This is going to be a pretty quick review as there's not a lot to say except I LOVE the quality of the collar I got from this etsy seller! I had wanted something a little more "outdoorsy" for Zing and fell across the idea of a trout pattern collar and my inner wildlife biologist was all over it. After looking at the available options, I went with SarahWestDesign. I purchased the Orange/Blue/Green option in Medium and waited. The order was placed on August 30 and at my house by Sept 4th so I think that's super reasonable considering most etsy orders take much longer.
I've ordered my fair share of collars and goods in general from the internet and these collars are NICE! Very nicely made, the stitching was super secure, the thread colors used complimented (blended in) with the striking trout pattern (top stitching and bottom stitching are differing colors to match the fabric), and the fabric is vibrant and durable feeling. Super pumped about this but needed to wait until Zing was old enough to fit comfortably in it...
I've used a lot of clippers in my time as an animal person and running a lab at Texas A&M University (don't ask). You name the brand, blades, whatever and I've probably used them and normally on a large scale. I don't like clippers in general because of all the usual issues- they get hot, they blow hair in your face, they're finicky, they only cut X hair when Y is true. It's annoying and I've amassed an arsenal of these things and just spend a fortune on Cool Lube, Oil, and clipper blades. I hate it. Just clip! That's all I need you to do!
I've been eyeing the Lister Star clippers for some time because of The$900FacebookPony but when you look at reviews it says they're as good as the Andis that I already have several sets of. Grr. I finally just grabbed a pair from Riding Warehouse and had it sent to my house. Vana was looking like a yak, Orbit the Border Collie needed freeing from her copious coat, and when they work they're so good for so many things.
I grabbed Vana after getting his Coggins done from earlier that day and realizing that his yak style was making him look too old manish and with our upcoming show(s) I needed to get it done sooner rather than later. I broke out the clippers and was SO PUMPED that they were already assembled and ready to go with a quick oiling. I had also bought 2 other clipper blades but (spoiler alert) I didn't end up needing them.
Much of what I've clipped are either deceased animals or livestock or dogs that people didn't care about them being clipped perfectly. I'm usually in a hurry to get them done before the stupid things heat up and I start burning the critter and have to stop with them looking either half done or half chewed up. With this in mind, I just started on Vana's front legs and went up his neck, chest, and shoulder. He was prepared for the pulling, nicking, heat as he danced and fussed but within a few minutes he... relaxed. Vana. Relaxed. He just chilled out and I got his whole body clipped with NO lines and hardly any missed spots PLUS some small fussing in about an hour. Is he ready for the A circuit? No, but man, he looks great and I can see how much weight I've put on him and how much more top line I have to go lol.
So yes, these clippers earn an A++++ from me. I kept them oiled as recommended and even used Cool Lube when I heard them change sounds at all. They are louder of course then the smaller Andis but they're quieter then the Oster clipmasters. Very nicely balance and easy on your hands, I found myself... enjoying (what...?) the task and looking forward to tackling the other horses and dogs!
I even got Miss Orbit (Border Collie) out and clipped her. No bath, no nothing, just started clipping and it did a GREAT job. Minimal oiling and I was able to clipper her comfortably (her and me!) in a short time frame with a great outcome! Also, still using the original set of blades so very well worth it!