A few years ago I started using my Andis Progress Clippers. I love these clippers, very heavy duty and durable yet not heavy and clunky. It used to be everyone had Oster clippers for body clipping. I can't remember which model, but I do remember how incredibly heavy those things were. I swear they could have been used as a boat anchor and I felt like I had permanent carpal tunnel syndrome after body clipping one horse.
For harder to do areas on the face, legs etc. I use Andis AGC 2 Speed clippers. If you can't tell I am a fan of Andis clippers. In total I have three sets of Andis clippers. Using them feels like a gift from the gods after lugging around those Oster clippers for years.
Lily was up first and could not have been better. She stood like a statue and made things easy. Cuffie was equally as good. They both were clipped on Tuesday. Yesterday I clipped Chili. One would think that the 32 year old horse who has been body clipped who knows how many times in his life would be the easiest one. I've clipped Chili four times myself. As always I gave Chili a good bath (dirt dulls the clipper blades) to start things off. Then I handgrazed him for about 10 minutes until he was done dripping, then it was off to work.
I like to clip the horses when they are wet to keep the hair from flying around everywhere, and hopefully cut down on the amount of horse hair that I inhale. This is my diary of body clipping Chili:
10:30 - put Chili on the cross ties, turn on clippers
10:31 - make two passes with the clippers, then stop to clean up Chili's fresh manure pile
10:32 - make a few more passes with the clippers, then Chili starts twitching his skin (that tickles!) and stomping his legs at the fly that is about 4 feet away from him
10:35 - cover Chili and the barn aisle in a cloud of fly spray; Chili keeps stomping away
10:37 - Chili decides it is time to add some fidgeting and shuffling around in the cross ties in with the twitching and stomping
10:45 - turn off clippers to clean up Chili's second manure pile
And repeat all of the above for three hours. Twitch, poop, stomp, shuffle, fidget, repeat. He never really did anything bad, he just made everything hard if that makes sense. He smiled the entire time I was working on him, and the more annoyed I got the bigger his smile appeared to be.
Eventually I got the job done although I will admit it was not my best work. When I put him back outside he was power trotting away from me the moment I had the halter off his head. Hopefully Chili and I are done body clipping for another year, although I might have to clip him again in another 90 days. It would be safe to say that Chili and I are both hoping this will not be necessary!
Chili says "hasta la vista, baby"
Cuffie in progress
I forgot to take a picture of Lily in progress and of course she rolled less than a second after I turned her back out; thus I was denied even the sparkling clean, freshly clipped picture.
Silver enjoying a nice roll