July 2, 2015

Clipping Gone Wrong: The Ratchet Mess

Last year, body clipping Jethro went well.  Sure, there were some clipper lines, but overall he looked rather sleek.  
Body clipped donkey
Clipped Jethro = Cute Little Man
Jethro is a complete wooly mammoth as far as his coat goes.  His hair is super long, thick, and looks very yacky if left unclipped.  He doesn't shed out easily and with 110* weather, body clipping is a must.
Body clip yak fur
Yak fur
I purchased several new blades and whipped out the trusty 2-Speeders and set to work.  Except there was one problem: the clippers weren't clipping away the hair.  No matter how clean Jethro was or how cool and new the blades were, barely anything was cut off. 


Body clipping your horse fail
Case in point
Pretty soon, we had a mess on our hands.  There were bald spots, clipper lines, and uneven/choppy hair.  In other words, he is pretty beat up looking with an appearance similar to a diseased donkey.  While there was no bodily harm done, aesthetics-wise he is ugly.
Me: "How do you like your haircut, Jethro?"
Jethro: "Oh my gosh, I love it, thank you so much!"
Jethro: *Goes to stall and cries for 10 hours*
Body clipping your horse fail
Note the long stomach hair in the background
Now, I don't know exactly what happened with these clippers.  They won't cut anything anymore, even short, thin hair. In hindsight, as soon as I realized they sucked I should have stopped clipping, but for some reason I was clinging to the hope that it would get better. 
But alas, have no fear.  I have ordered some heavy duty clippers, and *hopefully* they will work and I didn't just waste $300 but I probably did I can salvage what is left of his appearance and dignity.
Body clipping your horse fail

UPDATE as of July 9: Remember how I said "hopefully they will work and I didn't just waste $300 but I probably did" regarding the new clippers? Well, I definitely wasted $300.  They are LOUD, as in there-is-a-chainsaw-right-next-to-my-ear loud and SUPER heavy. Upon calling customer service someone suggested I dip them in car motor oil...

11 comments:

  1. That is hysterical!!! Poor little Jethro! Let me know if you find a clipper that works well

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    1. It is slightly amusing, at Jethro's expense.

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  2. Oh no! I hope the new one works. I love your new design by the way, and I did the survey.

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  3. My clippers did the same thing this spring, and when I took the head apart, it turned out that one tiny, tiny piece (the rocker block that makes the blades move back and forth) was cracked. It was just a normal wear part. It cost me $15 shipped to replace and they went back to normal. I thought I was going to have to get all new blades, too. I hope you didn't throw the old clippers out! Inspect those puppies for any damage first!

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    1. I still have them. I did take things apart and there was donkey fur around in there, but I cleaned it out. I will have to go back through and take a closer look, especially at that part - thank you for sharing that!

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  4. Oh dear! POOR Jethro! "Goes to stall and cries for 10 hours" I can't stop laughing!

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  5. Oh man that is one thick coat!! Good luck w the new clippers!

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