Sunday, April 5, 2009

A Lot Less Hair

It's Spring and that means helping Brego shed out his coat by clipping it all off. The boy would be shedding into June if I didn't do something about it, and with his increased workload, he would long have overheated.

Yucky coat, dumpy horse.

Now that's what I am talkin' about!

So the first dry patch of weather, I tied him to the trailer and got to work. It took about an hour to get the rough cuts done. He needs a little cleanup along the lines with his full coat, and of course, his mane. I roached it once again and this time I also roached his forelock. I always love the way he looks with his forelock braided up tight, so I thought I would save the manual step and trim it off. Needless to say, I immediately regretted it. Brego looks like a mule. :)

But regardless, he is much happier without his coat, even with lows in the upper 30s.

I did not video the fun, but you can revisit this popular film from last time I clipped him.

Brego is angry from being tied to the trailer for so long. A front was blowing in and he was feeling it.

Chasing the mare in the new sacrifice area.

I see canter pirouettes in his future...

Considering the amount of time he spent on his hind end, his hocks do not appear to be bothering him.

Additionally, we finally laid down enough stone dust (about 30 tons) for a sacrifice run to make it through the spring rains. I would say sacrifice "paddock" but it's actually quite small, about the size of a good run: 100 x 30. It's not ideally shaped, but I trust my two horses not to corner each other.

Both of them were very happy with the upgrade in footing, after standing in mud the last week, but they are not thrilled with the size, for obvious reasons. All the more incentive to get Brego out and worked every day while the forest pasture is being logged, graded, raked, seeded and allowed to rest. It is an inconvenience for the horses to be in a run, no doubt, but they will be happy when their pasture is done and is grassed.

Pretty mare, she's looking good in her new program of food and good riding.


Lizz said...

Begro looks great shaved!!

Funder said...

Where'd your snow go? Is it really spring up there?

Brego looks lovely and only very slightly mule-ish. The mare is gorgeous too!

sylvia said...

My first thought...where'd his forelock go! LOL. He looks purdy. :)
Hobby looks healthy and happy!

Anonymous said...

Hey, I think he looks good bald. But maybe he needs a forelock weave? ;-)

Daun said...

I used the Ben & Jerry's mug today and thought of you. :)

Ranchette, Now THAT is funny!!