit breaker
- Where extension leads are used, make sure that the lead is kept well away from the horse’s legs, any sharp objects, and any water
- Choose a well-lit stable or area, with a non-slip floor
- Remove all objects that your horse could stumble over, such as water buckets
- Ask a friend to hold the horse or cross tie him
- Avoid clipping outside if it is wet and windy. Choose a mild day and a quiet time on the yard, if possible!
- Check your clippers for any exposed or loose wires
- If your horse has a tendency to kick, pick up the legs to clip them, or get someone to hold up a foreleg
- Wear a hard hat and leather chaps if you think the horse may injure you in some way
- Wear protective boots with a toe cap if you think the horse is likely to jump about a bit!
For more hints, tips and ideas, visit out Clipping Help Centre.