Online Horse Clipping Course : Learning to clip ‘The Budding Horse Barber‘ Way

Theory Based, Next Course : Monday, NOVEMBER  27th 2023



The highly anticipated online course for Budding Horse Barbers to launch their journey of learning!

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, 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 have a look at our modules below, to see how you can join in!

What You’ll Be Learning

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 when purchased separately

Course attendees will be encouraged to complete three 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

Looking at the all important tools: In this module we begin by covering vital aspects on ;

2 Video Lessons – Clippers & Blades

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 blunt blades.

Q & A Discussion
At the end of the module, we will have a group discussion which will benefit each group member as we share the issues we face and how to overcome them. 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.

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 some questions as part of your assessment for module 1 .

Module 2 : Confidence & Knowledge Building For Successful Horse Clipping

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 : Preparation For Success

A key element to long term success is the decision to pre-commit. In this final module, we put together what we have learned in Module 1 & 2 and form an action plan in preparation for the up and coming 2023/2024 clipping season.

Closing 1-1 Video Call *Worth £85 when purchased separately

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. The creative clipping modules of the course will be added in November for those that wish to progress to creative grooming.



When does the course begin?


DURATION – Content Is Delivered Online Over 14 days (2 weeks)

Format: Online Theory Based Course


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

See FAQ for more details.

Do you find yourself feeling stuck with any of the following problems?


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


The last clipper did an awful job and now my horse has lost his confidence, 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?


My horse has to be sedated to clip him! Is there any way around this?



How the course is delivered

The course consists of three valuable modules and will be delivered to course attendees in the form of online videos (that will be available for replay) as well as downloadble 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

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 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.




Enrolment closes In :









If you aren’t completely satisfied with the Budding Horse Barber Course, Let us know within the first 14-days for a full refund. No questions asked.

‘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

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