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.