As I’ve mentioned before, the lockdown meant that Galahad did not get his second clip this winter. That didn’t really matter all that much – especially as I didn’t ride him for so long. It is just a bit annoying that he is still moulting!
More irritating for me though was the fact that his bridle path was growing out. He has so much mane that the bridle path is very useful to have – plus it looks pretty silly when it is growing out and sticking straight up in the air!
I decided though that this at least was something I could deal with and attacked it with the scissors. It may not be quite as neat as it would have been with clippers but it did the job and he looks much smarter again. Perhaps this year I’ll remember to trim it throughout the summer too!
The day after Galahad had his back check he and I went out for a hack. It was the first time in a while that we had hacked out from anywhere other than home and to start with he was a bit reluctant to leave. Once we did get going though he was very keen to go indeed! So much so that I decided to go a bit further than I had planned just to work off some of his excess energy.
He was very jolly though and I’m not really sure that it made much difference. However, we had a good time even if we were going faster than I would have liked. Unsurprisingly I have no pictures from the hack though – I did not think it would be safe!
That afternoon was haircut time for Galahad. Cookster is definitely moulting now and since Galahad won’t for months yet he needed doing – he had enough hair to fill an entire wheelbarrow!
He is now a two rug pony. It seems odd for an Exmoor but he has been wearing a rug for the last month anyway to help his sore muscles and we needed to replace the warmth of his coat with something.
Apparently he was still full of energy even then but behaved pretty well. He certainly looks very smart now.