Then I finally got a lesson scheduled for today that I really thought we would be able to actually have. The forecast did not call for snow. LOL! Unfortunately I had to cancel it a few hours beforehand, as my instructor let me know it was VERY cold at the indoor and with Dreamy's respiratory issues, it would not be a good plan to ride her there. I was bummed and almost just said the hell with it, since I want to have a lesson SO BADLY. But I know in my heart that I have to do what is right for my horse.
Anyway, yesterday I got really worried that her long hair would make her sweaty to the point that she would be a mess. I hate when a woolly horse gets overheated and the sweat makes them all foamy and such. I knew I would not be working her that hard in the lesson, but being in a new place and being trailered sometimes can make a horse a little nervous and then sweat. Dreamy is usually laid back, but still, I just KNEW that if I left her hairy, it would be an awful mess.
It did not take that long, nor did I do a great job. :P My blades were a little dull, so the clipper marks make her look as though a mouse gnawed on her a bit. Oh well.....it is only hair and will grow back in. I don't care what anyone thinks since she is more comfortable! Here she is with her high trace clip today, one day after the clip. I did do her neck and chest too, but for some reason you cannot tell in these photos. I groomed/tacked outside because it was much warmer in the sun than in the barn!
Now, I hate the actual job of clipping. It is so messy and I usually end up halfway done before I realize I am wearing a polar fleece jacket, pants, or both! (Yes this happened one year!) Plus now I have to watch the weather even more closely and dress Dreamy appropriately. Now the last two winters it was no problem to change her clothes several times a day (mostly in the spring) because I was home full time. Now with school, I have no idea how I am going to swing this. We shall see.
However the one good part of clipping? The cool clothes! I love blankets! I would like everything to match of course, but that is just not always an option. And blankets tend to be blue or green. :P Oh well. Here is Dreamy with her cute exercise rug.
And anyway, I did end up riding today. It warmed up pretty well outside in the sun so I rode for about 25 mins. in the snowy pasture. The footing was OK for some trotting. Nothing that exciting but I at least got to ride.