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dressage, Horse Care, Horses & Mud, Shedding

Mud Season at the Barn

Temps have soared into the high 40’s and low 50’s, which feels downright balmy after this winter’s frigid temps. We’re happy to say farewell to snow and ice, as it’s easier and safer to walk outside the barn and turn the horses out again. Alas, the ground is soaked with melted snow, which means mud is our new theme. Mud, I did not miss you.

If there’s mud, horses will find it. Elle takes advantage of our False Spring, carefully camouflaging herself to blend in with her paddock. I’m grateful not to own a grey.


As a result of our False Spring weather (Yes, I am bitter! Winter will be back just as soon as we adapt to warmer temps), the horses are beginning to shed. Think buckets of hair.
Combine long-haired horses with muddy turnout and what do you get? A filthy horse, nearly impossible to groom without a bath. Goodbye clean saddle pads. I miss you already.
I admit I was feeling sorry for myself as I turned Micah out after today’s awesome lesson. “The next time I see you, you’ll be a muddy mess,” I said.
But as I turned to go, a blotchy apparition caught my eye. Elle, a normally elegant grey mare, had done a thorough job of camouflaging herself. She looked combat ready.
“Things could be worse,” I thought to myself, grateful that Micah is a bay.
May your own Spring be true and may you and your horses stay happy and healthy through the change of season.

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dressage, Shedding, Superbowl

Shedding Our Way Through the Superbowl

Skip the snacks and get on with the shedding! So seemed to be the motto for this year’s Superbowl Sunday.
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We’re having a false spring here in Central Oregon, with temps soaring into the 50’s and low 60’s. What’s a horse to do? Shed, apparently.
I dressed for the barn knowing I’d be covered in horse hair within minutes of arriving at the barn. Accordingly, I put on an outfit I didn’t much care for and spent less than the usual amount of time on personal grooming. Why bother?
Out in the pasture, the ponies were NAKED for the first time in months. They looked happy and carefree, grazing in the sun without their blankets.
Clearly, the opportunity to romp in the mud had been taken advantage of, especially by the grey horses. In particular, Orisis did a super job of camouflaging her beautiful, upper-level physique. She thoroughly disguised herself with a chic new look that will take her mother days to undo.
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Micah, of course, took full advantage of the opportunity to grind mud deeply into his coat, making grooming a multi-sensory task involving both grit and hair. Just check out how great his coat looks!
We celebrated the first day of faux spring with two satisfying rounds with the shedding blade — both prior to and following our morning ride. I left Micah looking several pounds lighter, knowing I’ll be spending just as much (fun) time again tomorrow.
The good news is that if this weather holds, we’ll fit in a bath — for both horse and rider.
As for the Superbowl, I didn’t mind missing it. The Clydesdales just weren’t out in full force this year.

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