It has been decided that purple is just Dickie's color. Bre is chestnut so anything on the red side of the color wheel looks terrible on her. I haven't been able to use purple, pink, orange, or red for way too long. That means Dickie is going to be sporting some purple and pink for awhile. Poor boy. Do you have a color? Do you stick to it or do you change it up? When I first got into horses (I was an adult) I had a color and everything had to be in that color. Now I am a little more ADD about it. I tend to change it up but for now purple it is.
The other contraption in my photo is a measuring stick!! I have tried to measure him with a tape but it doesn't work. One time he is 15hh the next time he is 16.1hh. It takes two people to measure him with the tape but once two people get into his personal space he is waaaaay to excited to keep still. I took it out tonight and he is officially 16.05 hands at the shoulders (maybe 16.1 because getting him to stand up straight is impossible) and 16.1 and some change at the hind. I thought he was a little taller at the rump but he has def grown!! I feel more comfortable on a bigger horse but as long he fills out this is a nice size for me. Bre is just a smidge under 16hh and I feel great on her. She is also a stout mare with well spring ribs.
Are your horses starting to shed out? Bre is shedding like crazy. She gets a really dense flat coat that stays pretty shiny even in the dead of winter. I always forget how fuzzy she is until she starts shedding. Dickie doesn't have much hair but is starting to drop little bits. He actually stood in the cross ties and let me groom him for a good half hour so I managed to groom out some of his winter coat.
He has also lost a little bit of weight. I remember how much tinkering I did with Bre's grain when she was young. I like to keep them lean when they are young but I did let him get a little on the porky side because I know they usually drop some weight when they change coats. Youngsters also seem to get porky and pot bellied then grow and get skinny. It's only been two weeks since he was a porker and now he's ribby. He will be happy to get more grain. He loves his strategy. It's almost time for teeth too. Hopefully they don't find anything too exciting in there. I need to keep an eye out for baby teeth. I still have two of Bre's baby teeth somewhere from when she was about four.
|"Look at how still I can't stand in the cross ties. Let all the girls admire how sexy I am."|
|"Wait never mind, must toss my head and demand TREATS!!" On a more serious note-look at how great his top line is turning out!!|
|Once again standing still and patient in the cross ties. I thought for sure it would be years before we could enjoy a cross tie grooming session. Now we have had TWO in one week.|
|"Lead rope, nom, nom, nom...."|
|"From the side I look grown up, from the front I am still just a wittle bitty baby."|
|The girls wanted to get in on the fun. Or maybe have some grain.|
|Look at those pretty faces all tucked in.|