Today we finished our annual spring body clipping marathon. The final count was 25 body clips, almost all of them on PPID/Cushing’s horses. Sparky the donkey won both the most hair and the best behaved award. Norman finished a close second on thickness of hair, and Gus finished third in the hair department.  Technically Apollo won the most hair award. When you’re 18.1 hands tall you have a lot of everything, but going strictly by thickness of the coat the rankings are Sparky, Norman and then Gus.

The common them from the horses we clipped this week was the same as last week. They were not living their best life on clipping day.  Clipping day does not fit in with their retirement agenda of doing whatever they want whenever they want. Most of them were reasonably well behaved, and some really appreciated getting rid of the hair. They all think the process of a bath, drying time and clipping takes an unacceptably long time.

Some of the horses we clip in the spring will only need their spring body clip. Others will need anywhere from one to several more body clips as we move through the summer months as they never stop growing hair. For now I’m celebrating the fact that I don’t have to clip anyone for a few short weeks.

Apollo and Ricardo would never have let us catch them if they had known a bath and a clip were on the agenda

bath time for Trigger and Apollo

Good after pictures are hard to come by, Trigger wouldn’t be still and only wanted to walk to his pasture

Apollo stared out into the pasture as I attempted to get an after picture

King was keenly aware of where his buddies were during his bath…

. . . and while being clipped

Bruno getting the finishing touches on his clip

Cisco did not feel like he was living his best life on clipping day

George being clipped

George trying to formulate a plan for getting out of the barn

Maisie, Cuffie, Lily and Calimba had a meeting of the minds before their baths

Cuffie

Gus and Cuffie comforting each other on this horrible clipping day

the barn aisle  was a mess

Lily looked pretty after her clip

Maisie giving me the stink eye for taking her picture instead of immediately returning her to her pasture

Toledo and Rocky grooming

Gus and Rubrico grazing, Toledo napping

Magic and Ripley

Hemi and Thomas grooming

Dawn and Traveller

Charlotte and Missy

Jake, Calimba and Lily

Happy and Bear

Mick and Taco

Ascot

Ascot and Quigly

Sushi and Squirrel

Homer and Revy

Baby and Levendi