Shaving your horse has never been so easy with these 5 tips!

Autumn has arrived and that means that our horses are starting to shed their winter coats again. For many owners, now is the time to shave their horses.

Their horse cannot properly lose heat during training or because they are almost impossible to dry afterward. With the following five tips, we will help you to shave your horse neatly.

1.   The right ingredients

Make sure that you use the right equipment for a good result. Be careful in your choice of a grooming razor, and consider in advance whether you also want to shave the head and legs or whether you want to use clippers. The blades of your razor must be sharpened, and ensure that you have at least one extra set of razor blades on hand. If you use clippers, make sure you have the same length. In most cases, horses get sheared at 3mm.

You will also need a power outlet nearby and an extension cord. With oil, you keep the blades and your machine flexible. Use a drop of oil every 10 minutes and use a brush to keep the air vents cleared from loose hair. And, of course, the important part, your horse! Make sure that your horse is clean and dry. The horse will not necessarily have to get washed, but it is advised that you wash them the day before. Make sure you are standing in a sheltered area while shaving and that there is good lighting. Lastly, have someone in the stable lend you a hand.

2.   Work calm and safe

Shearing a horse can be physically demanding and involves risks. Safety comes first. A good horse while shearing is not self-evident. Even the best horses can be scared of the device. Not only the sound but also the vibration can trigger a reaction. So always work carefully and introduce the device in a positive way. There are several ways to calm a horse. Rest, training, and patience have the most effect in the long run. If you want to switch to a sedative, then contact your vet.

A remedy that works very well with tense horses is Confidence EQ. Apply Confidence EQ to the inside of the horses’ nostrils 30 minutes before shaving. The effect then lasts for 2.5 hours. Confidence EQ contains pheromones. It is a hormone a horse produces during flehmen. A foal also receives this from its mother and has a calming effect. Confidence EQ mimics this effect, and the horse recognizes these signals instinctively. In turn, it reduces stress levels. It will allow you to work in a calm manner. Important to know: Confidence EQ is not a veterinary medicine, and can be used in combination with any other medicine. It is also not on the FEI doping list. In addition, always keep one hand in contact with the horse so you can feel what the horse is about to do. If you want to shave the legs, ask your helper to hold the other leg if the horse moves too much or pick up the leg you want to shave. Are you afraid to clip the horse yourself, or is it harder than you thought? Then call in a professional. A professional could be a trainer to desensitize your horse, someone who professionally shears horses, or a vet to sedate your horse.

3.   Work effectively

Working quickly and effective means more than gliding the razor over your horse. Working quickly without doing it correctly, will leave you with striping and prevents the razor from working well. Hold your device parallel to the horse, let the device glide over the skin, and do not press the shaving head against the skin. Make long strokes against the direction of the hair in gentle movements. For difficult spots, ask your helper for help. For example, ask your helper to stretch the front leg so that the skin of the armpit is taut and you can shave it well. Your helper can also keep the tail aside or keep flies at bay. If you want to shave a pattern, chalk can help you predetermine your design.

4.   Think about which blankets your horse needs

When shaving your horse, it cannot use the coat as insulation. Fortunately, a rug can help keep your horse warm. It is also possible to shave your horse in a blanket model. Many horse owners use a quarter sheet during the warm-up on a shaven horse. With horses that spend a lot of time outside, with relatively little shelter, using a neck cover is advised. Pay attention to the fit to prevent your horse from getting chafing spots from the rug. Rugs have different types of lining. A fabric that slides over places like the shoulders and hips smoothly, can reduce the chance of chafing. An extra warm rug will not cause the coat the grow back faster. Coat growth mainly depends on the duration of daylight. In addition, your horse will not feel comfortable with a rug that is too warm. Feel underneath the rug a few hours after shaving to ensure your horse feels fine. Lastly, you can ensure you are ahead of the freezing cold temperatures by shearing your horse in October, November, or early December. That way, the coat will have grown back a little by the time it gets cold.

5.   Neatly shave a pattern

A creative pattern on your horse can be a lot of fun! It does take patience and precision to do it properly. There are several stickers and stencils on the market that you can stick on your horse or shave around. But you can also make your own template. Make a template on cardboard and cut it out. You keep the stencil on your horse and shave around it after you tidy up the design. A smaller clipper can offer a more precise cut. Also, ensure that you shave at the same length as your larger device. The first time we recommend that you choose a template with little detail, such as a heart, star, or four-leaf clover. Shaving a pattern out of the fur is also possible. The disadvantage is that you can not shave it away when it doesn’t turn out the way you wanted it. A very long and thick coat is also not useful for shaving templates. In that case, you can put a comb on your clippers so that you first make this piece of fur a bit shorter, for example, 8 mm.