Lol, ok, so, over in another board I told a story about how my horse's tail was so thick and heavy that she couldn't properly lift it to go potty and thus got dirty ALL the time!
Yes yes, I know that cleaning it would have been a better option, however, I couldn't clean it EVERY day.
So, what do I do? I take some scissors to her that's what! Lol
I trimmed up along her dock and shaped it around her big 'ol rear so that it 'layered' nicely, as well as up underneath a bit where it got the dirtiest.
While doing this another boarder who owns western pleasure show horses comes up and gives me a look far dirtier than my horse's tail. She looks at me and asks "What on EARTH are you doing?!" and I state the obvious "Cutting her tail to keep it clean" lol. I then get a small lecture that I should just wash it regularly and or 'pull' it.
Now, I know what pulling is, but I don't really want to spend an hour yanking at the hairs on my horses butt! Lol
I don't show or compete or anything. I just go, love on my girl and ride in a small riding area or out in a pasture. I don't even go on trail rides with other people lol.
Same day, same grannie. When done with my horse's tail, I move to her ears, yes, with the scissors! Lol. So, Caddy is standing like the lovely lady she is and I'm just snipping away when the grannie returns. Not so politely she asks me why I don't just take some clippers to her ears if I was so worried about it. I just smile and shrug and explain that I don't own a pair of clippers. She tells me that there are some 'communal' clippers up in some cabinet. I didn't really feel like getting into. (Not really hot on using other people's things, communal or otherwise hehe)
So yeah, that's my funny little story of being so very 'un-horsey' that I take scissors to my horse lol.
Really...what's the big deal with pulling and clipping if it works for the horse and the rider?