So, many of you know about Bessie and how we ended up rescueing her. Anyway, her tail was nothing but this huge rat from the end of her tail bone all the way down to her fetlocks. I felt sorry for her but I couldn't bring myself to cut it off. Especially since it is fly season. So this evening, I got so tired of looking at it like that, I took a bottle of conditioner out just to see what I could do. I know the guy that we got her from so I know that she has never had any real grooming past just a quick brushing. When I first turned the water on, she snorted a little bit and sidestepped. So I just let it spray on the ground away from her for a few seconds then started at her back feet. Once she figured out that the cold water felt really good, she stood like a champ. You would swear that she had been getting baths her whole life. Anyway, I squirted the conditioner and got started. This is what it looked like in the beginning:
And after about 3 hours of work, this is the result. Poor girl got so restless standing there with me pulling hair out of her tail, she kept moving her butt back and forth but I can't really blame her. I ended up having to cut about 8 inches off the bottom because it was dragging the ground. LOL. These pix were taken after I cut it off at the pastern.
Just after I started, my Dad came home and said "You know, if it was me, I think I'd just cut it." BLASPHEMY!! To cut something as gorgeous as that would have just been wrong. Those 3 hours were definitely worth it. I broke so many hairs though that it is a lot thinner than it will be when it grows back out. That big spot of white under the date on this last pic? That's not water, that is the pile of hair that I pulled out. At least she can swat at flies more comfortably now. You know what was in the middle of the whole thing? A huge mass of cockleburrs. Fortunately, they had been in there long enough that they had begun to decay and were very soft.