Fix up and look sharp with these top trimmers

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  • The best horse trimmers are ideal for getting to the bits that even the best horse clippers can’t – they’re perfect for finishing touches and quick tidy ups. Trimmers are all lightweight and easy to hold, which makes them great for manoeuvring into the trickier places. They’re also low noise and low vibration, which is really handy if you have a nervous horse or a horse that doesn’t like to be clipped, but also helps when you’re working around the head and ears.

    Most of the best horse trimmers are battery powered and there is a lot of variation between running and charging times. Some have some sort of battery level or charge indicator, which is a handy feature to have. Most trimmers also offer a variety of cut length options and easy-to-change blades, but this is definitely worth checking before you make your final decision. Typically, the more features the handset has, the higher the price point.

    Can you clip a horse with trimmers?

    While some trimmers may be able to cope with tidying up a very fine coat, they are not designed to cope with a full clip and you will be much more successful with a set of the best horse clippers. Trimmers are best saved for trickier areas, such as bridlepaths, blending around the face or tidying up feathers.

    Best horse trimmers

    Clipperman Jewel horse trimmer

    Clipperman Jewel

    Power source: Internal rechargeable Li-ion battery
    Run time: Up to 5 hours
    Charge time: 3–5 hours
    Handset length: 18cm
    Grip diameter: 3.6cm
    Weight: 200g
    Warranty: 2 years
    RRP: £46.33

    This 3.7v dual-speed battery-powered trimmer from Clipperman is comparable to 12w of mains power. It has a great run time of five hours and a digital display that shows you exactly when you’re about to run out of power or how much longer you need to charge for. It is very lightweight and has an F5 snap-on blade connection with detachable 2-in-1 ceramic cutter and titanium coated comb, which lasts longer than traditional metal. It offers four cut lengths as well as four additional plastic graders.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk, viovet.co.uk, gsequestrian.co.uk or equus.co.uk 

    Masterclip Showmate II horse trimmer

    Masterclip Showmate II

    Power source: Rechargeable batteries
    Run time: 4 hours
    Charge time: 4 hours
    Weight: 260g
    Warranty: 2 years
    RRP: £79.99

    Available in silver, pink or blue, this pocket-sized clipper from Masterclip is perfect for all year round show prep, including trimming around the face, under the gullet, around the ears, fetlocks, heels and all other areas that are hard to reach or sensitive. It comes in a smart carry case and includes four comb guards (3mm, 6mm, 9mm and 12mm), while the main blade has five cutting depths to choose from.

    The blades have been designed for ease of use, so they are self-tensioning and quick releasing, and the remaining usage time is conveniently shown on the digital display.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    Liveryman Nova horse trimmer

    Liveryman Nova

    Power source: Rechargeable internal Li-ion battery
    Run time: 6 hours
    Charge time: 3 hours
    Handset length: 17cm
    Grip diameter: 3.8cm
    Weight: 218g
    Warranty: 1 year
    RRP: £59

    This Liveryman trimmer is perfect for show preparation, tidying-up or maintaining clip lines. The fully adjustable blade gives you an in-hand choice of cut height from 0.2mm to 2mm, while the two comb accessories allow for cutting lengths of between 3mm/6mm and 9mm/12mm. It is quiet with low vibration and has a long run time that allows for multiple uses between charging.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.ukgsequestrian.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

    Wahl Admire

    Wahl Admire

    Power source: Rechargeable battery
    Run time: 2 hours
    Charge time: 1 hour 20 min
    Warranty: 2 years
    RRP: £144.99

    This quiet trimmer has a five-in-one adjustment blade system that offers a variety of cutting lengths (0.7mm-3mm). It also snaps on and off, which makes it easy to clean or dispose of.

    In the UK? View now at wahl.co.uk or randrcountry.com

    Clipster Delox horse trimmer

    Clipster Delox

    Power source: Rechargeable internal Li-ion battery
    Run time: Up to 5 hours
    Charge time: 5 hours
    Handset length: 18cm
    Grip diameter: 12cm
    Weight: 241g
    Warranty: 1 year
    RRP: £55

    This Clipster trimmer is designed for detailed clipping with a useful LED light to help with accuracy. It offers three cutting speeds and excellent clipping properties thanks to the stainless steel clipping head, which adjusts to five different cutting lengths. It has a high-quality, long-lasting motor and a powerful battery that gives a good run time.

    In the UK? View now at amazon.co.uk or ebay.co.uk

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