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Grooming Gypsy Horses

It's that time of year again-time to body clip the Gypsy Vanner If the temperature where you live is above 70 deg F it is time to get rid of that fuzzy undercoat .  Most Gypsy Horses have been body-clipped if they are in a hot climate. If they haven’t ever been clipped, they may be afraid of the clippers.  If they have never been clipped before, you will need to take the time to introduce them to the clippers.

Introduce the horse to the clippers slowly
We have found if you hold the clippers on them and also give them some love , they will start to understand that the clippers will not harm them.  Horses are preyed upon in the wild , so they are naturally fright or flight animals   As a horse groomer it is our responsibility to make this a pleasant experience for them. If the big clippers scare the horse, try starting with smaller ones (the ones used to trim the face).  The large clippers (the ones used on the body) make a loud noise, so understand that it is a fear response?, not misbehavior.

Start with a clean horse
Brush and thouroughly clean the horses coat.   At Gypsy MVP we use a medicated shampoo from EZ-Groom. We find that this shampoo prevents irritation.

Always keep your blades cool and clean.
This makes your job easier and gives better results for the horse . Keeping the clippers cool and clean is very important. Clippers get hot really fast , so make sure you check them often. And if they are dirty they are louder and clip slower.  

Offer treat when you are finished with the grooming session
After you are done , make sure you give the horse a treat, so it makes it a good experience for him .  This way the next time you put the horse in a stall for clipping (or any other reason) they will look forward to the experience.

This article is compliment of Lisa the groomer for Gypsy MVP, America’s most trusted source for Gypsy Horses.

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