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Ok, so my road horse hates the electric clippers, he is horrible about rearing up ...
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    Senior Member Kelsey5674's Avatar
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    Trimming the bridle path with scissors

    Ok, so my road horse hates the electric clippers, he is horrible about rearing up and clonking you in the head when you try to put the clippers on top of his head. So I give up after three years of trying, so I was wandering, has anyone tried to trim the bridle path with just plain old scissors, if so how do you do. The hair is getting really long and I don't want it to get matted or anything. Help.

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    I cut my sister's horse's bridle path with scissors because she doesnt like the clippers either. Theres really nothing to it. Just hold the hair that you want gone and cut it but make sure not to cut his skin
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    Thank you, look at me trying to make it more complicated than it is.

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    Yes, I've used scissors in a pinch when I either had a young horse that wasn't accustomed to clippers yet, or a new horse that hadn't been exposed to electric clippers. Make sure you clip standing on the ground and not on a step stool because sometimes even scissors can alarm a horse. Take a few practice moments and just let the horse hear the sound of the scissors to see what his reaction will be first, before trying to actually clip any mane, and then proceed with a lot of praise when they give you their cooperation.
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    I usually cut the long hairs with a scissors first and then use the clippers, to get a nice clean cut. If you can only use a scissors, just try and make it a clean cut to get it as even as you can

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    I do scissors also on 4 horses. Just to cheap to buy clippers. You can make them look as nice as clippers, if your horse is patient. I do all my trimming with them.

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    A couple of my guys needed bridle paths, and I didn't have the time to work with them with clippers before. Lazy, yes, but they'll learn later

    First I put bands or braid the hair that I don't want to cut, nice and close to their neck. You can always cut more, but you can't uncut something First grab a big chunk of hair and cut it off about an inch from the crest. Then just carefully trim it down. It isn't going to look as great as if you did it with clippers, but it will do the trick
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    I used to trim the bridle path with scissors with my retired QH. He was fine with the clippers on his whiskers, but not his bridle path or ears.

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    whatever method you use (grab a bunch and cut or braid smaller sections to "mark" where you're going to cut), I would suggest sliding a comb between the scissor blades and the horse. That way you can't get close enough to the neck to accidentally cut him and cause even MORE issues than you're currently dealing with. It's a similar thing they do with clippers or scissors at the haircut places, especially when working with squirrelly little kidlets.

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    I do what I can with regular scissors and then even it up with thinning scissors against the grain of growth. My boy is not that big of a scissor fan, let alone clippers, so it takes awhile. As long as I throw in some good butt scratches after he has given me a few quiet seconds to work without standing on my tip toes, he does ok.
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