A quick update on our facial laceration. It's looking really good!
The scar is much easier to see now that we've been body clipped, but it's really not as unsightly as was expecting, and it'll probably continue to get better.
Body-clipping was a necessity because this boy sweats like nothing I've ever seen. Even a 30 minute ride in 55 degree temperatures causes him to be soaked just like he was here. I did a modified bib-clip myself but that really wasn't enough so we went all out. I didn't do a bridle-path, the inside of his ears, or have his whiskers cut. I've always trimmed whiskers, but I've been reading a bit about how some people are re-thinking the importance of whiskers. That being said, I have yet to find something that looks like a scientific study giving strong evidence one way or the other. The ranch people seem to like them. I'm undecided.
My friend/former student/former barn manager did a great job clipping, and aside from now looking like a scarred-up dun, he's looking rather slick. I can see his muscles now. I'll have to get a better picture to compare to what he looked like when I first got him and he was a pasture potato.
Our first ride after the clip was probably the best ride we've had so I'm sure it's the haircut. We did lead changes on a loose rein! I might be learning how to ride my horse after all!
He looks really dull in the after photo, but after just a day he's starting to have a bit of a shine... which is good because.....
...our first show is Saturday..... Yikes!