People often ask the following question ;

is it worth clipping creative patterns into white fur and grey horses? Do designs show up in white fur?

…. And my answer is absolutely yes! There are many different โ€˜typesโ€™ or white fur, so some do indeed show up very minimally, and others are much more obvious. The horses breed, skin colour and fur type , all play a part in how we can create a design that works! But my attitude towards creative grooming on white horses is let’s to go for it!

Below are a selection of previous works over the years on different types of white / grey horses and different breeds …

Below is the traditional cob ‘Frank’, who’s owner specifically requested this style of bee , so we made it work as best we could and she was very pleased with how it turned out ๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ

Below are some photos of golden oldie Tyson who has since crossed the rainbow bridge ๐ŸŒˆ , he was an awesome pony who I had the pleasure of working with over several years with great thanks to his wonderful Owner Jill. Tyson actually had Cushings disease so this provided us with a very thick coat, luckily he loved his clipping sessions and one of the years he very proudly wore the Manchester Bee ๐Ÿ in remembrance of the people affected and that lost their lives in the Manchester Arena Bombing back in 2017 ๐Ÿ’”


Above and below is an American breed know as the Morab, his name is Nick and a Morab is a mix between a Morgan and an Arabian horse

Play around with different length blades to work on contrast and consider positioning the design if it is over separate colours. One thing to pay extra close attention to is the horses with pink skin under the white fur, we have to pay particular attention to make sure that we do not clip too close and expose the pink skin by using blades which clip too short (think surgical) which can lead to irritations under saddle or in sun (depending on where you are in the world!) In the North of the UK we arenโ€™t blessed with much sun unfortunately , however its important to consider regardless if we are doing close clipping, particularly for design work. In this instance I recommend clipping with a blade that leaves medium to long hair in larger areas of design work.

Top tip: Texture can plan a big part in assisting design work on grey horses, so use texture to your advantage and have a play around with the shapes to create something beautiful <3

Please feel free to leave your questions in the comments below and I will do my best to answer them ๐Ÿ–Š

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The Horse Barber - Melody Hames