This is certainly the best time of year to take in the Eastern Shore scenery too - all the small flowering trees (dogwoods, cherry blossoms, magnolias - pinks everywhere!) are in full bloom, and the wooded areas are all varying shades of velvety green. Plus all things agriculture are swinging in full force. Lots of pretty things to enjoy!
|is he trying to hide behind his hay? or passed the F out after schooling? or both? you decide!|
Alas, the delicate princess whacked another leg. Le sigh. He'll probably survive this unthinkable catastrophe (or, alternatively, has already dropped dead simply bc I dared type those words), but it won him at least one evening off work.
|say what you want about his body condition. he be shiny tho!|
|included bc i think he's the cutest.|
I often use my beloved Horze body brush in tandem with the curries, just to keep flicking off the dust and dander as the curry lifts it. But the lion's share of the work undoubtedly goes to plain old currying. And I routinely spend 40min on it.
|apple green hoof pick > apple green jolly horse candy toy thingy|
And actually, honestly, I'm pretty negligent about all things trimming and clipping. I LOVE the look of freshly tidied up faces, manes, tails, and legs.... but almost never get around to doing it myself. Charlie's mane is kinda an uneven, unkempt disaster. And for a TB, he's got some surprisingly baller feathery fur around his fetlocks lol.... I always mean to clip or trim him up... but never manage to remember.
Charlie seems no worse the wear for it tho. His coat is supremely soft and silky, and he remains ever-huggable (even if he still kinda looks.... like an orphan haha. damn winter coat, when will you be GONE?).
|the slow march continues ever on. body condition improving with spring grass.|
Still tho - I'm curious. In your experience, or opinion, what constitutes a "well groomed" horse? And what's your preferred method for getting there? And preferred tools?
Are you like me, spending tons of time currying? Or perhaps bathing plays a bigger role in your routine? Does a sloppy mane or tail immediately detract from the rest of the horse's appearance in your opinion? Or do you believe that the key to that deep glossy or dappled look is pure and simple genetics, and any extraordinary efforts toward grooming or supplementation thereof are wasted?