Poor Shaved Mustangs

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Was this poor horse:
A. Attacked by raccoons
B. Clipped by half-blind barn-rats who’ve never done this before
C. Clipped by his owner who should know better

I don’t know what to say; there really are no words. The pictures are sad enough.

I don’t even have a good excuse. I have good clippers (Lister Stars) with new blades, he was washed and dried in advance, he didn’t fidget/fight me (except when I tried to do his legs which is why those are only half done), and I have actually done this a bunch of times before. There’s no excuse for this travesty.

what even are my hands doing? But that’s a whole ‘nother post…

It was bad from basically the first swipe too. My thought process:

why is this so bad?
maybe I can just go over this spot again and even it out
oh god, no it’s worse
I should just stop
no let’s just even out this…
dammit it’s worse
maybe if I just…
nope, now there’s a new line
oh god

I did discover that Levi has little pink spots on his skin. I’m not sure if this is normal for Palominos? Neither Dijon nor Nilla have such spots. I did start to panic and think he might have Appy in him and maybe that’s why his tail is so short and it’ll never grow in like I’ve been hoping. But then I went and reviewed some pictures and his tail is very slowly growing in so I talked myself down from that needless freakout.

Levi was very good though. He got a bit pissed about me doing his hind legs, but to be fair, he doesn’t like me touching them to begin with – we’re working on this. He stood quietly for the rest of the shave including his whole belly and other ticklish areas and even let me shave his jaw line. I was very impressed with his behavior.

Sadly – or really for the better – I didn’t finish until the sun had gone behind the hills so the pictures don’t really capture just how bad he looks. Thankfully, he has a few weeks to grow it back in before we go somewhere and embarrass ourselves.

20 thoughts on “Poor Shaved Mustangs

  1. martidoll123

    the good news is that it will grow back in! the bad news is yes he looks a bit moth-eaten (which is why i havent done my buckskin yet as he would look the same)! Hilarious though I know that feeling after the first swipe when you are like oh my god what i have i don! I did Remus’ cheek whiskers a month or so ago (Seriously he has to be part goat he has the longest whiskers!) and he still looks like he went thru surgery HA!

  2. Appydoesdressage

    “I did start to panic and think he might have Appy in him” Hey, that isn’t such a bad thing! HA!

    It is just hair, don’t worry too much about it. I can’t help you with pink flecks in skin, the skin on my App is quite varied in color lol.

    1. Olivia Post author

      I don’t dislikes appaloosas, I just really, really want his tail to grow back in and no one at the auction knew why it was short so I’ve never been sure it would grow at all. Appys do not have good tail growing genes. If he grows his tail in, he can have all the spots he wants.

  3. Wendy

    Hahaha! that thought process is exactly what went through my head last week while *trying* to clip my girl, lol! It’s hard. 😛

  4. Emma

    Awwwww haha he is super cute tho!! Also I once heard that the difference between a bad clip and a good clip is about a week lol. There’s hope yet 😉

    1. Olivia Post author

      Actually he really didn’t care much about being clipped. He was more bored that he had to stand still than anything. He also really wanted to put the clippers in his mouth since that’s his toddler-like approach to everything.

  5. Stacie Seidman

    I’ve always said the difference between a good clip job and a bad one is about two weeks! So nice that he behaved for most of it though! That’s a big deal!

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