The annual Paradigm Farms Body Clipping Marathon began this week. The first four horses of the marathon were clipped on Thursday and Friday. We are officially four down and quite a few more to go.

We kicked off the first day with the two hairiest horses, Renatta and Norman. Despite the fact that I have spent hours with a shedding blade taking massive amounts of hair off Renatta, she still won the hairiest horse award. Norman came in second in the hairiest horse (or in Norman’s case pony) award, but he doesn’t shed at all in the spring, so every bit of his winter coat gets clipped off of him. Norman is fabulous to clip, not only because of his perfect manners but also because of his Teflon coat. The clippers glide through Norman’s hair and you go from coarse, thick, faded winter coat to a shiny summer coat underneath.

We finished the week up by clipping Lily and Renatta. Lily was dethroned from the hairiest horse award this year. She had her usual crazy amounts of hair for her winter coat, but did a much better job shedding a lot of it out this spring. Maisie is another horse that is a pleasure to clip. Things always look hopeless when you start clipping her thick, dull, winter coat. But waiting underneath is always a shining, gorgeous, rich bay coat. You feel like you are unwrapping a pretty painting as you clip Maisie.

I’m looking forward to taking the hair off many more horses over the next couple of weeks.

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Despite the fact that I have removed enough hair off Renatta to keep ten horses warm over the winter, she still wins the hairiest horse award. Here she is all scrubbed up and waiting to be rinsed.img_0454-800x600

If you didn’t know better you would think Renatta hadn’t done any shedding at all prior to being clippedimg_0456-800x600

the finished product; Renatta was over it all not wanting to go back to the pasture which is the usual theme of the after picturesimg_0464-800x600

Norman doesn’t shed his winter coat at all so he had plenty of hair that needed to be removedimg_0457-800x600

Norman clipped and ready to return to his ladiesimg_0467-800x600

Lily and Maisie drying after their baths and unaware they are about to be clippedimg_0495-800x600

We got a lot more hair off of Lily with the shedding bring than usual this spring so clipping Lily wasn’t as big of a job as usual but she still had too much hair leftimg_0497-800x600

Lily after clipping; I don’t have any good pre/post pictures of Maisieimg_0504-800x600

Happy, Taco and Mickimg_0255-800x600

Sparky and Sabrinaimg_0263-800x600

Donneur and Cocomoimg_0479-800x600

Fauneimg_0482-800x600

Wilson and Donovanimg_0508-800x600

Grand leading the way in for breakfast followed by Rip, Apollo and Hemiimg_0512-800x600

L-R Remmy, Baner, Hesse and Waldenimg_0525-800x619

Samimg_0527-800x600

wet horses (yay for rain!) trotting through the pasture; Johnny, Blu, Miel and Paramountimg_0532-800x600

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Asterik, Gus and Silverimg_0541-800x600

Renatta and Dawnimg_0560-800x600

Dolly and Cinnamonimg_0564-800x600

another day, another grooming session for BFFs Norman and Cuffieimg_0566-800x600