November 6, 2012

Aaaaand We're Clipped. Sort of.

I seem to be making a habit of using the day off that I get for the primary and general elections (one of the very few perks of being a local government employee) as a spa day for Connor.  I guess I will probably make a habit out of the first Tuesday of November for body clipping.

This is Connor's "I can't stand still anymore it's been two hours why am I still here!" face.
He looks like a swiss cheese for now because Kroger brand masking tape sucks (I had to go free hand - eek!) and my clipper blades were apparently dull after one apron clip last winter.  Oh well.  They are at my blade guy's house for the night and I'll touch Connor up when I get them back.  I made sure that the parts of him that are visible above the blanket look good, the rest, only a mother could love and only a mother will see.

See?  I wasn't kidding.  He has a Fred Flintstone's hem look going on here.  It's bad.

Thanks so much for all of your feedback on my poll!  It was fascinating to hear the variety in how everyone keeps their horses through the winter.  Some of your decisions honestly surprised me.  I loved Martine and Amy's comments who both said that function trumps fashion.  Considering that the trace clip supposedly goes back to horse-and-buggy and harness days, it would make sense for us to develop a modern day "fairly lightly worked pseudo-show horse" clip that just cherry picks the really sweaty areas, wouldn't it?  I am only half-kidding.

For now, I am sticking with the good old conservative apron clip.  I can always take more off if I feel like it later.  I'm jealous of the assistant trainer's clipping jobs, which include primarily horses that don't get much of a winter coat to begin with.  It's impossible to make straight lines on something with hair an inch thick - follicle placement does not equal hair location.


  1. It's amazing how quickly some blades go, isn't it? At least you can touch up the ragged bits tomorrow.
    Flurry twitched his leg just as I was doing the all-important line forwards from the elbow, so he's missing a chunk of hair at the top of his leg. Sigh. It's growing back awful quick, tho.
    Cobs. You gotta love their fuzziness.

  2. Love his face - so expressive!

  3. I did not know there was a poll! Now you have another response, because that totally matters. Bet the clip makes winter work much more palatable for both of you. :)