No filter used – (see image) this is supposed to be white coat however it is filled with dirt grease and sand on clipping day. Bear in mind a clean coat would be fully white here at the base of the skin. Bathing with hot water and elbow grease is great. But even a dandy brush will lift the majority of dirt off when used in the days leading up to clip day. There really is no excuse for presenting a coat this dirty. There are occasions I have turned horses away on clipping day as this dirt can cause numerous problems aside from damaging blades and equipment. Notice how the clip lines are present also?

This happens because the grease and dirt blocks the action of the cut and leaves an unsightly line. This is something I can fix however it takes twice as long and puts excess strain on the motor of my clippers not to mention my back! Just think, would you turn up to the hairdressers with hair this dirty?! I know I wouldn’t. This is the reason why we bath or aim to have clean coats to clip. I often hear people say they didn’t see the point of bathing the fur as it’s being clipped off. The base of the coat that stays on is just as important as the top coat… Luckily the majority of horses do not have coats so bad and I thank my clients for that 🙂

The Horse Barber - Melody Hames