Last week was a very busy week. So far this week it has been slightly less busy, yet regardless of how hard we work the to-do list keeps growing. As I said to a friend of mine over the weekend “that ain’t right.”
Although I am exhausted yet again this evening I am also slightly giddy as I relish the thought that I did my last body clip of the spring today. I have body clipped eight horses over the last four weeks. That doesn’t seem like a huge number as I type it, however I have a lot of hours into these body clips at this point. When most of your victims subjects are making it very clear that a bath (usually a double bath) and a body clip were absolutely, positively not on their list of things to do that day it can make for some fun times. I have lost count of how many poop piles I have cleaned up, how many screams have been trumpeted in my ear, and how many times my victim subject and I did our own version of the tango in the cross ties.
Sebastian wrapped up the spring 2014 body clipping brigade today
Although it seems like I just finished the spring mane taming project yesterday I spent several hours today starting round two of mane maintenance. Not only does hoof growth accelerate at this time of year, mane growth seems to move into warp speed. As I trudged through the pastures chasing down unwilling participants I had an inner dialogue with myself.
Me: Self, why do you do this? You hate doing manes, just let them grow. It doesn’t matter.
Me: I hate the look of unpulled manes. Hate it, hate it, hate it.
Me: Self, which do you dislike more? The look of unpulled manes are actually wrestling with the manes?
Me: I don’t know, I hate both of those things.
Me: Self, hate is a strong word.
Me: Yes I know.
I went around and around with myself and really tried to talk myself into letting the manes grow. Thus far, despite my absolute loathing of mucking around with manes, I am still unable to convince myself to just let them go.
Needless to say after spending a day working on manes and body clipping horses I was covered in horse hair from head to toe. In example number 999 as to why Jason and I would make terrible neighbors I actually took my clothes off outside when I was done this evening and then ran straight to the shower. Yes, TMI I know. However it would be even worse if we lived in a subdivision, then it would be serious TMI for our poor neighbors. On that note I will say goodnight.
Sam, Johnny and Lighty
Lightning and Lucky
Traveller and MyLight
Chance and Leo
Lofty and Silver
Romeo and Flyer
Stormy and Bergie
Duesy and Bruno