Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Ready, Set, Go

Much to Lightning's chagrin he got to help me kick off the 2015 Annual Body Clipping Marathon today. After procrastinating as long as I reasonably could I finally had to start clipping today. Lightning was chosen to be the first victim unwilling participant. He did the usual things to express his displeasure. He twitched his skin, he picked up whatever leg I was trying to clip, he swished his tail, he shook his head, he did all of the usual things. 

Every year when I clip him I hope he will skip his ritual of urinating in the barn aisle, but true to form he did not. I used to try to stop him when he would start to park out and prepare to urinate. But all it did was make him even more fussy. He now has me well trained since I think this is maybe our sixth year of body clipping, and when he makes his preparations to urinate I just stand back and let him. He usually decides to urinate about halfway through being clipped. I don't try to rush him to a stall (he just stands there and won't pee), I don't try to stop him, I just let it happen and sweep up the mess. He has never skipped a year with this charming ritual. 

I now officially have one horse clipped and have many more to go. 


Lightning getting clipped

looking for an escape route

Taco, Johnny, Sebastian and Nemo

Lighty and Mick

Walon and Rubrico

River and Donovan napping; Largo, Clayton, Oskar and Johnny hanging out

Lucky and Duesy

B-Rad, Alex and Taco

Thomas and Trigger

Homer, Tony, Grand and Ritchie

Dolly and Calimba

Maisie and Cuffie


lytha said...

Lightning's my favorite. Sorry he makes it hard for you!

Lori Skoog said...

I hope you don't have to clip too many horses...that will take awhile. I have not seen that barn before, just the run ins. Nice!

An American in Tokyo said...

Why don't you get ready with a bucket and put it underneath him? ;)