Louise Bransby (co-owner) holds Puppet, almost half-way through her clip by Lehan Britten

Horse clipping by Lehan Britten at HPRA

A shot of the clipping from the front
A shot of the clipping from the front. © Irma Havlicek.
In preparation for an upcoming show, a yearling agisted at HorsePower Riding Academy was clipped by equine clipping and presentation specialist, Lehan Britten.

Lehan’s work includes equine body clipping, show clipping, mane and tail plaiting, and mane-pulling.

Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan Britten is clipping her
Louise Bransby holds Puppet while Lehan is clipping her. © Irma Havlicek

Puppet is a yearling co-owned by mother and daughter, Lorraine and Louise Bransby, and agisted at HPRA. This was the first time Puppet has been clipped but she coped with it quite well due to Lehan’s experience and calm demeanour, and also because either Louise or Lorraine were there to hold and reassure her.

A view of Puppet's left side as the clip is progressing.
A view of Puppet’s left side as the clip is progressing. © Irma Havlicek.

Clipping is done against the growth of the hair in a systematic, smooth process. The clip includes inside the ears and the nostrils. The main reasons for clipping are for temperature reasons (the horse gets hot in summer or due to heavy work) or because it is considered more attractive for a horse being showed.

A view from behind as Lehan is clipping Puppet. Louise Bransby watches on
A view from behind as Lehan is clipping Puppet. Louise Bransby watches on. © Irma Havlicek
A closer view of Lehan clipping Puppet
A closer view of Lehan clipping Puppet. © Irma Havlicek
Lehan Britten continues to clip Puppet's near hindquarters.
The clip continues. © Irma Havlicek

Puppet is stabled at HPRA and is always rugged (usually with multiple rugs) when it is cold, so her temperature after the clip will be fine.

Puppet after she has been clipped.
Lorraine Bransby (co-owner) holds Puppet after Lehan has completed the clip. © Irma Havlicek.

Lehan Britten can be contacted on mobile phone number 0459 777 932.

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