It doesn't matter how many times I have traversed shedding season, I am always amazed by the amount of hair that falls away from my horse. A lot of times, I just use a small hard brush to groom hair from the Brillo pad that is his winter coat, systematically removing the hair from the brush and transferring it to the garbage can as I work from his neck to his hindquarters. But at some point, there is so much hair that my brush becomes stuffed with hair in just a few strokes.
Enter the shedding blade.
I don't know what it is, but the shedding blade is a ridiculously satisfying grooming tool. Harley enjoys the nice scratching massage that he gets from the small teeth of the blade and the hair flies from his coat like a scene from Edward Scissorhands.
|Nothing like a smooth horse!|
These pictures were taken a few weeks ago. Harley has lost a lot more hair since then, revealing some of the short, satiny hair of summer. I can see lots of reddish hairs mixed in on his neck and shoulders. Do you know what that means?
The dapples are on their way!
Harley is living the easy life these days: extended grooming sessions, hand-grazing, and carrot-time at the picnic table. I try to get in an exercise session a couple times a week, but, honestly, he seems to be handling the down-time just fine. In the six years that I have owned him, he has not had a long vacation and during this time of year I would probably be riding him as close to four times a week as my schedule would allow. I hope at least one of us is enjoying it, because I am still gazing at his back longingly and wishing I were up there. Wouldn't it be nice if you could just remove your pregnant belly for a few hours and put it back on later? My bladder would sure appreciate that. ;)