Meet the ‘Horse Barber’ creating spectacular equine designs

By combining her two passions, Melody Hames produces some of the most unexpected and spectacular designs in the equine world. Dubbed the “Horse Barber,” the design graduate has set up her own business clipping creative artwork into the hair of horses.

“They’ve all got a unique meaning,” Hames told CNN Sport. “I’ve always been into art and design anyway so I love to do it.”  The unusual passion was borne from an early age when Hames taught herself how to clip her own pony in a traditional manner. Her much loved pet suffered from Cushings disease –meaning its coat didn’t shed properly — so she would spend her time tending to it out of necessity.
Friends would then ask her to clip their horses and demand spread through word of mouth.
Having identified an opportunity to create a traditional clipping business, one of her clients then requested a creative cut. “I had never done it before but I’ve got the attitude of just saying yes and worrying later. So we did it and she put it online,” Hames said, in a phone interview from her home in Greater Manchester, England. “All of a sudden more and more people started asking so that’s how it started.”
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