Unfortunately, I decided that practicality had to win over vanity last week. Harley's hair is so thick, that he sweats quite a lot under his mane. The hair will hold a nice french braid, which I employ for shows, but he dislikes having his mane constantly done up. I think that it must pull, because he will toss his neck from side to side in an annoyed way. After a horse show, he always licks and chews when I undo the braid and gives his mane a really good, satisfied shake.
So out came the clippers. I was hoping clippers would give a rougher cut then scissors. I did not want to pull his mane as it was just way too long for that, but I also did not want to do the dreaded straight cut. I really like the way his mane had thinned out at the bottom of the hairs, so I was sad to see that part go, but his health and comfort are more important.
|The round pen is a nice touch to the "mustang look" he has going. The shortest section of his mane by the withers is just catching up with the rest of his mane. I have not trimmed his mane in over a year.|
|I love the soft edge of his mane, frayed by hundreds of combings, the sun, and the elements.|
|The Haircut: I tried to follow the bottom of his neck, remove some bulk, but keep it legitimately long. I also evened out the shorter section coming from the withers.|
|Since I had the clippers out, his fetlocks also received a trim.|
|He stands like a champ for this stuff.|
|I just barely nipped the edges off of his forelock. He enjoyed the shower as it was in the upper nineties!|
Harley got all dolled up, so now he just needed somewhere to go.
Thankfully, we had a special event on Saturday! More to follow.
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