Connor's Spa Day!

14h, 8 year old, bay pony gelding. The FLO picked this horse up from an Indian Reservation and was told that he was wild. The FLO owner decided to hold him back for now, so he halter broke him. This guy is a little resistant to having the halter put on but once it is on, he walked calmly and obediently behind him.

Connor's Spa Day!

Postby Juliane on Sat Aug 26, 2006 10:56 pm

So, the first thing I noticed about Connor, other than his undeniably cuteness factor, was that his tail was a complete log of tangles. There were a couple strands of hair that hung down, but mostly it was just a huge rat's nest! Ugh!!! He couldn't use it to swish at the flies as it hung there heavily.

It was driving me nuts, so today I tied him up to my horse trailer and spent *4 hours* untangling that thing. Man, I am so lucky there weren't any scissors nearby! I was tempted to chop it off!

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I ended up using quite a bit of detangler, several brushes and at one point, even the hoof pick to get out many of the tight tangles that I couldn't get out with my fingers. When I was done, I was surprised to see that his tail had gone from short (just below his hocks) to long, think and dragging on the ground! Wow!

However, since I'd used so much detangler, his tail was sticky. So, I decided to rinse it out. But I couldn't rinse his tail without washing his whole body too right!? :P

So, Connor got a bath! He was so good as he stood there untied and I shampooed his body, mane and tail. The poor guy sure has a ton of war wounds on him :( I can't wait to see them all healed up and his coat all nice and sleek again!

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Since his mommy, Chelsea, is coming to visit him tomorrow, I wanted him to look as perfect as possible when she arrived, so I decided to put a blanket on him to prevent him from getting too dirty! He wasn't too thrilled with that idea, but got over it pretty quickly. He's pretty good at pouting though! :P

I also braided his tail so it didn't get all dirty dragging in the dirt. I think Chelsea and I are going to trim the ends so it's blunt like a little hunter jumper pony! Should be cute!!

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Once we were finally back to the barn, he dove into his waiting hay like he was starving.. I guess he was away from his hay for a few hours! :P Must have been starving!

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Connor has definitely been handled before! He tied perfectly today, allowed me to bathe him, brush him all over, etc. He never had any issues leading the fair distance from his barn to my house. I think Chelsea and I may try saddling him up tomorrow! Wish us luck!!!
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Postby Rachelle on Sun Aug 27, 2006 6:14 am

Yes, good luck, though it looks like you shouldn't have too much trouble. :D I thought he was a wild unhandled horse. Hmmm I guess they were wrong huh... :D He so cute!
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Postby barrelgurl on Sun Aug 27, 2006 8:35 pm

He is such a cute horse!! And he is so super clean and shiney now 8)
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