Raglan is officially hairless.
This was my very first time body clipping a horse! I got to the barn early to give Raglan a bath, then spent a good two hours clipping his coat away. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be! I chose to leave his legs and his head unclipped (for my own personal sanity). By the end of the morning I was so. itchy.
Last year I hated waiting for Raglan to dry after I rode, so when late October rolled around and TrainerK brought in a pro to clip her horses, I started shopping for my own pair of body clippers. In the end I ordered the Andis AGC Super 2 Speed clippers from Smartpak. A full body clip costs $135, so in the grand scheme of things I don’t mind shelling out $154 for clippers that I’ll use for at least the next few years!
The AGCs did a good enough job! They’re definitely not clippers that I’d want to use to shave multiple horses in a day, but they made it through the full clip without getting too hot. Towards the end I had to get a little liberal with the Kool Lube and they made a weird squealing noise for the first couple of lines after I sprayed them—like they were just so happy to be cooled down they had to celebrate LOL—but I’m satisfied with their performance. I’d recommend them for anyone looking to clip one horse.
I learned some lessons while I clipped. Next time I’ll drop $30 and get a wider blade (the T-10!). I missed a big spot of dirt at the top of his butt during his bath (short people problems!) so I had to clip through some sludge there, guess I should be more diligent about scrubbing him! And I brought a change of shirt, but not a change of pants—huge mistake, all the hair got stuck in my leggings and I itched all day.
But the deed is done! Raglan had a great ride with TrainerK and it only took him a few minutes to dry!
It was a pain in the butt to clip him, but I’m glad I did it. If you’ve got the money to spend on a professional more power to you, but I don’t regret buying my own pair of clippers!