Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Shedding out!

The weather was gorgeous today, a sunny 70 degrees, and I managed to get out to the barn for my first meaningful visit since before our trip.

After two weeks of not being brushed, especially during this time of year, I was thinking Panama might be a shaggy mess — and I was right!

Here is his fuzzy, dirty, un-groomed side...

My horse, shedding out -- the fuzzy side!

And here he is post grooming. Still a bit fuzzy, but much less so:

My horse, shedding out -- the groomed side!

And on his legs, too! Check out how much less hair the groomed leg (left front) has:

My horse, shedding out -- groomed leg vs. fuzzy leg

Grooming a horse this time of year is frustrating for someone who seeks perfection. I go nuts when the loose hairs blow back on his coat as I'm brushing it. And the way the brush gets choked with hair... Arghhhh!

The best way to get rid of all those aggravations is a good scrubby bath. Since it's supposed to stay warm all week, I think we will have to have a spa day sometime soon...



At March 18, 2009 at 8:31 AM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

I think you did a good job grooming Panama. Every night when the horses walk into their stalls, I run my hand over their backs and a big hair ball always ends up stuck to my hand or the tops of their rumps.

At March 18, 2009 at 8:55 AM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

I know -- and it's neverending, too. Even AFTER grooming I can run my hand over him and still gather loose hair. I could have spent all day grooming and still he would be shedding. :::sigh:::


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