(five miles into an 8.5 mile ride, and she is lathered. Weather is sunny and about 40 degrees)
So I dug out the clippers and read the directions:
"Start with a clean, dry horse."
Where in the Swampland will I find a clean, dry horse? Not at Haiku Farm, that's for sure.
Mud face. Sigh.
"Tidy the mane and tail out of the area to be clipped."
"Trace the pattern to be clipped onto the animal's body using chalk and a measuring tape for an accurate, even look."
"Proceed to clip from front-to-back using long, sweeping strokes. Use the smaller blade to trim tight areas such as the throatlatch and face."
"The finished product: a neat, tidy appearance."
Or in Fiddle's case: "the appearance of having been chewed by rats."
Rats who want Fee to be comfortable through the next two months of training in mud.
Rats who love Fiddle no matter how stupid her haircut looks.