1 Get him sedated – if your horse is twitchy about being clipped, it’s safer for you both if you get the vet out to give him a shot of something soothing.
2 Use sharp blades and have a spare pair handy if he’s super-hairy.
3 Don’t forget the circuit-breaker – a clip should leave your horse looking smart, not dead.
4 Do it outside in natural light as it’ll show up every tuft and patch, and you won’t inhale as much hair.
5 Draw the lines on with chalk – so you can get the shape right before clippers meet hair, and there’s no going back…
6 Keep the lines long and the pressure even – short, tentative strokes in various directions will leave your horse looking like he’s had an accident rather than a trim.
7 Oil the blades regularly – a good lubricant is your best friend.
8 If you accidentally take off bits of his mane, don’t go back and try to straighten it – you’ll only make it worse.
9 If it looks dodgy at first, don’t panic – his coat will settle down after a few days. If he still looks awful, resist the urge to have another go at him. It’s hair so it’ll grow back – eventually.
10 Pay a professional to do it for you – realistically, do you cut your own hair?