Meet The Horse Barber

 

Melody Hames, The Horse Barber

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Melody Hames, is the name behind ‘The Horse Barber’ Brand. She is the UKs first Horse Clipping Educator and brings professionalism and education to the Equestrian clipping industry – raising the bar and creating a higher standard of horse clipping.

The Horse Barber service is a concept created by Melody Hames as she progressed in her horse clipping journey and began her business in 2012.

Melody has challenged the status quo of equestrian clipping as we know it. She has changed the face of traditional clipping methods to bring a new life to the horse clipping industry, using her unique approach and passion for her craft and taking creative clipping into mainstream media.

How did it all begin?

Melody began clipping horses at the age of just 9 years old in the mid 90’s. She has a passion for horses as well as a passion for Art and Design, She Graduated from the University of Salford with a BA Hons Degree Graphic Design degree in 2015.

She is self taught and began clipping her Connermara pony who suffered from cushings disiese , to assist his comfort and wellbeing.

20 years later she has become the first horse clipper from the UK to offer her creative and traditional horse clipping skills in the form of education and training, as an equine clipping educator, both nationally and internationally,

Melody has showcased her horse clipping techniques in the USA alongside renowned American clipper company Andis for 2 years running 2017 – 2018 and continues to deliver the first of its kind equine clipping education in the United Kindgom.

Melodys passion and unique approach to her craft quickly gained the attention of media world wide, in the from of both online and print press, magazines, blogs and newspapers as well as TV publications including CNN news in the US.

Hard work pays off

Melody has brought her input into the horse clipping industry and influenced horse clipping as we know it today, with her concept ‘the horse barber’ approach. Melody identified a need for education and training in the industry of horse clipping and is the first to offer her experience and style of training into the United Kingdom. Creative clipping is becoming more and more widely accepted and awareness of horse clipping benefits is at an all time high.

Melody offers a different approach to horse clipping as has previously been known, largely due to her passion for craft, horsemanship skills, knowledge and understanding of different horses and coat types as well as a passion for art and design. All of this has helped her to identifiy new and better ways for the future of clipping horses safely and effectively, as well as creatively.

Melody envisions an improved future of horse clipping and by providing her training, she wishes to create a safer and happier environment during the clipping process, for both horses and their handlers / owners alike.

Melody Identified a void In training in the equine clipping industry and set up her Budding Horse Barber Concept – brining clipping education to those who wish to become better at the craft of horse clipping. The objective of Melodys training is creating a safer and more enjoyable experience for both horse and handler when it comes to clipping season.

Horse Clipping

Traditional clipping is very much at the forefront of The Horse Barbers work. She takes pride in traditional clipping as much as the creative branch of services offered. Feel free to share this with anyone you may think may benefit from this breakdown of clips and their functions.

Creative Clipping can range from a small hind feature right through to a full body creative project. A small hind feature can be added to your regular traditional clip, anything is possible and I come up with freehand designs to suit your ideas.

Fear is the main emotion that undermines confidence. Are you worried about how your horse is going to handle clipping day? Look no further and learn about the ‘clip-in confidence’ services on offer. A nervous horse and an ill-mannered horse are two very different things and handling of these should be altered accordingly.

Recognising the difference is crucial in building trust with a nervous horse. Nervous horses usually have a reason behind their fear. A past experience or a heavy hand combined with noisy heavy-duty clippers is enough to send fear and bad memories to a horse, whenever they hear the sound.

Confidence Building

Private Tuition

When you book in your horse for his regular clip, take the opportunity to book in for a half day 1-1 session training with The Horse Barber. During this session I talk you through what I am doing and encourage you to take part in clipping. I will explain the best approach for your individual horse, including the most suitable equipment and blades for your horses’ unique coat type. You will learn how to handle and use the latest top of the range products in equestrian clipping.

Confidence Building

Fear is the main emotion that undermines confidence. Are you worried about how your horse is going to handle clipping day? Look no further and learn about the ‘clip-in confidence’ services on offer. A nervous horse and an ill-mannered horse are two very different things and handling of these should be altered accordingly.

Recognising the difference is crucial in building trust with a nervous horse. Nervous horses usually have a reason behind their fear. A past experience or a heavy hand combined with noisy heavy-duty clippers is enough to send fear and bad memories to a horse, whenever they hear the sound.

Private Tuition

When you book in your horse for his regular clip, take the opportunity to book in for a half day 1-1 session training with The Horse Barber. During this session I talk you through what I am doing and encourage you to take part in clipping. I will explain the best approach for your individual horse, including the most suitable equipment and blades for your horses’ unique coat type. You will learn how to handle and use the latest top of the range products in equestrian clipping.

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