Friday, November 16

horse topiary!

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!


Autumn Mist said...

I've always done a blanket clip on Barnaby, who is a very hot horse, so in recent years I've taken the whole lot off and he's much happier. He is fine until you go below the knee, which he doesn't like. We usually bribe him with mints and treats until it's finished!

nilly said...

What a beautiful job you have done! Should the passion for vintage ever wane I'm sure your local beauty parlour would would find a niche for you and your talents, Bunny.

Sue said...

A very smart chappy!!

Sue xx

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

He looks a very handsome chap! :)

lynda said...

Have done hunting clips for years on the horses! M little Quarter horse would fall asleep when I did him. One day as I was clipping he suddenly jumped as far ahead as his cross ties would allow. I realised the cat had jumped on to his back from the rafters above!
Same cat used to sleep on his back all night in the barn in winter- I guess it was cozy with all the balnakets on him!

Jee said...

Our old thoroughbred used to love being clipped - just as well as he grew a very woolly coat in winter. Although he was quite a dark bay, his clipped coat was grey brown - very stylish! Bruce looks v smart.

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...

And do you give the same treatment to Ted?

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

Our chestnut mare used to try to kill us when she saw the clippers! Bruce looks very dapper with his 'topiary' clip! ha ha! x

elegancemaison said...

Thank you for explaining this in such detail. I know I once asked you about this a few years ago. As a non-horsey person I have always wondered why horses observed in fields in winter wore coats. What was wrong with their own natural coats? Still a bit confused as to why it is necessary. Though admittedly Bruce looks very stylish. A kind of equine Louis Smith of the Team GB Olympic gymnast and Strictly Come Dancing fame. Cx

Kim said...

We would call that Rode Hard and Put Away Wet...if you didn't cover Bruce up all nice and cozy.

Rose H (UK) said...

What a handsome lad he is!
Sending Bruce a huge {{HUG}}
Rose H

menopausalmusing said...

That's it, I'm coming back as a horse next time round. Constant pampering........

BadPenny said...

Oh he looks wonderful !

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

He looks like he knows he's loved to me!

delia hornbook said...

ooohhh he is so beautiful and handsome and his coat is so gorgeous and shinny. You did a brilliant job. dee xx

rusty duck said...

Like elegancemaison, I'd always wondered why horses were clipped. Other than it being some uber trendy thing... Thanks for explaining!

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