Monday, April 11, 2011

April Spa Day

If Royal could see this title, he'd disagree. Spas are supposed to be relaxing and his spa day wasn't. But that had less to do with the spa treatments and more with other factors.

We had a pretty big thunderstorm Saturday night, which meant mud galore. And that the arena flooded again. I went out to the farm to find this:

Who says bays can't get dirty?

So I brushed him off and was just starting to pick out his hooves when I heard a familiar cracking sound. Which could only mean one thing: Needle-Dick was up to his crap again. Royal, bless his heart, let me pick out his feet but it was obvious he was worried about Needle-Dick's issues. He continued to be a good boy and let me detangle his mane and tail, which took a while. I haven't really touched either all winter, so there were a lot a snarls to get out. Luckily, I have a really nice detangler and it looked so much nicer. As did he.

Notice how much thinner he looks than the dirty picture. Part of that is I brushed a lot of hair off, and part is Needle-Dick's gunshots were really bothering him and he was not happy about being tied to the wall. He tends to appear thinner and taller when he's tense.

I tried to see if his new bridle fit him any differently now that a lot of his winter hair has fallen off and it does look different. But, much to my chagrin, I have to tighten the noseband in order to stop it flopping around on his face. He can still chew, but I'm not entirely happy. I'll try to soften it up and make it more flexible, but right now I'm cursing the rules that make nosebands mandatory for showing.

I think he still looks handsome, though.


  1. Wow, nice clean up job! My horses look all like the "before" pics right now, so a spring spa day is definitely in order! I am sorry to hear about your cat... I lost my cat of 15 plus year a couple years ago and I know how hard it is...
    By the way, do you have any natural shows in your area?

    Petra Christensen
    Parelli 2Star Junior Instructor
    Parelli Central

  2. Not as far as I know. The only instructor near me is Nita Jo Rush and I haven't heard about anything from her. And the natural shows just don't interest me all that much. :/

  3. Oh, that's too bad :-) Nita Jo has a really cool newsletter with lots of good tips though!