Sorting through paperwork the other day I found the receipt for my first and only ever pair of clippers, Heiniger Handy Clippers. I bought them in 1995, and they’ve been going strong since then, doing at least a few horses a year. I think they have been serviced once (Oops *goes straight to hell*) and I’ve never had to buy another pair, or borrow a pair as back-up. Amazing. 19 years of exemplary service, so far. 🙂 🙂 🙂
Of course, I fully realise that saying that will probably hex them completely, and they’ll never work again, but they owe me nothing, so I could just about cope with that!
They still do a fantastic job, they are light enough not to make my arm ache, they don’t overheat (even doing a pony which has a coat which a yak would be proud of.) Heiniger, I salute you, what a great bit of kit they are.
I will add FAL Goliath heavyweight rugs, Horseware rugs (especially the Rambo Sweetitch Hoodie an incredibly durable summer essential for a sweet-itchy horse, in my experience), Thermatexes, Pikeur breeches (my competition ones are literally decades old… I have photos of me competing in them in the early 90s, and my ‘yard’ ones last over a decade, per pair), and Sabre bridles (I have all these, they are all many many years old and have had loads of use, and are still in great condition) to my list of ‘great kit to have’. It really is worth buying good quality the first time if you can, and I think these clippers prove that!
Do you have any horsey products you bought yonks ago and use regularly, which are still going strong? It would be nice to have a list of makes/models of kit to go for, which will really stand the test of time.