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Learn to clip ‘The Budding Horse Barber‘ Way!

Are you feeling overwhelmed when it comes to the thought of clipping your horse? Or confused about where to start? Perhaps you already clip, but find yourself struggling with aspects of the clipping process? Maybe you want to fulfil your potential and be the best that you can be for your horse? This is where Melody can help you, by sharing with you her unique must-have education and experience in the first of its kind online horse clipping course!

In the course, she shares her skillset that has lead her to world-wide recognition and success within the equestrian industry. You too can develop your clipping skills and clip for yourself or as a business in the future!

Empower yourself with the vital knowledge, essential to creating a safe and happy partnership with your horse when it comes to clipping. This particular course is limited to 10 places in order to maximise your experience. This is an exciting theory based online course , the first of its kind and will serve as a critical building block to your practical clipping skills!

This is your chance to tap into a wealth of knowledge! If this sounds like something you could benefit from, keep reading and find out what you can expect, in the module overview further down this page.

Course Start Date – Don’t Miss Out!

👉 MONDAY 19th August 2024

DURATION – Content Is Delivered Online Over 4 Weeks – 1 Module Per Week

Format: Live Online Theory Based Course


Approx $315 USD – This rate may change slightly but it will be around this price  

This is an introductory price as the course develops, please note the course price will change for future courses

To receive your Certificate of Completion,  assessment forms must be submitted by the specified deadline.

🔍 Discover What You’ll Learn

Initial Assessment

1-1 Video Call

At the beginning of the course you will attend a 1-1 video call with Melody and complete an initial assessment to identify key areas of learning in regards to you and your horse. *Worth £85 

Course attendees will be encouraged to completefour modules that will help them maximise their learning experience.

Each attendee will have 1-1 support and the opportunity to ask Melody questions that directly relate to their horse or hurdles.

Troubleshooting :

Identifying and addressing critical issues that are holding you back.

Your specific needs will be addressed when we troubleshoot and be covered in the content of this course.

Assessment & Goals :
The assessment process will ask specific questions which will enable you to get the very most of your course experience ensuring that we work through the issues you face.

Vital feedback is given through the modules.

PDF Downloadable Resources:
To be referred to throughout the course & can be kept after course completion.



Module 1 : Clipping Equipment & Their Functions

In week 1 we cover module 1. Looking at the all important tools: In this module we begin by covering vital aspects on with daily Video Lessons.

Small, medium & heavy duty clippers, when to use them and when not to – how they differentiate between each other and exactly when we should pick one over the other. Learning key differences in order to select the correct clipper for the clip in front of us.
Blades – Melody shares with you behind the scenes key factors in selecting the correct blades and we look at coat types as part of this selection process. The course covers a wealth of blade knowledge that Melody accumulated from her blade training in America. Everything from pre-tensioned and manual tensioning , to training your eye to recognise sharp vs used blades.

LIVE Q & A Discussion

Each module has dedicated live Q&A time which helps me to deliver the education specific to course attendees needs. This is a unique learning experience when it comes to clipping and helps to build your knowledge faster than you would be able to alone, saving you months if not years of time. If you have your own equipment we can discuss their uses also.

Downloadable PDFs
Downloadable resources detailing the difference clippers and blades – with sections to complete in relation to your own horse(s) 

Assessment / Milestone :
Using the information covered, you will answer questions and a made up scenario as part of your assessment for module 1 .

Module 2 : Confidence & Knowledge Building For Successful Horse Clipping

In week 2 we cover module 2. In this module we will be working on skills to build both you and your horses confidence by covering the following;

Case Studies

  • Identifying key behaviours and how to respond : You will be shown key behaviours relating to clipping in order to recognise critical signs.
  • Defensive behaviour vs fearful behaviour & how does it all show up in clipping.
  • Confidence building techniques and the approach for young or nervous horses.

Reasons For & Against Clipping

Types of Clips : Looking at a variety of clip styles and their functions

Health & Safety : You will have an awareness of essential health & safety factors that are imperative to clipping safely

Environmental factors
Looking at how environmental factors play a role- this is eye-opening information that you would probably have never considered before and is unique to the working practice of The Horse Barber Brand.

Post-Clip Care

Q & A Discussion:
At the end of the module, we will have a group discussion, allowing participants to ask questions and engage in discussions about various aspects covered in this module. If you are unable to attend the group discussion you will still be able to ask your questions in the group or privately until the course finishes.

Assessment / Milestone :
Using the information covered, you will answer some questions as part of your assessment for module 2.

Module 3: The Creative Clipping Process

In week 3 we cover module 3. This is a BONUS optional module and is all about the evolution of creative horse clipping and the design process for successfully clipping in designs to your horses coats!

You do not have to complete this module as creative clipping is EXTRA in addition to the cliping process and learning, however if you have an interest in creative clipping, this is the module for you!

Daily Videos Lessons showing the creative clipping process

Downloadable PDF : the 5 steps to bringing a creative clip to life from idea and concept through to the execution of the clip

Discussions & Q&A– Visualizing our next steps and how we can implement what we have learned, moving forward.

Assessment / Milestone – Complete a mock design process assessment, following the steps you have learned in this modukle

Module 4 : Preparation For Success

In week 4 we cover module 4. A key element to long term success is the decision to pre-plan and commit to the process. In this final module, we put together what we have learned in Module 1, 2 & 3 and form an action plan in preparation for the future.


Discussions & Q&A– Visualizing our next steps and how we can implement what we have learned, moving forward.

Downloadable PDF : Identifying recommended equipment, specifically for you and your horses needs.

Assessment / Milestone – The Success Path : Mapping out the next steps in your clipping journey: Whether you are ready to pick up the clippers, or you’re about to set up a clipping business, each person will be unique in their learning and Melody will help guide you on the next step for success and achieve your goals.

Closing 1-1 Video Call

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Do You Struggle With Any Of These Horse Clipping Issues?



Why does my horse dislike clipping so much? What can I do to help him?


My horse has lost his confidence due to a previous bad clipping experience, is there a way to fix this?


How do you keep everything even ? What am I doing wrong?


I want to take horse clipping more seriously but I don't know where to go?


How can I build my horses trust when it comes to clipping?


I haven't clipped a horse before, what advice can you give me in order to be successful?

🔍Top Priority: Who Is This Course Not Suitable For?

If you are of a fixed mindset and not an open, growth mindset.

If you have never been in contact with horses before. It is important to establish if you like horses before doing this course.

If you are not a team player. We need to be able to communicate with people as well as horses to be successful.

You don't have the horses best interests in mind & just want to make money.

Anyone course members that do not authentically align with the purpose of the course will be promptly removed before we commence.

How the course is delivered

This online horse clipping course consists of three valuable modules plus a fourth bonus creative clipping module and will be delivered to course attendees in the form of online videos (that will be available for replay) as well as downloadable PDF resources, email & a private community group.

On completion attendees will receive their Budding Horse Barber Certificate of Attendance and be able to progress onto the next course if they wish to pursue their learning further. (Including creative clipping coming later on In the year)

Please see a more detailed list of what you can expect, above.


Course Outcomes 

  • Gain a better understanding of your horse, their needs, and how you can build their confidence for safe, happy, stress-free clipping. 
  • Gain a wider understanding of the best clipping methods for your particular horse, as well as young /nervous horses.

  • Identifying key behaviours to understand what your horse is trying to tell you during clipping.
  • Expanded awareness on defensive & fearful behaviour.
  • Building your knowledge of the functions of different blades and clippers.
  • Increase your ability to select the best clipper and blade for your horse as requirements change .
  • Build on your clipping skillsets with the intention of setting you up for long term success within the clipping industry..

Skills You’ll Gain

Troubleshooting (analysing & solving problems) when faced with different coat types and horses

Improved confidence to approach the clipping process

Expanded Awareness On Horse Interactions  

Recognising Key Behaviours & responding accordingly

Selecting Appropriate Clippers & Blades

Identifying different coats & key requirements

We proudly support Redwings Horse Sanctuary 

And for every place on the course that we fill, we in turn donate 5% of the profit to Redwings (£12 per course place sold) .

redwings horse sanctuary

Why Redwings?

When I was just 7 years old  (in the early 1990’s ) and before I had ever had a pony of my own, my mother signed up to the ‘sponsor a pony’ scheme and surprised me with the gift of ‘Ben’ my sponsored pony! I would recieve monthly updates in the post and I would always look forward to the photos arriving! Although I never met Ben in person, he brought me a lot of happiness as a child and has been a part of The Horse Barber journey.

Now, as an adult, to be able to give back to the charity that do so much good, and for a wonderful cause, is the very least I can do to thank them.  

You can read about Ben by clicking on his image.


If you aren’t completely satisfied with the Budding Horse Barber Course, Let us know within the first 14-days of the course starting, for a full refund.

Please read our refund policy by clicking here 

👉 Meet Your Trainer 

Hi there! I’m Melody,

Founder of ‘The Horse Barber Brand’.

Since 2012 I have been professionally clipping horses and in this time I have the opportunity to interact with hundreds, if not thousands of horses and people and helped solve their problems when it comes to horse clipping. It is astounding how many horses have been subject to bad clipping practices and this got me thinking, ‘how can I help these horses?’.

I now have a wealth of experience and I decided some time ago to put together the first of its kind online horse clipping course, a resource where I can help kickstart peoples clipping journey and share information with them that has taken me YEARS to obtain, fast-tracking them into a new skillset or expanding on their existing ones . 

I believe that every horse should have the best clipping experience and even owner should have access to the very best clipping guidance. In this day and age there should be no reason a horse suffers at the hands of an inexperience clipper. Unfortunately there has been a huge gap in clipping education until the internet has opened new doors and opportunities for learning, with many horses (and owners) left traumatised after bad clipping experiences. Horse owners were limited in their options before. This is where my course can help you! Limited to ten places, The Budding Horse Barber Course will be a catalyst in your horse clipping journey of learning!

I look forward to hearing from you and being part of your clipping journey

– Melody 

Will I be able to clip my own horse after doing this course?
Clipping horses is a craft that can take many months and even years to build on, so do be prepared for long term learning- but with Melody’s guidance and education, you will be fast tracking on your journey to success and will be clipping this season!

Every attendee with be armoured with the tools to approach clipping and some people will find it easier than others. Mastering clipping practically Is a long term process and one that requires commitment so do be prepared to put the hours in after this theory training. Every horse is different and each person has a different rate of learning so for some people the answer will be yes!

You will have the tools to begin , or enhance your clipping technique and move forward with the confidence that you are using the correct equipment to suit both you & your horse.

I can already clip my own horse , but I want to clip horses as a business in the future , will I be able to do this?

In the coming months I will be adding the  Clipping For Business modules, full of business building information & downloadable resources, which will be your go to guide if you wish to set up your own horse clipping business. To be notified, add your email to our mailing list!   This course however is suitable equally for people that are wanting to take the next step and offer clipping as a business too!

How long do I have access to the course for?

All course materials including learning videos, PDF downloads, activities and assignments will be available both during and after you have completed the course! The closed group will be archived after the course, however you will still be able to view it all afterwards.

Course content and any assignments must be completed during the course for the Certificate Of Completion to be issued.

I’m not in the United Kingdom, can I still do the course?

Absolutely! We have people all across the world that learn with us, not just in the UK.  As well as experiencing international equestrian clipping, Melody is able to recommend equivalent equipment & suppliers, particularly in North America, where she has strong contacts with reliable suppliers in industry.

Melody deals with only the very best in the business when it comes to clippers & blades and no matter where you are in the world, you can benefit from her vast knowledge and expertise.

Will I get a certificate after completing a course?

Absolutely yes! After completing the course you will be given a downloadable PDF Completion of Course Certificate, listing the modules that you have covered.

The Horse Barber Brand is a globally recognised reputable brand and leader in the equine clipping industry. Completing our education is a sure way to instil confidence within the horse community. Melody encourages you to share your achievements and configures Certificates for both Portrait and Landscape downloads to use across the various social media platforms if you wish.




‘Melody envisions an improved future of horse clipping and by providing her training, she wishes to create a safer and happier environment during the clipping process, for both horses and their handlers / owners alike’

The Results Speak For Themselves…

 Testimonies & Success Stories

Wow, what a fantastic online course. Melody is so passionate about her chosen career, full of enthusiasm in sharing her knowledge whether you are a professional groomer or complete novice. Loved the personal touch, live interaction and concise, easy to follow content. Saying all of that, I think the best part of the course was that it was fun. Fun = a great way to learn for me. Many thanks Melody, Julia Preston
Julia Preston, Lancs, UK

I had a brilliant first one to one session with the one and only amazingly talented and seriously lovely Melody Hames
I am so grateful and this is just the start of our journey I’ve made a friend and mentor for life in Melody and having the day spent with my best boy who was an absolute superstar bonding was wonderful
Watch this space! 
- Joanna Walmsley, Essex

Rachel speaking about her beautiful but anxious dressage mare;

“When I bought her it was one question (about clipping) I didn’t ask !! Only to be told later “it’s a vet job !!!!” . A few confidence and technique build-up training sessions with Melody The Horse Barber, lots of patience and mutual trust and I can do her solo now”

- Rachel Wall, Lancashire

Melody used my mare for some case study work on clipping nervous horses. The time she spent with her has made me more aware of not restricting her too much at her head. Whether that is walking from the field to riding. My mare is so much better and I actually achieved a full clip with her a few weeks ago.

- Jo Laycock, Lancashire

Melody is not only good at her job she is knowledgeable on different horse coats,eg PPID horses. Nothing is to much trouble for her and if you have any questions or uncertainties Melody will happily chat with you about them.

- Jillian Parkinson, Mottram Tameside

Melody came to my boys and clipped them. I decided after to have a go myself. Was on hand to give advice and tips. Especially a clean coat. But I think her talent is amazing. Her war horse clip that she did in remembrance for all veterans was truly beautiful. Melody is defo the best horse barber and one of a kind.

Elise Brown, Clitheroe

The Horse Barber Melody Hames helps equestrians go from feeling overwhelmed & daunted when it comes to clipping, to confident and assertive in their approach, by developing their knowledge of horse clipping practices & overall horsemanship skills.

𝑴𝒆𝒍𝒐𝒅𝒚 𝒊𝒔 𝒇𝒓𝒊𝒆𝒏𝒅𝒍𝒚 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒃𝒍𝒆 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒓𝒊𝒗𝒆𝒔 𝒐𝒏 𝒉𝒆𝒍𝒑𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒆𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒊𝒓 𝒐𝒘𝒏𝒆𝒓𝒔. 𝑬𝒗𝒆𝒓𝒚 𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒆 𝒊𝒔 𝒕𝒓𝒆𝒂𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒔 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒊𝒏𝒅𝒊𝒗𝒊𝒅𝒖𝒂𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒕𝒉𝒆𝒚 𝒂𝒓𝒆, 𝒔𝒉𝒆 𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒍𝒐𝒓𝒔 𝒉𝒆𝒓 𝒂𝒑𝒑𝒓𝒐𝒂𝒄𝒉 & 𝒄𝒓𝒂𝒇𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒉𝒐𝒓𝒔𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒕 𝒊𝒔 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒐𝒅 𝒊𝒏 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒏𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒉𝒆𝒓.

'So It wasn’t until after I finished and published the clip that I realised, The Gingerbread men were all doing poos and now I cannot unseen it....'

Click on the clip collection : the gingerbread horse for the full story