How to Make a Buckskin

First take a pretty palomino.

PC: Susie Heffernan




Whose ears normally look like this:

Add one shelter that your two toddlers are intent on destroying:

That trough beneath him is full of hay, but destroying things is more fun. #blmmustang #horsesofinstagram #troublemaker

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Add no-chew paint:

And voila:

Instant Buckskin.

Since he doesn’t even like having his ears touched, washing them isn’t going to happen.  I need to try to take some nail polish remover out and see if that’ll even work and if he’ll let me wipe them off without trying to kill me. In the meantime, I’m calling him a buckskin and comforting myself with the fact that many people pay lots of money for buckskins.

It’s that or cry.

18 thoughts on “How to Make a Buckskin

  1. Teresa

    oh my Levi! I’m not sure if this would work for you or not but Royce gets horses used to having their ears touched with a dressage whip or lunge whip handle. That was he can stay back enough if they fling their head around. He keeps doing it until they stop. He also starts it when they are already tired after a work out.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I can touch his ears at this point. I worked hard on that. When I first got him he’d try to lunge and bite if you touched his ears. Now I can handle them for bridling and other minor touching. But brushing them is still a huge deal and I don’t think washing will go over at all.

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