Has it ever occurred to you to wonder about whether people used to clip their horses? And if so, how did they do it? I had always seen those mechanical hand clippers that looked a misery to have to use. You still see them for sale in vet supply catalogs and I was always curious as to who still bought the damn things. Also, how did the blades stay sharp enough to keep cutting for what I assume must take hours and days to clip a full coat? These are the things that keep me up at night.
And yet, until today I had never seen this -- a foot-operated clipper.
And accompanying the picture is this description: "The process of clipping was formerly done with a pair of shears and a comb, but the hand and foot power machines have, except in remote districts, superseded this primitive method. [...] Although there are men who make a speciality of clipping horses, any competent stable servant should be able to perform this task in a satisfactory manner. [...] It is said that the record time for clipping a horse with the hand machine is one hour and twelve minutes." Seriously?! Dude, that really puts me to shame. I think the fastest clip job I have done took me two days. Granted my horse was not the most cooperative, but still....I AM SLOW.