I think winter coats on horses belong in one of two categories. One being, the adorable category. Adorable as in the sweetest eyes you have ever seen.
Who do those sweet eyes belong to? That’s
Jen’s new Haflinger my new pony. His name is Paddington.
You can give him a fro. Paddington gives 0 f’s about the fro. He’s just going to stare at you all cute like.
You can braid his mane like a My Little Pony. Paddington don’t care. He can be your little pony. Don’t you want to pet his soft nose and give him an alfalfa cube? I bet you do.
Basically, we’re in love. Sorry Jen, I’m going to confiscate your pony. Charge – being too cute. Paddington has the fuzzy winter coat that I adore and want to hug and cuddle.
Simon however, does not. He has a layer of brown peach fuzz that takes forever to dry and gets really sweaty with the slightest amount of work.
So last night I removed all that fuzz.
See how much fun he’s having? My face was pretty similar.
Holy shit… there’s another side?! You don’t realize how big your horse is until you have to remove all his hair. Trust me on this one, it’s not super fun.
You can’t see much from this amazing shot (and y’all thought I was good at photography…) but he’s basically saying, “Why are you taking all my hairs?” As we pushed past hour two and the temperature dropped to the mid 40’s, he started twitching in his chest. I thought he was annoyed by the clippers, but it continued after I stopped clipping.
Oh, that’s not a twitch… that’s him shivering. Basically, I’m an awful horse mom. I finished with his loaner blanket draped over whatever part of his body I wasn’t clipping at the time.
All done and tucked in! Now I see how fun it is to ride my body clipped horse in the cold in the dark after we’ve switched to day time turnout. I also pray to the Dover gods to ship my sheet faster and try to find him a medium turnout stat.
Word of the wise, don’t a) wait to buy your blankets until three days before you decide to body clip and b) body clip your horse on the first really cold night of the year. Good thing he is basically the best horse ever and stood for 3 hours of clipping with no drugs. I gave him a little Ace at the end when doing the hind legs, but that was it.
Simon is a rock star. I’m a bad mom, and I have reasons to believe that I’m still covered in horse hair.