|Fear the Beard. Ginger in a prairie winter, 2012. Sadly, hair growth for a west coast 'winter' is about the same.|
I'm not one to be overly concerned about looks, though. What I am concerned about is excessively sweaty ponies that won't dry out in our cool, damp, winter climate. So far, I've been lucky with Ginger - she's not an overly sweaty kind of girl. Midge....well, she's like me and gets sweaty and gross even thinking about work. It's been progressively getting worse as the weeks go by and her coat gets longer, and after this last lesson I admittedly could not get her completely dried off even though we did a minimal amount of work in the lesson itself.
G of course has never heard of such a thing and thinks clipping even a little of Bridget's hair off is more than slightly ridiculous. He's of the opinion the weather is going to cool off a bit more and she'll feel better. Maybe? I'm not sure. So here's my pros/cons list:
PRO: Comfortable, easy to cool out pony.
CON: Signing myself up for winter blanketing.
PRO: Looks tidier, easier to groom.
CON: If I'm doing the clipping - it could easily end up looking terrible. There is no one local to hire.
PRO: Internet has lots of handy resources, how hard can it be?
CON: It's the internet, not real life.
CON: I'd need to purchase clippers: and
CON: I just spent money on construction materials for jumps which:
CON: I built in the garage which:
CON: Led to G parking his truck in the driveway, which;
CON: I then backed my truck into this morning;
CON: Leading G to declare 'Those are now the most expensive jumps EVER'. and
CON: Making him quite uncharitable about the thought of me spending more $ on horses
Seriously, though, who out there clips? Since my horsey budget will now be going towards autobody repair, can I do a bib clip or a trace clip without spending a ton of $ on clippers? Those that don't clip, any tips for speeding up the drying out process in a damp climate? (Like can I use a hair dryer or something?) I obviously don't want Bridget to be uncomfortable.