How to Choose Clippers for Horses

By: Mary
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A horse looks majestic with its shiny coat, glorious mane, and its interesting tail. Its tail, although not as appealing as its coat and mane, is one of the animal’s prized possession. And one of the best uses of its tail is as a fly swat. Yes, a horse actually uses its tail to swish off flies, just like similar animals. It also uses its tail to communicate certain emotions. A trainer or a horse rider will know if the foal is feeling excited, uncomfortable, even frightened, just by the way it wags its tail. While in the show ring, a nicely flowing tail can also create a positive impression on the judges. But, like its hair, it needs to be maintained. And if you are asking, how to choose clippers for horses, this is a post that might just give you the answers that you are looking for.

Keeping Your Horse’s Tail At Its Best

Making sure that your foal’s tail will look perfect any time requires not only cleaning it regularly and thoroughly. You will also need to clip and trim it as this will help make your horse’s tail look at its best every time. It will also make the animal feel comfortable, especially if it needs to train and race regularly in a hot training or racing space.

Choosing the Best Clippers for Horses

Like any other grooming products for horses, there will be several options whether you look for one in a local store or online. But, as you may already have noted, not all of them will be the right choice, even the most expensive options will not be the best option to go with.

So, how do you pick the right clipper to use for your horse’s tail?

Before you look for one, make sure that you are fully decided whether to have a grooming kit for your horse instead of having to bring a specialist groomer to have your horse’s tail and hair clipped and trimmed. It is a fact that keeping a horse can be quite expensive. So, if you are going to require a specialist groomer, just imagine how much more should be added to your horse care expenses.

Now, if you are decided to buy clippers for horses, there are a few things that you need to consider to ensure that you will get your money’s worth.


One of the thongs that you need to think about when looking for the clippers to buy for your horse is the functionality of the options that you may find. Are you looking for one that can work for a specific part to trim or will you be needing the clippers or trimmers to groom the whole body of the horse? How many horses will be regularly using the clippers or trimmers? You will need to make sure to find good quality clippers as it will guarantee to provide longer use for the grooming tools.


The speed of the clippers is usually measured by the strokes it makes per minute. Bigger lumps of hair, like the tales and manes, will need high-speed clippers. For one that can be used for more than one clipping or trimming purpose, it is best to go with clippers with adjustable speed.

Corded or Cordless

It is up to you whether you would go with a corded or cordless clipper or trimmers. Note, however, that corded clippers restricts movement, but will ensure that you won’t need to to charge in case you ran out of battery (just like if  you go with a cordless option). Take note also that there options that can both corded or cordless, so if you can find one that offers both options, it is best to consider it instead.

There are several options available in the market today for high-quality clippers and trimmers, including those offered by brands like Wahl, Oster and Andis. When choosing the best clippers for horses, you may also want to consider feedback from customers. After all, they are the ones that may have first hand experience using those clippers and trimmers.

Have you tried any clippers or trimmers from these brands? Perhaps, you have other brands in mind? How was your experience using the clipper or the trimmer?