The show on Saturday might be postponed until Sunday. If that happens, I won't be able to go because I'll be working. They'll make the announcement at 6:30pm on Friday evening, so until I hear otherwise, I'm going to plan on going.
Since I couldn't ride today, I figured it would be a good time to get Lilly clipped. I like to clip a few days before the show in case I screw things up and it needs time to "grow out" a bit before the show. This is also the first clip of the season, so there's always a lot more hair to remove and things get a little dicey. I came prepared with a fresh set of clipper blades, though, and that always helps.
I must say, I am so thankful for the time I put into clipper training when Lilly was a baby. Even though she might not enjoy the clippers, she tolerates them completely. I can clip her from muzzle to tail and she stands without complaint, even when I have to go rooting around in her ears to get all those long hairs. I've never even had to use a twitch! She's SO good!
So I started with her face and ears, then moved on to her bridle path. Once that was done, I looked at her mane and started wondering what the heck I was going to do with it. It's manageable near her withers and up close to her bridle path, but right in the middle, it gets really thick. It's impossible to get nice bands for the show with all that mane. She also has that goofy cowlick.
It got me thinking about a horse I used to show. He had the thickest mane I had ever seen, and he was impossible to band! You can see my quality band jobs in these two pictures.
|I did the best I could...|
|Turnin' and burnin'!|
Ahh, those were the days!
But back to Lilly's mane... what I ended up doing with Jack's mane is what I decided to do with Lilly's mane today. Essentially, I shaved half of it off! I found the thickest parts of her mane, parted it down the middle, and shaved off the bottom half.
|Bye-bye thick mane!|
|Look at all that hair!|