I am really into turning out my horses well. That includes having a tidy mane and a shiny coat. I don't clip my horses' noses or ears because they live in a field 24/7, but I do like to keep their tails nice and I curry them daily. I also keep my tack cleaned and oiled. I just do. I look like a mess 100% of the time, and my house is a disgrace. But when I brought Lex home from the vet school, I was rubbing my hands together with excitement about the prospect of having a horse to prettify.
This is her the day I saw her at the vet school:
|How many pictures do you need to take, lady?|
Here she is after I had her in my possession for one week. It's amazing what good nutrition, a curry comb, and a bath can do.
|Nice shadow, dude.|
The next day, I tried a couple different methods for pulling, to try to be friendlier, just in case that would help. The friend who introduced me to the barn in the first place had some great suggestions, which I tried. No dice. So my friendly, helpful barn owner (who is a vet, just not an equine vet) gave her 200mg of xyalzine and told me to wait five minutes to avoid stimulating her too much. I waited ten.
No. Way. Was she going to let me pull her mane on 200mg of wimpy old xylazine. Poor S was at the barn again, and wound up holding her for me while I did the last bit of her mane with a comb and scissors. Shhh, don't tell my old h/j trainer.
But, you can't argue with the results, right?
|It was raining, which is why her coat looks a little splotchy. Oh, Florida.|
From now on, I suppose I'll have to just pull out a couple hairs at a time after every ride so I don't have to put either of us through that again.
She's a pretty girl, and I'm a happy human. Now I just need some kind of miracle-gro for her tail. Can I handle a tail that smells like bacon (MTG)? Do I go for something pricey but good-smelling (Eqyss)? Does any of that stuff actually work? Should I just get over it?