Purchasing Horse Clippers & Blades
Horse clippers don't come with straightforward descriptions, and this means that it's up to you to compare the various models on the market. With so many designs and options to choose from, it can seem more than a little daunting. They are available with various motors, power levels, speed ratings, and a whole host of other features. However, I am speaking from personal experience when I say that buying horse clippers and horse clipper blades doesn't have to be an impossible task.
Even though you have a broad choice, if you do your homework and take stock of your needs, it's fairly easy to choose clippers that will keep your beloved horse tidy for many years to come.
First decide how you will use the clippers
It's important to decide from the outset how you will use your horse clippers. Do you intend on shearing off his winter coat? Or perhaps you simply want to trim the long hairs on his lower limbs or tidy up his muzzle? When shopping for clippers, you need to keep your needs in mind. This will simplify the task, making it a whole lot quicker and easier.
The good news is, clipper manufacturers do tend to ensure that their labelling points customers in the right direction. Therefore, it's a good idea to become familiar with the different product categories. These include 'trimmers', which are designed for light jobs such as tidying whiskers and ears. These clippers are sometimes referred to as finishing trimmers.
Heavy use clippers are designed to handle bigger tasks such as body clipping or hunter clips. This is where large amounts of hair are removed from the horse's body. These clippers usually feature casings manufactured from materials which are particularly durable and hardwearing. These clippers are often very powerful and so are unsuitable for ear trimming and other tasks that require precision.
Horse clipper blades
Fortunately, buying horse clipper blades is a little more straightforward than buying clippers. Each clipper is fitted with a stationary lower blade (the "comb") and a moving blade above it ("the cutter"). The hair is fed through the comb and the cutter then slices the hair as it passes, cutting it at a length which is determined by the comb's thickness. You choice of blade will depend on the nature of the required cut. If you live in a colder climate, you may decide to leave the hair a little longer. Whereas if the weather's warm or your horse is a show horse, you might opt for a closer cut.
Blades which leave hair 1/16 of an inch long are the most popular type of medium blade, and many clippers intended for general use come with this blade attached. How easy it is to change or adjust a blades depends on the clipper's design.
Unfortunately, you can't experiment with clippers and horse clipper blades before purchasing them. However, it's certainly worth asking friends who own horses which types they used, and if they can make any recommendations. If possible, borrow a few clippers so you can decide which best suits your needs.