it's that time of year again for
The clippers come out and I spend a couple of hairy hours
giving Bruce his winter trim.
He doesn't get a hugely woolly winter coat but it is thick enough
to make him sweat when ridden, which then makes it difficult
to turn him out in the field afterwards (snug in a waterproof rug)
or leave standing in the stable wearing a thermal cooler
without a risk of getting chilled as he cools down.
I completely remove the hair on his tummy and neck
and leave a "blanket" back to keep him warm,
long stockings to protect against thorns and scratches
and enough hair on his face and ears to protect against the rain.
When the weather turns colder he has an insulated neck cover
attached to his outdoor rug- there's no danger of him
not being molly-coddled for one single minute!
and does he mind?
tucking into a a tasty net of hay
he's completely laid back. . .
until the next frosty morning that is,
when his antics make it quite obvious
he's feeling a draught somewhere!