Best horse clipper for a nervous horse - the new Heiniger Saphir Horse

28 August 2020  |  Admin

Best horse clipper for a nervous horse - the new Heiniger Saphir Horse

Clipping and Trimming A Nervous Horse - which clipper is best?

If you have a horse who is nervous of clippers it can be extremely stressful and expensive for all concerned.  Many have horses' that get so distressed they need to have a vet and a sedative just to be clipped.  The good news is that it doesn't need to be like this and there are ways to get a nervous horse comfortable with clipping - it can even become a bonding experience between the horse and their most trusted carer.  What's more, you can save a lot of money if you clip your horse yourself - and it's easy once you get the hang of it.

If you have a horse that is nervous (or if you're nervous!), start by just turning on an electric tooth brush or something that vibrates near to the horse.  First let them get used to the sound, then after a few days of doing this, let them get use to the feel on their body.  Distract them, give them a treat, make it a nice moment, gently push the vibrations against their back.  Once your horse is happy with the sensation of vibrations, start to introduce them to a small trimmer.  The Lister Pico or the Sierra Trimmer are good options.  Make sure you know how to use the trimmer before you get close to your horse and make sure you have sharp, oiled blades.  Try the legs and ears last as these are often the most sensitive part to vibrations and noise.  It won't be long before you're ready for a full clip.  

We're often asked which is the best clipper for a nervous horse.  In short, you want a clipper that is quiet, has low vibrations and is easy to manoeuvre.  A fantastic option is the new Heiniger Saphir Horse.  This clipper is made in Switzerland and is extremely powerful for its conveniently small size.  It is quiet, has low vibrations and the battery is integral to the clipper (no cords to irritate the horse).  The Saphir Horse comes with a wide fine blade and is easily capable of clipping between 1 and 3 horses.  It will cope with feathers and coarse hair - but I'd probably opt for a heavier duty clipper for conditions like Cushings.  It takes the standard A5 snap on blades, so there's no need to tension (hooray!) and there is a huge variety of blades available - this means it is great for people who want to use it to clip dogs too.  

Other good options to consider are the Lister Star, which has a great price point and currently has a brilliant offer but is slightly larger and slightly louder than the Heiniger Saphir Horse (plus you have to tension the blades).  The Liveryman Harmony Plus is also a good option - but the Saphir is more robust and powerful.

It really is easy and worth investing in the right clippers to protect your horse and last for the years to come.

If you have any questions, send us an email and we're happy to help.


Here's a link to the new Heiniger Saphir Horse, in case you want more information on this amazing Swiss made horse clipper:


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