In which "Clipping the Dragon" sounds more exciting than it really is

Katie and Hannah came over this morning to "help" me clip the Dragon so she can stay cooler during our early-spring training rides.  
The Beauty-School Dream Team
If you were reading this blog last year at this time, you will understand why I need help. I am terrible at clipping! If you weren't, HERE is the ugly proof that I did right by staying out of cosmetology school.  Suffice to say, I didn't do much clipping today...and thus, my horse doesn't appear to have been chewed by rats.

I hand over a cookie, and Katie gets right to work.
 We brushed off the most obvious mud

The beauty of having a dark brown horse in the Swamplands is that she doesn't show the dirt.  The downside is that the dirt is still there, it's just harder to find...unril you run clipper blades over it.

As nasty as Fiddle can be with her hindquarters in some circumstances,
when she's being groomed and clipped she stands absolutely still
to allow her "staff" do the necessary work.
 Fiddle is so well-behaved in the cross-ties that Hannah's assistance wasn't needed, so she wandered around the yard with the camera.
Dobbie Goat Gruff, wondering if he's next

Hana, wondering if she is next.  She hates the clippers. 
Fortunately, she's not working hard enough right now to need a clip-job.

Hana's new Facebook portrait
 Hannah thinks Hana is very sweet.  Hana thinks Hannah is very sweet.  Together, they are pretty danged cute.
Hana (left) and Hannah (right)
 Meanwhile, Katie was getting creative with the clippers.  Fiddle's hindquarters are a lovely large canvas, just waiting for artwork to be applied...or in this case, clipped away.
 And what have we here?
 Skull and Crossed-Bones!  We'll add eyes in greasepaint when we get to the Home on the Range ride at the end of March.  Meantime, Fiddle's bum can look cool and enigmatic.
 A good strong wind would be very convenient for blowing all that hair away!  It's breezy today, but I think not quite windy enough to get rid of all this fluff.

Much tidier...and cooler! 
We took off enough fluff so that she can stay cool while we're training, but not so much that she'll get cold out in the pasture.  Fee is not an easy keeper, so I don't want to eliminate ALL of her insulation.  This clip is a nice compromise.  Katie also clipped her tattoo so it's legible again.  Hooray.

Looking good, feeling fine.  Ready for some fun!

Life is good.


  1. i'd like to see the tattoo now please.

    that crossbones design looks to me like a calf head with sweet eyes.

    you northerners are weird.

    i have only done something similar once.


  2. Hana, head east to the nearby radio-silence zone not far from you.

    Thereby you avoid embarrassing haircuts and retain your God-given beauty. Which is consirable, and your duty to protect.

    After you enter that no-radio zone, I'm afraid I cannot help you.

    I only saw it on Google Earth.

    Fiddle, sorry you didn't come to me sooner.

  3. Fiddle LIKES her new haircut. She thinks it looks tough.

    All it lacked, when we were done, was a bit of mud, and she's applied that now, so she figures that she looks PERFECT.


  4. I am sure she's happier. I always kept my mare's freeze brand clipped. I thought it looked cool and I hoped it served as some sort of security device - "don't steal this horse. She's protected!" :0)

  5. Love the buttart! You gotta put a gold tooth in the skull at HOTR.

    Interesting clip choice - why the shoulder? Are you worried that her butt's gonna get cold - I mean people (with less hairy beasts) put rump rugs on to keep the heat in. Why not her belly?

    I am thinking about continuing my artwork along Dixie's belly and maybe putting a lightning bolt on her butt. I don't think I'm ready to do flames yet, but one day...


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