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Free-Hand Clipping Job is So Insane, People Think it’s Photoshopped

Oh, IF ONLY it were possible to Photoshop the hair off our horses. Then maybe mine wouldn’t look like an unloved medical experiment.

Melody Cannon of JMC Custom Clipping in northwest England has been clipping professionally for three years and her experience and natural talent certainly show in her most recent creation:

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

Photo courtesy of Katie Amos Photography

According to Melody, the gelding stood patiently for three separate sessions to complete the clip job. She works entirely freehand and does not use stencils for her more elaborate creations.

Her work has gone viral across the pond, and while most horse people are enamored and floored by the detail of her work, the less educated masses seem entirely lost on the itchy art of clipping. Criticisms ranged from how cruel it is to make a horse freeze in the cold for looks to “why would you tattoo a horse?” to this gem:

Bad Comment

While that’s certainly true of my personal mount, it would seem that Melody’s charming Welsh cross is a standup guy and was happy to stand for his new ‘do.

Melody’s other work can range from extremely practical, such as helping this little shetland stinker shed about half his weight in hair:

shetland clipping

Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

And assisting a friendly giant in smoothing out his coat after a medically necessary ultrasound shaving:

(Before)

(Before) Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

(After)

(After) Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

(20 Days After Full Clip)

(20 Days After Full Clip – Almost Invisible!) Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

As well as other fantastical designs, like this guy’s “Castle Clip”:

The Castle Clip JMC Horse Nation

Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

But she also does plenty of work that combines the fun with the practical, like this snazzy full body clip with some flair:

JMC full body clip with star Horse Nation

Photo courtesy of JMC Equestrian Driving & Custom Clipping

You can check out all of Melody’s work at her Facebook page, and I suspect she’s got more of these creations in store for her followers down the road!

Go Melody, and Go Clipping.

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