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Stay Safe When Clipping

Posted on 09 October 2018 by Kim

Stay Safe When Clipping

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.

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Kim Horton

Co-Founder of EQUUS and a keen equestrian, when Kim's not at her desk she's with her horse, Waldo.

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