Due to weather, we’ve had limited turnout and sporadic chances to ride this past week. “Limited turnout” and “Eli” don’t go together well, but I do what I can to get him exercised for the day. On Saturday, he went in the round pen both before and after I rode him in the fields, and he rolled in the sandy mud both times. So I went through a fairly thorough grooming session twice on Saturday.
After he went out in the round pen the second time, he came in covered in sand. Even though he hates being brushed, he tolerates the shedding blade.
I scraped all over his body with the shedding blade, but obviously not his legs or face.
I rinsed his legs after scraping most of the sandy mud from his feet. He also enjoys a good curry with a soft rubber curry and looked completely passable after that.
But I am not going for passable, I am going for gleamy. I took the Leistner Satchmo brush, the stiffest short-bristled brush Eli will let me use (it’s not stiff at all, really) and started going over his coat, lifting up more sandy dust out of it and his coat started looking much better.
By this time, Eli had no qualms about grinding his teeth, pinning his ears, and nipping because a second long grooming session in one day is not in his contract. Or something. But I took little notice and continued buffing his coat with a soft brush.
This left Eli much cleaner then when we started, but he really needs a bath to get truly clean at this point. I have been neglecting his mane and tail, too, but we have some warm weather this week where I may be able to shampoo and condition both mane and tail.