March 11, 2015
A few months after you trim the tree it's time to trim the pony! I went out on Saturday, after we'd had some warm days and some snow melting, to address her feet and overall coat. After nearly two weeks blanketed I'm sure she was itchy like crazy!
Dani's fetlocks grow very fuzzy over the winter and due to all the mud and snow of early spring I want to keep her feet tidy to be able to treat any issues with scratches or mud fever.
I have a 4F blade which does a decent job but I think I need one just a little shorter to get her fetlocks looking ever more tidy. I'll have to go again in a couple weeks once I find the blade I need.
Since this is a once of year thing I always make sure to desensitize her to the noise and vibration. I start while standing near her and turn the blade on. We rest and she gets love and scratches. I then move it around and wiggle the extension cord too so she doesn't get freaked from that. We rest and she gets love and scratches.
Then I start around the shoulder and work back to her rump and then back near the base of her chin to get her used to the sound closer. We rest and she gets love and scratches. I also rub the clipper on her so she can feel the vibration. We rest and she gets love and scratches. Next I run down her legs and move the clipper all around her legs under her belly and also run my hands there too. We rest and she gets love and scratches.
She's very calm about it, the only hint that she is paying attention is that her ears turn towards the noise. Sometimes she even turns her head to look at me but with a calm look in her eyes. I had trouble with her jaw line because of the halter. I think I really need to just invest in a simple grooming halter or have a helper to retain her with a rope or something like that. I missed some hairs but will go back when I do some shorter fetlock cuts.
I didn't do her ear this time since it was a long grooming session already. She only has a tiny tuft sticking out at the bottom that I'll just trim with the scissors. She does have some issues with the clippers up near her ear so I can work on her with that but I really find the scissors easiest for the tiny area of the ear. Just FYI I NEVER trim inside the ear since that hair is there to protect from dirt and bugs! My mare is starting to sleek up with her coat. Within a month I'm sure she'll be silky as satin and shiny like crazy. Love those summer coats!