Join Date: Sep 2012
Location: NW Arkansas, USA
Ok, went out and checked her out tonight. Couldn't get any good pics of her mane (since I didn't want to take it out and re-braid it just yet!) but here is a "before-ish" shot of her tail, after I took it out of the bag and very lightly picked it out before re-braiding and re-bagging. I know she already has a decent tail, but do you see all that poofy short stuff at the top? I kinda shook my fingers through it to make it stand out better for the picture, so it doesn't usually look quite that bad. But I want to see if it will grow out and join the rest of her tail.
The mane picture is an epic fail, and since her currently mohawk-style bridle path is short, the braid didn't stay. I'm just going to leave that section un-braided until it gets longer. So far no reaction or heat or inflammation, so that's good. Crossing my fingers that it will stay that way.
1) Please don't be too critical of my braiding, as this is my first time trying it other than just completely messing around years ago.
2) I'm sure some of you will notice that Caly has lost some weight over the summer. Here in Nebraska, we've had a horrendous summer where almost the entire month of July was over 100 degrees and very humid. June was hot as well and until this week we didn't see much of a break from the heat. Also, midwestern USA has been in an extreme drought for most of the summer. The horses at my barn have taken the poor weather and dried out pastures hard. I bought Caly in June, and her previous owner said she would do "just fine" on pasture alone. This was in no way the case this summer, and I have since put her on Strategy Healthy Edge and a regular riding schedule to get her back into good shape and to put some weight on her. Also, the small nicks on her hindquarters are from her pasture mates. They tend to harass each other a bit, but she's in the middle of the pecking order so she dishes it out too. :) So I guess I'm saying, please don't be too critical of my horse's condition; she and I are working on pulling out of a very tough season and are definitely a work in progress! Thank you!