Posted on 29th Oct 2018
It is important to remember that animal clippers are electrical appliances and they have many external and internal components that are made of metal. The body of your clipper may have air filters to ensure air flows through the handset to help keep it cool and blow clipped hair out of the internal workings.
Even so, a closed handset without filters is never 100% water tight. Whilst specialist clipper oil is perfect for keeping your clipper and blades well lubricated, water should never be allowed near your clipper.
Posted on 25th Oct 2018
At this time of year, our horses are slowly turning into woolly mammoths and whether you love clipping or hate it, there are some things that can make clipping a lot more stressful than it needs to be.Read More
Posted on 17th Oct 2018
Issue - Motor running but no movement of the blades
Cause – Sheared teeth on the cog
The cog on your heavy-duty clipper can wear unexpectedly if the blades hit something hard when clipping that stop them from moving. This is often a stone or debris that is hidden in the coat. But before sending your clipper into us for a full service and repair, take a look to see if you can fix the problem yourself.
Posted on 28th Sep 2018
After a long hot summer, our shepherds are busy body scoring the ewes ready for tupping.
The lambs have been weaned around mid-august and the ewes have had a busy summer looking after and feeding their lambs. Combined with the exceptionally dry summer here in UK affecting the quality of the pasture, they may have lost some condition, so it’s important to increase their condition for tupping to ensure the best possible lamb percentages for next spring.
Posted on 26th Sep 2018
Have you ever spent a good hour or so clipping your horse, for the final result to look as though your horse has been clipped with a lawnmower? If so, don’t worry, you’re not the only one. It’s happened to the best of us.
Read on to find out how to avoid unsightly tram lines when clipping your beloved horse.
Posted on 10th Sep 2018
Clipping season is here! As the summer coats finally begin to shed, the longer coarse winter coat will be showing promising signs of coming through. So, while the weather is mild, our horses are starting to get a little sweatier than normal!
If you haven’t already, make sure your existing blades are sent off now for re-sharpening ready for the season ahead. At Masterclip, we recommend Shear Ease Ltd for sharpening your Masterclip blades. They offer a convenient and fast postal service and use high-end specialist equipment to give your blades the best finish.
Posted on 7th Sep 2018
Its officially Autumn and whilst the daytime temperature is still warm, our horses’ coats are soon coming through. Whilst the coat is still relatively short, it’s tempting to just reach for the clippers after a quick groom.
Many owners will simply clip their horses with minimal preparation to the coat but to achieve the very best quality and comfortable clip for your horse, it requires a little more time and effort.
Posted on 24th Aug 2018
There are a few things that farmers do not look forward to, with two of those being trimming sheep hooves and clipping cattle. At least with the latter, the process is a fairly quick and easy process, thanks to the advanced cattle clippers available on the market today.
Hoof care is something that’s absolutely essential and if you’ve put it off until now, you need to find the time to get it done, as procrastination has a way of catching up with you.
Posted on 23rd Aug 2018
Are you already dreading the winter because of the very thought of how on earth you are going to clip your nervous horse? If this is you, take heart! There are things you can do now to help you and your horse to achieve a much less stressful clipping experience. Whether your horse is new to clipping or has had a previous bad experience, the key is to slowly introduce them to clippers and to the sensation, noise and process of the clipping experience and build up gradually. This process of acceptance is called desensitisation.
The team at Masterclip have put together a quick guide on how you can approach desensitisation in the right way to ensure that the experience is as straight-forward and comfortable as it should be.
Posted on 20th Aug 2018
Towards the end of August as the nights draw in, the changes in daylight hours trigger your horse or pony’s winter coat to grow. September marks the start of the busy horse clipping season here at Masterclip, so we have some tips to help you have the most hassle-free clipping experience all winter long. Now is the time to dig out your clippers to ensure they are ready and working for the busy months ahead.Read More
Posted on 17th Aug 2018
Most dog owners will be familiar with the following scenario – you’ve gone to work for the day, grabbed dinner on the way home, only to open the door to be hit with an overwhelming smell of… well, dog. Sometimes a quick spray can sort the problem, but more often than not, it will take a proper bath and a good scrub to remove any unwanted smells.
Nonetheless, what is it that you can do if your furry buddy is hit by the mother of all bad smells? Yes, you guessed it right… we’re talking about that horrendous skunk smell.
Posted on 10th Aug 2018
The Old English sheepdog is a beautiful canine with a dense coat, is quite intelligent and agile, not to mention exceptionally obedient. This sheepdog enjoys performing tasks and is one such breed that possesses great strength. This is why it can be seen in the obedience, conformation, herding and agility rings and competitions with its trademark shuffling gait.
Its thick coat protects it from the elements, which is always ideal for a British based dog given our freezing weather conditions. You will find that this canine comes in shades of grey, blue or blue merle, both with and without markings. But all in all, we can agree that this dog is simply beautiful whatever its markings.
Posted on 3rd Aug 2018
The pets shown on cartoons might whip up some side-splitting antics, but every real-life dog and cats have nearly learned, if not to love, at least to respect each other. Maybe that’s the reason why almost every pet owner thinks that till the time they haven’t added a cat and canine to the house, their family is incomplete.
Well, that being said, bringing either of them home when you already have the other is not as easy as it might seem. There are certain things that you as an owner need to bear in mind in order to develop a stable bond between the two.
Posted on 20th Jul 2018
As summer kicks in, you and your pet can finally stay outdoors for longer hours. But with the brighter days and warm weather also comes the risk of heat exhaustion. So, at least one of you should know when to head back home. And since it has to be you, read on!Read More
Posted on 16th Jul 2018
Flies can create many problems for farm owners, but it is the sheep farms that stand at maximum risk of falling prey to a fly strike. Flies have the most disastrous impact on sheep and can cause extensive damage to the farming industry too, so farmers need to go to whatever lengths possible to avoid a fly strike infestation.
This blog will cover several aspects relating to fly strike, such as the factors that increase the susceptibility of sheep and what preventive measures can be taken to minimise the risk.
Posted on 6th Jul 2018
The Queen’s kingdom is being invaded. These blood-thirsty invaders can sneak into your stable undetected and wreak havoc on the gentle souls that inhabit it. Now they may be microscopic compared to your horses, but don’t let their tiny size fool you!
If you’re wondering why we make it sound like an invasion of dwarf sized vampires, it’s because that is pretty much what horseflies are!
Posted on 25th Jun 2018
Have you ever gone bonkers and done something completely outrageous just to please your four-legged buddy? Have you ever slept on the edge of your bed so that your little pooch has enough space and feels comfy, even though you’re practically hanging off the edge? Have you ever given the little tyke treats at random because you just can’t say no to those adorable puppy eyes?Read More
Posted on 8th Jun 2018
Ever been to an event with your dog where you were treated like the extra? Where your dog got the spotlight and you were just another human tagging alone with one of the real stars of the event?Read More
Posted on 31st May 2018
Now that summer is almost here, that means only one thing for equine show enthusiasts – it’s time to start prepping now! There is plenty to think about, from the health of your horse to the logistics involved in getting to various shows.Read More
Posted on 29th May 2018
With winter blankets and horse rugs finally being packed away, it’s pretty clear that summer is finally here! But with hot summer weather comes the need to be more watchful of your horse as it is difficult to know what our beloved equine friends need.Read More
Posted on 26th May 2018
Summers, whilst they are beautiful in many ways, can be a bit of nightmare when it brings with it scorching temperatures. Remaining cool becomes a mammoth task and one you have to face daily for months on end, and this is also especially true for your four-legged furry companion.Read More
Posted on 23rd May 2018
Britain is all set for the incoming bank holiday as the cold winds and unrelenting rain are replaced with a soaring heatwave. Whilst it’s something that has everyone jumping up and down in shorts and vests, there are other things to consider aside from topping up your faded tan…Read More
Posted on 11th Apr 2018
Given that it is National Pet Day today, the team here at Masterclip thought it would be good fun to collate some fun facts about some of our favourite animals. We know you’re all animal crazy, plus who doesn’t love reading anything relating our furry friends? We’re not sure those types of people even exist…do they?Read More
Posted on 10th Apr 2018
We understand that for the majority of dog owners, their furry friends are part of the family. Whilst they might not always join us at the dinner table (though again, there are some very generous dog-owners out there), they are an integral part of the family and therefore must be treated as such.
You may have noticed that grooming salons are popping up all over the place – there’s a reason for that! The market for pet pampering is more than booming… In the UK alone, we spent nearly £2.5bn on grooming, pet insurance and vet bills last year.
Posted on 9th Apr 2018
So, the time has finally arrived again… your favourite non-human friend needs a good bath. We know that it’s anything but easy, but hey, aside from getting absolutely soaked, it’s not all that bad really.
Whether it’s something you and your dog enjoy or not, bathing your dog cannot be avoided. It plays a vital role in their health and without doing so, your dog’s skin and coat will soon start to suffer.
Posted on 4th Apr 2018
Springtime is when the frequency of lost pet hair increases as they start shedding their winter coats. As most of this shedding is going to occur in the home it is a good idea to tackle the problem earlyRead More
Posted on 2nd Apr 2018
Lambs are particularly vulnerable in wet conditions, so they are kept in open fronted sheds to ‘harden’ them off before being turned out to grass in March. This helps them become acclimatised to chillier conditions and the fresh air circulating throughout the shed provides a healthier environment.Read More
Posted on 26th Feb 2018
Dogs and symbols of dogs are hoped to bring luck this year. They are the sign of intelligence and protection, so this year should be a good one…
Posted on 2nd Nov 2017
Its nearly that time of year again for firework celebrations and whilst many of us love them, it can be a deeply worrying time for our horses and pets. Here are a few pointers to keep your animal’s safe during firework season.Read More
Posted on 3rd Oct 2017
There are around 330 recognised domestic dog breeds in the world and each breed has its own specific characteristics. One of the characteristics that defines a breed is coat type and these range from smooth, short coats to combination and double coats.Read More
Posted on 26th Sep 2017
A desirable trait when looking to purchase a horse is the term “100% to clip” but not all horses are so relaxed about being clipped. In some cases, horses so can become so stressed by the experience, that the only way to the to get a pair of clippers near them is through intravenous sedation by a vet. Not only is this a big inconvenience for an owner, but is also very expensive!Read More
Posted on 15th Sep 2017
The busy Horse clipping season is soon upon us and we are often being asked about which of the clippers in our range would suit certain requirements. One thing to take into consideration is the type of clipping owners are expecting to do. Not all horses will need to be fully clipped, depending on the horse’s workload, age, body condition, how the horse is kept and the climate.Read More
Posted on 17th Aug 2017
We are fast approaching the horse clipping season again - so here is some helpful information to read ahead of the season.Read More
Posted on 4th Aug 2017
As the temperature rises and we start to enjoy the warmer days we must remember that our dogs don’t enjoy the heat as much as we do and we need to take steps to keep them cool.Read More
Posted on 3rd Aug 2017
Warmer weather means more flies and raises the potential for fly strike affecting your rabbit. Fly eggs rapidly develop into maggots which bury into the skin and twice daily checks are necessary to reduce the likelihood of your pet being affected.Read More
Posted on 27th Jul 2017
Going on a well-deserved break with your beloved dog is an exciting prospect but there are a few things to consider so that your four legged friend shares in the fun and does not suffer from holiday blues.Read More
Posted on 8th Jun 2017
Cushing’s disease is an endocrine disorder in equines caused by a tumour that develops in the pituitary gland. This tumour, known as a pituitary adenoma causes the pituitary gland to secrete increased amounts of hormones into the body. The correct terminology for equine Cushing’s is Pituitary Pars Intermedia Dysfunction (PPID). In a healthy horse, dopamine’s released by neurons in the hypothalamus mediates the release of hormones from the pars intermedia (or intermediate lobe) of the pituitary gland. However, in horses with Cushing’s, these neurons degenerate, reducing the amount of dopamine released and resulting in pars intermedia to become more active and enlarged, over producing and releasing larger volumes of hormones.Read More
Posted on 25th May 2017
It is not guaranteed that the lack of visible algae ensures that a water source is toxin free. Therefore local knowledge is the best form of prevention.Read More
Posted on 16th May 2017
Blowfly are a parasite that tend to affect sheep between April to October when the weather is usually warmer and humid. The flies are attracted to the odours of the sheep including urine and faeces trapped in the fleece and excessing sweating caused by a heavy fleece.Read More
Posted on 15th Mar 2017
The first lambs of the year are now frolicking around the fields and what a great sight that is to see! A sure sign that spring is imminent and the warmer weather is approaching.Read More
Posted on 9th Mar 2017
There seems to be some confusion about clipper heads and what blades they take. If you use a heavy duty horse clipper, it will either have a head that takes Wolseley, Heiniger or Lister style blades.Read More
Posted on 22nd Feb 2017
Dogs that have a lot of hair around the feet can be prone to matting. Matts can even form in between the toes, causing your dog much discomfort.Read More
Posted on 20th Feb 2017
Anyone who owns a long-haired cat will understand the need to regularly groom the coat to keep it in good condition. However even with habitual brushing, knots and tangles can form, especially under the tummy, throat and around the legs.Read More
Posted on 15th Feb 2017
Whilst there are hundreds of different pet shampoos on the market, is it really worth investing in a natural or organic pet shampoo?Read More
Posted on 27th Jan 2017
Even though the winter can be lots of fun for all the family, it can cause problems for our animals. Here is some advice to help keep your four legged friends warm and safe from danger during the cold winter months.Read More
Posted on 14th Dec 2016
Thinking of purchasing horse clippers for a loved one this Christmas but don’t know where to start? This blog post gives you the run down of our horse clipper and trimmer options to help you find the perfect match.
We offer a range of clippers and trimmers and are often asked by our customers which clipper would be the most suitable or their particular needs. This can vary so much between horse owners, depending on how much clipping they do, the type of clipping (partial or full), the type of coat they are clipping, (such as fine thoroughbreds or coarse cob coats) and also suitability for youngstock or nervous horses.
Posted on 30th Nov 2016
Due to the current exchange rate and the value of the pound, our clippers offer exceptional value for international customers.
Posted on 15th Nov 2016
Laminated springs are an important part of some heavy duty horse clippers that have the traditional Heiniger style head. From our range this includes the Ranger, HD Roamer and Multihead.Read More
Posted on 7th Nov 2016
Make clipping your horse this season quick, easy and safe with a set of cordless clippers from Masterclip.Read More